Dissemination and comparison of research findings: developing Contextualized Learning and Teaching Corpora (LETEC)

Eurocall 2010 Workshop,
mercredi 8 septembre 2010, Bordeaux

Organized by the Mulce team project. Workshop coordinators
Maud CIEKANSKI (University of Paris 8), Marie-Laure BETBEDER (University of Franche-Comté)

Presentation format

The workshop is mainly targeted at CALL community practitioners and researchers, but more widely at the CEHL (Computing Environment for Human Learning) community. Speakers will focus on operational aspects of their research. They will prepare an extract from their interaction corpus (language or other online learning situations), in the format of their own analysis tool. Speakers will enable the audience to test their tool with the given corpus extract after the workshop. Therefore, speakers will fill out a short form describing the corpus and the analysis tool  : the pedagogical context, a short description of the corpus extract, of the format used by the tool, a short description of the downloadable tool (together with a download link and access code), and a description of the research questions associated to the tool. The form data will then be published in the workshop proceedings.

Proposed agenda
  • 9h00-9h45 : Welcome to participants
  • 9h45- 10h00 : Workshop agenda presentation (two perspectives : CSCL and CALL)
  • 10h00-10h30: Structures for corpora in CSCL: new challenges?  (Alejandra Martines-Mones, University of Valladolid, Spain)
  • 10h30-11h00: Benefits of structuring learning and teaching corpora for the understanding of online learning and online interactions (C. Reffay, ENS Cachan)
  • Coffee Break
  • 11h15-11h45: Analysis Tool presentation I- Corpus exchange and interoperability : The Calico project (E. Bruillard, University of Caen and Alain Mille, University of Lyon1)
  • 11h45-12h15: Analysis Tool presentation II- the Tatiana project (K. Lund, University of Lyon2)
  • 12h15-12h30: Feedback, questions, discussion on structure, instrumentation, collaboration and sharing  in CSCL
  • 12h30: Lunch

  • 14h00-14h45: Corpus-based research in CALL: what are we looking for? (M.N Lamy, Open University)
  • 14h45-15h15 : (Kurt Kohn, Université de Tubiegen, Allemagne)
  • Coffee Break
  • 15h45-16h15 : Use of corpora  in research- Tools and questioning interface on heterogeneous data (Mulce project)
  • 16h15-16h45 : Use of corpora in teaching- Applications of research on Computer Learner Corpora in CALL (S. Granger, Catholic University of Leuven)
  • 16h45-17h45: Round-table conference and open discussion on the potentialities of Disseminating and comparing research findings: E. Bruillard (University of Caen), T. Chanier (University of Clermont-Ferrand), M-N. Lamy (Open University), R. O’Dowd (University of Leon), C. Tschichold (University of Wales Swansea), A. Boulton (University of Nancy2).
  • 17h45 : End of the workshop

Whilst it is becoming increasingly easy to save traces of interaction in online educational exchanges, there is at the same time a growing interest within the research community for the construction of data sets allowing for the study of the learning processes themselves. However, such data sets are rarely structured into corpora, and comparing or re-analysing them is difficult. The workshop is a concrete step towards plugging this gap. For closer collaboration within and between our communities, we propose to share structured data collections. The Mulce project aims at specifying a structure for Teaching and Learning Corpora (including pedagogical and research contexts), paying particular attention to the logging and analysis of ‘traces’ of interaction. Two main corpora (asynchronous data and synchronous data) have been built according to this structure.
The workshop proposes a dialogue in two phases (morning and afternoon) on sharing corpora and tools to improve interaction analysis from different fields (CSCL, CALL, and CEHL). The morning programme focuses on the CSCL and CEHL perspectives whereas the afternoon programme focuses on CALL perspectives and on spoken corpora researches.
Part of the workshop defines the notion of a ‘Teaching and Learning Corpus’, shows its main structure and browses some parts of the structured interaction data as developed as part of the Mulce project. Several of the activities will use analysis tools (Calico, Tatiana), standards (TEI, XML), data annotation (multimodal interaction, spoken interaction) and corpora (Mulce platform to browse and analyze a shared corpus; Computer Learner Corpora).

Registration and info

On Mulce-doc website http://mulce.org.