Collaborative Learner Autonomy and Immersion in Embodied Virtual Language Learning Environment

ID: 41661 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Laura Pihkala-Posti, Pekka Kallioniemi, Mikael Uusi-Mäkelä, Pentti Hietala, Jaakko Hakulinen, Markku Turunen, Jussi Okkonen, Sanna Kangas, Roope Raisamo, and Tuuli Keskinen, University of Tampere, Finland

Thursday, June 26 1:30 PM-2:00 PM

Presider:
Fleur Deboutte, IRIS Hospitals, Belgium

Current language pedagogy emphasizes concepts such as learner autonomy, agency and authenticity. ICT-technology opens up new possibilities to support these concepts. However, we feel that there have not been holistic solutions that would support the user while retaining a level of autonomy. In this paper we present the initial findings from the evaluation of Berlin Kompass application. Berlin Kompass offers a novel way for two users to interact in a virtual environment, where they negotiate their way through the city using embodied interaction with Kinect. The initial empirical results obtained with 200 students lend credibility to our idea that the application and its technological solutions support a realization of important pedagogical goals in foreign language learning.

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