Use of a Virtual Learning Environment to Teach Referencing and Researching, Polls and Plenaries, Collaboration and Success

By Brian Gallagher.

Published by The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: February 1, 2016 $US5.00

Effective use of a Virtual Learning Environment can dramatically increase student understanding and lead to success in writing academic papers, promote collaboration and document success. By maximizing cooperation and transparency, plagiarism can be learned more easily and reduced to minimal levels. Correct referencing and extended research can create a positive climate outside of class, leading to a more productive climate in class. Inclusive polls and plenaries can support student learning and flag those students who are falling behind. Individual student progress can be monitored and used as a teaching tool. Withdrawing assessment for learning may increase student involvement and commitment to your program leading to greater student satisfaction and ultimate student success. The EDMODO virtual learning environment is a well-supported and easily maintainable system which allows teacher control at both class and student levels. This paper will show techniques and the pedagogical reasoning behind usage in order to enhance student learning and the process of writing as well as understanding of plagiarism and how to avoid it. Learning how to set-up a class and teach collaboration with different exercises will extend participants the opportunity to extrapolate further application of the environment for their own purposes.

Keywords: Academic Writing, Second Language, Blended Learning, Communication

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society: Annual Review, Volume 11, pp.15-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: February 1, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 619.128KB)).

Mr. Brian Gallagher

Full-Time EFL Lecturer, Department of British & American Studies, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Niishin, Aichi, Japan

Brian Gallagher is currently an EFL Lecturer at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Aichi, Japan. Over a decade teaching EFL in Japan at all levels, now specializing in academic writing by promoting IT skills and collaboration with computer assisted language learning (CALL). Previously a HS Science and Mathematics teacher, Brian is now focused on academic writing and its issues for students.