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Patrick Devitt

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Voki for Collaborative Learning in Blackboard Vista

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The advent of Web 2.0 brings in endless possibilities to enhance collaborative learning in the classroom. In this paper a website that holds much promise for classroom application, voki.com, was analyzed and is recommended for teachers to use in a Learning Management System (LMS). In our opinion, adopting Voki in an LMS will enhance students’ learning experiences, as the teacher becomes an enabler and learning facilitator, thus enriching the learning experience for the student. A few examples are presented to show how we used Voki in our LMS, Blackboard Vista, at Dubai Women’s College, to enhance student learning of targeted content vocabulary.

Virtual International Experiences

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In an attempt to increase our students’ global awareness, Dubai Women’s College has implemented a program of Virtual International Experiences in a variety of forms. Since our first year students are not eligible for participation in real travel to another country, four models of Virtual International Experiences were developed, implemented and evaluated using: Second Life; Elluminate; e-classroom; and JAM’s and video conferences. These offered opportunities for the Arab women students to converse with, share ideas and critical reflections with students from other countries. Students discussed a range of global issues, in particular the Global Financial Crisis and its impact on Dubai. This study gives an overview, rationale for the models, and a review of evaluations from a student and teacher perspective.