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As new technology-mediated forms of interaction, learning, and meaning making have increasingly become integrated into all domains of life, from everyday to academic, foreign language educators and researchers have embraced the concept of Digital Literacies to frame new understandings and pedagogies. At the same time, the field of CALL (Computer-assisted Language Learning) has also evolved to consider new technologies as tutors, tools, environments, and ecologies for language learning. Theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical practices have differed, even as goals align.
Building on the successes of the 2014 symposium, this year’s L2DL symposium, Digital Literacies and Technology-Enhanced Language Learning: Interdisciplinary Intersections and Interactions, is co-convened with AZ-CALL, a conference that brings together CALL researchers and practitioners from across the region. The joint symposium will be sponsored by CERCLL (the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy) and a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and with support from various units at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.
Format and Schedule
The symposium begins on September 30 at 5 pm (MST) with a plenary presentation by Shelley Staples (University of Arizona). Digital presentations will be hosted online during the week of October 3 – October 8 (titles listed at the link; abstracts forthcoming). Asynchronous fora (discussion threads) will allow for question-and-answer for the entire week, and some of the presenters will conduct synchronous chat at designated times (to be announced) as well. On October 8 there will be live webcast and in-person events from 9 am to 5 pm (MST), including keynotes by Heather Lotherington of York University and Steve Thorne of Portland State University/University of Groningen, and a panel presented by Joshua Thoms (Utah State University), Jill Castek (University of Arizona), and William Crawford (Northern Arizona University). See the invited speakers page for more details about these presentations.
See the schedule here. The invited presentations on will take place at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, but they will also be recorded (on the 30th) or livestreamed (on the 8th) so that they can be viewed online, anywhere that there is internet access.
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The submissions period is now closed, but for reference purposes view the CFP.