Pedagogical Insights into Emergency Remote Teaching: A Case Study of a Virtual Collaboration Project in the Turkish and Hungarian Pre-service Teacher Education Context


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Kaçar I. G. , Fekete I.

in: Emergency Remote Teaching and Beyond: Voices from World Language Teachers and Researchers, Julian Chen, Editor, Springer Nature, Bern, pp.435-458, 2021

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
  • City: Bern
  • Page Numbers: pp.435-458
  • Editors: Julian Chen, Editor
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Virtual Exchange projects in which learners of different institutions work together online have

been recognised to develop learners’ techno-pedagogical knowledge and intercultural

competences in a student-centred environment. In the VE project reported on in this case

study, 28 Turkish and 18 Hungarian pre-service EFL teachers worked together in a joint

technology-inclusive teaching methodology course. The project had three main stages: 1)

learning and establishing partnerships; 2) socialization and microteaching activity planning;

3) portfolio submission and project evaluation. After thematic content analysis of the student

portfolios and the instructor-researchers’ communications log, this study concluded that most

learners perceived they benefited from this project as it enhanced their techno-pedagogical

skills and their intercultural awareness, despite reporting on some disruptions due to the

COVID-19 pandemic that concerned sudden changes of the project flow. Most participants

reported on the positive aspects of working together using English for the sole medium of

communication. Reaching further than emergency teaching contexts, implications of this

project regard the importance of project planning, overseeing the pairing processes, the need

for the instructors to be able to make quick changes flexibly based on informed decision, and

the need for reflecting on the techno-pedagogical project gains of learners.