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What are the good practices in using videoconferencing for professional learning?

Language teaching

Proteach Italia is the collaborative research project, launched in 2007 by the Knowledge Media Institute and the University of Padova. The project aims to explore the use of new video conferencing innovations to enhance the learning experience of professional groups.

Specifically, the project will evaluate the use of FM in the teaching of Italian language teaching professionals as they learn techniques for teaching English to students.

"This is a most exciting collaboration for us as it will produce tangible results in our VLE" said Paula de Waal, the e-learning manager of the facoltà di scienze della formazione at the University of Padova.

The research team are interested to see the impact of video training as opposed to face to face sessions and to evaluate the analysis of meeting patterns by analysing the broadcast and text chat use within the tutorial groups. The team will soon launch FM guidance and etiquette models for foreign language educational practitioners, using the experiences of the Padova case study, regarding conversational skills, narrative skills and story-telling using videoconferencing.

For more For more information, please contact:
Paula de Waal - eLearning manager
University of Padova