Project leader: Ola Knutsson, Ph D.
Other participants at DSV: Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, associate professor, Petter Karlström, Ph D.

External partners: Mona Blåsjö, associate professor, Stockholm University and Stina Hållsten, Ph D. Södertörn University College.

Project period : 2010-2013

Funding: The Swedish research council/educational science
Budget: 4 416 000sek
 

Writing and reading as a basis for learning has dramatically changed for students in the digital age. New publishing channels, collaborative tools for writing, social tools and several new text-based means of communication alters reality, especially for young people to quickly take up new technologies. The tools developed have had a major impact through its simplicity and accessibility through a standard Web browser, striking example are Facebook, blogs and Wikipedia. One issue in the project is to study how the digital tools mediate young adults' writing by studying how the practical tools are used, and which language is used when students write in these environments. Another key issue is to find out how students use digital tools to develop vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions and reasoning strategies.

Publications

Knutsson, O., Blåsjö, M., Hållsten, S. & Karlström, P. (2012). Identifying different registers of digital literacy in virtual learning environments. In the Internet and Higher Education, Volume 15, Issue 4, October 2012, Pages 237–246.

Petter Karlström & Eva Lundin (2012): CALL in the zone of proximal development: novelty effects and teacher guidance, Computer Assisted Language Learning, DOI:10.1080/09588221.2012.663760

Blåsjö, M., Knutsson, O. & Cerratto Pargman, T. (2012). Exploring the Design Space of Genre Pedagogy and Virtual Learning Environments. Extended abstract, In: the Proceedings of Designs for Learning 2012. Danmark, Köpenhamn.

For more information about the project: http://knutsson.blogs.dsv.su.se/