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    proteach Italia

    Proteach Italia is the collaborative research project, launched in 2007 by the Open University's KMi and the University of Padova. The project aims to explore the use of video conferencing innovations to enhance the learning experience of professional groups.

    Specifically, the project will evaluate the use of FM and Compendium in the teaching of Italian language teaching professionals as they learn techniques for teaching English to students.

    "This is a most exciting collaboration for us as it will produce tangible results in our VLE" said Paula de Waal, the e-learning manager of the facoltà di scienze della formazione at the University of Padova.

    The research team are interested to see the impact of video training as opposed to face to face sessions and to evaluate the analysis of meeting patterns by analysing the broadcast and text chat use within the tutorial groups. The team has launched FM guidance and etiquette models for tutor moderated meetings, focusing on naturalistic examples in foreign language teaching settings, using the experiences of the Padova case study. The Padova e-learning group teaches 7 groups of 8-10 learners each, with the goal to improve conversational skills, narrative skills and story-telling using videoconferencing.

    The research aims to consider the application of live online video intereactions to support the professional learning of language teachers across boundaries. The use of argument mapping with Compendium as a stand-alone or incorporated tool will provide research into the building of visual representation of knowledge in multi language learning environments.

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