The working group on "Innovation and Effective Learning" has produced a paper in which they analyze the interplay between the following areas, including a lot of practical examples, "Interaction, Reflection and IT".
guidelines2 761.22 Kb
From the international conference in Alicante 2008:
Alicante Guidelines for Interactivity, Reflection and ICT 371.00 Kb 371.00 Kb
Innovation in learning and teaching 2 1021.50 Kb 1021.50 Kb
Interaction Reflection ICT 425.00 Kb
Presentation from the international conference in Brussels 2007:
innovativelte_brussels 217.00 Kb
types_of_interaction 273.00 Kb
From the meeting in Rhodes 2007:
RHODES~1 978.50 Kb
From the meeting in Porto 2007:
Porto - Interactivity and ICT 188.00 Kb
Porto - Reflectivity 354.50 Kb
ForeignLanguageLearners 224.50 Kb
From the meeting in Reims 2006:
Reims - Innovative Learning 144.50 Kb
Nowadays the most pressing issue in education is how to engage students actively with their learning and to help them become more motivated, autonomous and strategic.
In order to be successful we can not rely on "dusty" tools and strategies of the past. We have to use tried and effective methods and apply new ways of achieving our purpose.
Within LTE, we consider that the first step is to work on creating a class environment that promotes Interactivity, Reflection and the use of ICT tools.
Interactivity has been examined and analysed from various perspective and has repeatedly shown its impact on student performance. The prevailing view is that high-quality student interactions are essential for positive achievements and outcomes. The underlying assumption is that the higher the interactivity the better the learning.
The capacity to reflect about and making sense of experience and processes has also become an important part of learning. Structured occasions for reflection allow students to build and develop new understandings and foster a positive set of skills: self-assessment, goal-setting and planning... Facing the constant changes of the today's society, and with a view on "Life long learning", reflection is something which needs to be cultivated over time and throughout one's life.
Technological innovations have added another dimension to the challenges with which we are confronted. Technology has deeply changed the ways we access, process and use information. In many cases ICT has changed the delivery of instruction itself by offering both instructors and students a world of opportunity.
That's why it seems necessary to integrate these tools in the teaching/learning process to their full potential.
The Interactive Teaching Strategies Sub-group has developed a set of teacher guidelines which aim to share some of the approaches that could make our practise more effective.
It suggests a range of strategies, procedures and inspirations that may help teachers in planning a variety of activities and experiences which will maintain the interest of students and meet their different needs.
These techniques can be used at different school and university levels and especially for any content regarding foreign language learning.
We invite teachers to try those that seem to fit their needs and teaching style, adapt or disregard those that don't.