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Promoting Engagement through Collaborative and Cooperative Social Activity

We live in a world with varied emerging technologies and contexts in which we can practice writing. This new media lands

Greg Kessler

on 12 September 2016

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Transcript of Promoting Engagement through Collaborative and Cooperative Social Activity

Using These Contexts & Artifacts in Teaching Supports:

Learner Autonomy

Collaborative Learning

Successful Group Work


Co-constructed Participatory culture Promotes:

Varied Voices



Activities Built Upon Digitally Mediated Artifacts & Contexts

Kessler, G. (2013). Collaborative language learning
in co-constructed participatory culture. CALICO Journal, 30(3), 307-322.
Kessler, G. (2013). Invited Essay: Teaching ESL/EFL
in a world of social media, mash-ups and hyper-collaboration. TESOL Journal, 4(4).
Promoting Engagement through Participatory Social Practices

Greg Kessler
Ohio University

Social and New Media are
Ubiquitous in our Lives Today
The Artifacts of Social and
New Media are Rich and Compelling
Why Use Social and New Media & Associated Digital Artifacts to Construct Collaborative Learning Materials and Activities?
Social & New Media Promote
Collaborative & Co-Constructive
Participatory Culture
Feedback Delivered in Varied ways increases uptake (Ducate & Arnold, 2012)

Interactive Feedback Promotes Reflection (Ferris, 2012)
Social and New Media Cultivate
Contexts and Artifacts that are:

Linguistically Rich






Kessler, G. (2014). Using Technology to Teach ESL Readers & Writers. In N. Evans, N. Anderson & B. Eggington (Eds) ESL Readers and Writers in Higher Education: Understanding Challenges, Providing Support. Routledge: London & New York.
Reflection & Tips

The awareness of these technological developments can be equally exciting or intimidating depending on your perspective. Smarter tools mean that teachers need to be more informed about how, when, and why to incorporate such tools. Such decisions suggest that CALL teacher preparation is now more important than it ever has been.

Focus on pedagogy

Allow classroom practice to mimic authentic communication

Don’t wait to be an expert

Ease into new practices

Kessler, G. (in progress). Thinking Allowed: The current state of CALL. Language Teaching: Oxford.
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