Integrating Telecollaborative Networks into Foreign Language Higher Education
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More and more educators in European universities are using the internet to bring their students into contact with other classrooms around the world so they can collaborate together, develop their foreign language skills and gain experience of intercultural collaboration...
The Erasmus Multilateral Project INTENT (Integrating Telecollaborative Networks into Foreign Language Higher Education) aims to raise greater awareness among students, educators and decision makers of telecollaboration as a tool for virtual mobility in FL education at the Higher Education (university) level and also on achieving more effective integration of telecollaboration in Higher Education Institutions.
The INTENT project has the following objectives:
- Establish a clear overview of the levels of use of telecollaboration, explore attitudes to the activity among key stake holders across European HEI’s, and identify practical barriers to the take-up of telecollaboration.
- Develop a set of tools, telecollaborative models and partner networks to overcome barriers and facilitate telecollaboration practice.
- Develop a set of workable solutions to address the lack of academic recognition which telecollaboration receives at Higher Education level.
- Publish an online training manual with models of telecollaborative exchange which enable a closer integration of virtual and physical mobility.
- Publish documents and make presentations to inform the academic community.
- Engage decision makers at institutional, regional and national levels in a collaborative dialogue as to how telecollaboration can be effectively employed as a tool for the achievement of the Bologna process. Publish a document based on this process of consultation and dialogue.