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ERIC Number: EJ1099285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0958-8221
Perceptions of Webcam Use by Experienced Online Teachers and Learners: A Seeming Disconnect between Research and Practice
Kozar, Olga
Computer Assisted Language Learning, v29 n4 p779-789 2016
Videoconferencing tools, like Skype, etc., are being increasingly used in language education worldwide. Despite assumed socio-affective and pedagogical benefits of using webcams in synchronous online language lessons, such as the feeling of co-presence or the possibilities of non-verbal communication, little is known about attitudes held by experienced online teachers towards webcams and their actual use of this tool during private online language lessons. This study interviews 20 experienced online language tutors and 20 adult students about their attitudes towards webcams and their use of webcams. The findings suggest that most teachers and students only used webcams at the start of their lessons for socio-affective reasons and discontinued the use of webcams after the first 2-3 weeks. Some common reasons for reducing the use of webcams were the perception of "webcamming" as a more tiring mode, the feeling of self-consciousness and privacy concerns. The study calls for more research on the use of webcams, webcam-specific semio-pedagogical skills and suggests directions of future studies.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Kazakhstan; Russia; Ukraine; United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States
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