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Volume 2 Number 2, 2011
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Xu, D. (2011). The evaluation of web participatory learning tools and the criteria for selecting virtual classroom software. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 2(2), 1-22.

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The advantage of web participatory learning tools in second language acquisition and the cruciality of virtual classrooms in distance learning have raised two questions for the study of technology-based language teaching and learning: (1) how to evaluate the web participatory learning tools, and (2) how to select the virtual classroom software (VCS) for language teaching and learning. Based on the concepts of participation and interaction established by Fortin (1997) and the six numerical measures of participation and interaction proposed by Xu & Jin (2009), this paper evaluates six commonly used web participatory learning tools (discussion board, blogs, Skype-type software, Moodle-based service network, LiveMocha, and Second Life). Meanwhile, it extends the six numerical measures of participation and interaction to the selection of VCS by filtering out nine VCS for language teaching and learning and summarizing four criteria for VCS selection. §1 is motivation, §2 is the evaluation of web participatory learning tools, §3 is the criteria for VCS selection, and §4 is conclusion.

网络参与式学习工具在第二语言习得中的显著优势以及虚拟课堂在网络教学和远程教学中的必不可少性使网络参与式学习工具的评测与虚拟课堂软件(Virtual Classroom Software, VCS)的选择成为科技与语言教学中的两个重要课题。本文根据 Fortin(1997)提出的参与度和互动性的定义,在许/靳(2009)提出的测量参与度和互动性六项标准数字化的基础上对六种常见网络参与式学习工具(讨论板、Discussion board、博客 Blogs、Skype 型软件、Moodle 型服务网、LiveMocha 和第二人生,Second Life)进行了评测。同时,把测量参与度和互动性的六项标准运用到虚拟课堂软件的选择上,筛选出了九种适合于语言教学的虚拟课堂软件并在此基础上提出了选择虚拟课堂软件的四项标准。本文共分四部分,一是研究动机,二是网络参与式学习工具的评测,三是虚拟课堂软件的选择标准,四是结语。

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