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Digital dialogue games for learning
Development of a ‘state-of-the-art’ socio-cognitive tool to support and scaffold digital dialogue games in education. Funded by round 2 of the JISC e-learning tools programme (£63,500). Project partners: London Metropolitan University (lead site), UK Open University, University of Southampton, Oxford University and University of Bolton. This project is a development and continuation of AcademicTalk.
The tool incorporates an environment which supports a multi-phased activity and structures the dialogue interaction in ways that lead to more ‘reasoned’ discussion and debate. Discussions are structured according to particular pedagogical styles through choosing a suitable dialogue game. The dialogue games (for critical discussion and reasoning, exploratory dialogue and creative thinking) promote and support deeper engagement between participants and help induct them into a style of ‘academic’ discourse.
The structured discussion environment is particularly suited to groups of 4-8 students, learning through peer discussion. Each phase of an activity can be tailored to the requirements of the individual group and the teaching-learning context.
Key features of the tool:
See the InterLoc website: http://www.interloc.org.uk
Last updated 21 December, 2010