Collaborative VOD Platform for Classroom Observation
Wednesday, June 25 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Classroom observation research has been conducted to investigate how language classes reflect Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories since the late 20th century, and one of the validated methods to measure communicativeness of a class called COLT was invented by N, Spada and M. Fröhlich. This method, though, has not largely prevailed for use in classrooms because of its time-consuming procedure of transcribing, segmenting, and coding. The authors, in order to overcome this shortcoming, have developed a new video-on-demand platform named VODCAST, which can help conduct classroom observation and analysis with great efficiency and speed. It has a possibility of becoming a powerful tool with which to assess a language class by pre-service and in-service teachers, and to specify the essential elements of language classes. This paper expounds the development process and the useful functions of VODCAT. It also proposes the future plan for collaborative lessons.