Networked world we live in affect our approach to the teaching of languages and communication
NETWORKED COMMUNITIES: How does the networked world we live in affect our approach to the teaching of languages and communication?
- Digitalization provides many opportunities for students to take charge of their own language learning and to continue to develop their skills even after graduation (life-long learning) , .
- The use of digital tools provides new forms of community, makes building global learning communities easier and brings the outside world into the learning situation , , .
- In digital learning environments, students learn by interacting in different forms , 
- Using digital tools can increase student motivation and lead to deeper learning by strengthening peer review, peer learning and peer feedback processes , , , 
- For many students, it may be great fun to use many digital technologies and communicate with people in far away places. For example, incorporating the use of social media in a course can foster a community of learning practice, provide more opportunities for communication and bring fun and enjoyment to learning , . Enjoyment is associated with deeper learning .
- Digitalization can provide more opportunities for collaborative learning, which may lead to production of new knowledge . Student involvement in collaborative learning is often more equally distributed in online environments .
- Networked communities provide opportunities to interact in real-world situations in different environments. Engaging learning environments boost student motivation , .
- Collaboration and communication through digital means corresponds to 21st century working life skills 
- Interacting in global networks fosters intercultural communication skills
- Assessment needs to focus on the quality of interaction, not simply on action (i.e. completing tasks)
- Digitalizing teaching requires investment in time and planning to be pedagogically relevant and functional
- Collaboration needs time and teamwork skills, as well as project management and conflict resolution skills.
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