A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar on 'Design for Computer Assisted Language learning' with Susan Sun
This exploratory review brings together research that investigates computer-assisted language learning (CALL), and research in the field of learning design, paying particular attention to the theoretical frameworks and approaches of design for learning. The attempts of connecting the two fields stem from two critical foci and commitments of design for learning: (1) on the contemporary learning context which has become increasingly learner-centered and technology-rich, and (2) on the learning process which is, now widely recognized and accepted, constantly evolving, configurative, dynamic and complex. Design for learning asserts that technology-enhanced learning (TEL) could only be partly designed; the other part – the learning process – is emerging and created through the actions of participants in the learning networks. Therefore, the ecology and architecture of a learning network become the focus of investigation. I will present a preliminarily synthesis of the two fields, which signals potential synergies. I argue that design for learning, which is grounded in the contemporary theories of learning, merits being seriously looked at by CALL researchers and practitioners. The synergies will broaden the understanding of CALL and strengthen its design.
Susan Sun is a senior lecturer in the School of Language and Culture at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She is also a part-time PhD student at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, the University of Sydney, under the supervision of Professor Peter Goodyear. Her current research focuses on designing for fully online language learning. Her URL.