Pedagogical affordances of syndication, aggregation, and mash-up of content on the Web, by Barbara Dieu and Vance Stevens, TESL-EJ, Vol. 11.1 (2007). Excerpt: As the Internet and online learning become more and more incorporated into our courses, syllabi, and teaching materials, it becomes increasingly important that the impact the Web is having on changing perceptions of literacy carries over to the way we practice teaching and learning. Here we will focus on which collaborative online tools can most appropriately be applied in online and blended courses to foster reading and writing. Specifically, we will discuss some of the freely available social networking platforms and tools, their common features, and how these can help language learners find, aggregate and harvest learning objects while connecting to other people on the Web at large. We will also introduce two web publishing projects, Dekita.org and Writingmatrix, and explain how they function to facilitate this process and encourage connections.
TESL-EJ: Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language – Electronic Journal. ‘TESL-EJ began as the brainchild of a group of scholars who saw the need for a freely-distributed electronic academic journal. It has grown to become an internationally- recognized source of ESL and EFL information for people in scores of countries. TESL-EJ is fully refereed – each article undergoes a review by at least two knowledgeable scholars.