EUROCALL 2010, workshop "Dissemination and comparison of research findings: developing Contextualized Learning and Teaching Corpora (LETEC)"

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 of the workshop "Dissemination and comparison of research findings : developing Learning and Teaching Corpora (LETEC)" 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




Workshop proceedings

The workshop proceedings, coordinated by Marie-Laure Betbeder and Maud Ciekanski will bring together rights-free papers together with a synthesis of the workshop’s discussions. As well as the papers, a note on access and download procedures for the corpora and tools will be made available. The proceedings will be published in the Edutice online archive.


Our workshop is built on the colloquium "Corpus d’apprentissage en ligne : conception, réutilisation, échange" organised by the MULCE (MUltimodal contextualized Learner Corpus Exchange) project team at EPAL07 (France). It involves researchers from diverse backgrounds and invites them to examine data collected during online learning sessions, as well as the tools and research methods used, with a view to building shareable corpora to be made available to different groups of researchers.

The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who helped create the existing corpora, or who wish to participate in the creation of new corpora from online learning modules, using corpus research methodologies from EIAH (Environnements Informatiques pour l’Apprentissage Humain, Computer Environments for Human Learning) or those that have been or are being developed in CALL.

Whilst it is becoming increasingly easy to save traces of interaction in online educational exchanges, there is at the same time a growing interest in 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. When constructing a corpus, there is a need to systematically assemble the data around converging themes, aiming to cover the chosen themes exhaustively, then to organise and structure these data according to shared standards (XML, TEI, etc.). Finally, the data need to be accessible and downloadable online, via search or annotation tools. Because the data are complex and non-homogeneous, a system of synchronisation and internal linkages is required, including access traces, interaction traces, learner productions, tests, interviews etc. Making sense of the learner interactions after the event is a priority. We will dedicate the morning to reflection on how to research corpora, and how corpora are used within CSCL, highlighting questions of specification, instrumentation, implementation and interoperability, all of which being aspects which inform our understanding of the conditions for supporting multiple analyses and re-analyses. Participants will show examples of environments and tools for, among other things, helping researchers to manage, synchronize, visualize and analyze their data in order to create new representations that will make it easier to understand how computer-mediated collaboration works. In these examples, online collaboration, in a variety of domains, will be a main focus. In the afternoon, researchers working on corpus-building in linguistics and applied languages will come together. These disciplinary areas present many new challenges, not least because of the importance of synchronicity and multimodality. The activities will cover a range of domains of application within which the notion of corpora has become central to research, such as corpora of online learning of languages, learner corpora and corpora of spoken language.

Highlighting potential cross-fertilisation between the chosen methodologies, tools and methods of application (notably in the area of language learning), participants will support their point based on demonstrations of software using corpus extracts. Part of the discussion will focus on ethics and rights issues. The workshop will be conducted in English, with examples from different languages. Interfaces and tools will be in French and in English.

Contacts : Maud CIEKANSKI (maud.ciekanski at , Marie-Laure BETBEDER (Marie-Laure.Betbeder at

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