Share Paper: Collaborative Learner Autonomy and Immersion in Embodied Virtual Language Learning Environment

  1. Laura Pihkala-Posti, University of Tampere, Finland
  2. Pekka Kallioniemi, University of Tampere, Finland
  3. Mikael Uusi-Mäkelä, University of Tampere, Finland
  4. Pentti Hietala, University of Tampere, Finland
  5. Jaakko Hakulinen, University of Tampere, Finland
  6. Markku Turunen, University of Tampere, Finland
  7. Jussi Okkonen, University of Tampere, Finland
  8. Sanna Kangas, University of Tampere, Finland
  9. Roope Raisamo, University of Tampere, Finland
  10. Tuuli Keskinen, University of Tampere, Finland
Thursday, June 26 1:30 PM-2:00 PM B3116

Abstract: 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 ...