?

Log in

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Maria's WK 10 discussion prompt

Sanchez-Serano (2008) talks about the difficulties in distance learning, and some of us may have experienced some of these difficulties in our last class. Many of these problems dealt with the technology itself. However, Sanchez-Serano mentions a more ethical concern dealing with the digital divide, and asks how this divide affects distance learning, in particular foreign language teaching. So, my question is have you seen first hand the effects of the digital divide in distance learning - foreign language? If not what do you think are the effects? What are some ways teachers and/or ELLs can overcome the digital divide?
Maria

Comments

nwl984
Mar. 27th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
After having class via Second Life I think distance learning can have its own attractions as well as difficulties. Although students may feel uncomfortable when they start distance learning because of the unfamiliar environment, once they get used to it and learn the technology they can take advantage of the material offered by distance learning. Second Life is a great tool for students to enjoy distance learning. I believe that creating an interesting environment for foreign language learners can encourage them to become more interested in distance learning.
loula_1983
Apr. 2nd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
I agree. An interesting environment is key, but do you think that students who sign up for distance learning should have some basic traing in technology before they start the class to avoid major problems and help the class flow easier?

Profile

callspot
The CALL Spot

Latest Month

May 2009
S M T W T F S
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Page Summary

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow