(Re)Designing Augmented Reality Applications to Facilitate Intercultural Telecollaborations

  • Stella Hadjistassou KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence
Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR), intercultural telecollaboration, Learning Management System (LMS), language learning

Abstract

This paper draws on design-based research to develop a real-world classroom Augmented Reality (AR) scenario which was accompanied by tasks used to mediate intercultural telecollaboration. It investigates the role of these tasks and AR scenario in enacting affordances to enrich students’ learning experiences, to establish a connection between classroom management techniques, their local context and future teaching practices and to promote insightful reflections on such practices. The trajectories upon which these tasks were designed were practice-oriented inviting students to explore three options in dealing with classroom misbehavior and reserved students. Using their mobile devices, students could view in AR a classroom setting, a student’s disruptive behavior and three possible approaches in dealing with such behavior. Upon exploring the three options in handling classroom misbehavior, students across the two participating academic institutions in Europe could post their comments on a newly created platform, ReDesign.

Author Biography

Stella Hadjistassou, KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence

Dr. Stella Hadjistassou is a research fellow at the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence. Previously, she served as Acting Director of the Language Center at UCY for two years, where she was also a visiting lecturer. She also holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Composition and Linguistics (with a focus on CALL) from Arizona State University, as well as an MTESOL degree and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She specializes in Computer-enhanced language learning, Applied Linguistics, Social Virtualities, Augmented Reality, ecological perspectives in language teaching and learning in multimodal learning environments, and Cultural-historical Activity Theory (CHAT).

Stella has taught multiple conventional, hybrid, and online courses in the United States and in Cyprus in second language teaching and technology, teaching methodology, research methods, sociolinguistics, and English as a second language. She has also published in the areas of computer-enhanced language learning. She has coordinated, led and collaborated in various nationally and European funded projects related to social virtualities, Augmented Reality, CMC, and CHAT. Further, she participates in several studies on the use of Web 2.0 tools and applications, AR apps, and i-Pad applications for teacher training and learning. Email: stella1@asu.edu

Published
2021-03-18
How to Cite
Hadjistassou, S. (2021). (Re)Designing Augmented Reality Applications to Facilitate Intercultural Telecollaborations. Journal of Learning for Development , 8(1), 58-73. Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/413