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Managing the multiplex
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Much of online learning has consisted of text-based communication, but as broadband connections improve and become more widespread, the promise of multimodal synchronous communication becomes a real possibility for many language teachers and learners and not just a dream. Being informed and prepared and developing skills that can be adapted and applied in different situations can help prevent the dream of multimodal teaching and learning from becoming a nightmare. The technical issues that arise may not always be the hindrance we might imagine but in fact may contribute to a stronger sense of social presence and contribute to learning outcomes. Polychronic communication (multicommunicating) is described as “managing multiple conversations at once within a given time period” (Turner & Tinsley, 2002). Multicommunicating is made possible by technologies which have features that allow interactions to be compartmentalised in a way that f2f or telephone cannot do and therefore allowing for flexibility in tempo. There are two features of multicommunicating are divided attention and delayed responses. (Turner &Tinsley 2008). However, other features are also present. Compartmentalisation means the text chat does not interrupt the oral conversation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nottingham, England, 2011.
Keyword [en]
Multicommunication, online learning, multimodal communication
National Category
Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-5873OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:5873DiVA: diva2:522385
Conference
Eurocall 2011 , Nottingham, England, 02-Sep, 2011
Available from: 2011-09-06 Created: 2011-09-06 Last updated: 2012-08-02Bibliographically approved

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