Publications

The UNICollaboration publications officers are:

  • Breffni O’Rourke, First publications officer, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Melinda Dooly, Second publications officer, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain

More info: publications@unicollaboration.org.

The publications team is in charge of publications by the UNICollaboration team, including setting up and running an online open-source journal, Practice and Theory in Telecollaboration and Virtual Exchange.

Please get in touch with us at the email address above if you are interested in being part of the publications team.

New journal: Practice and Theory in Telecollaboration and Virtual Exchange

Motivation

The field of technology and language learning is well served by existing research journals. However, telecollaboration and virtual exchange are driven in the first place by energetic and creative practitioners, whose work is often less well served by existing journals. This journal will provide a peer-reviewed outlet for systematic reports and careful reflection on innovative work in the field. Contributions are intended to function as inspiration for other practitioners, but also as a starting-point for further theoretical dialogue.

Aims

By focusing on practice reports, the editors aim

  1. to recognise practice as the core of the telecollaborative community of practice;
  2. to build up a corpus of reports on telecollaborative practice which may (i) inspire further work, and (ii) provide a resource for further research;
  3. to give recognition and publication opportunities to practitioners who may not be (primarily) researchers or who may be novice researchers
  4. through the expert responses, to encourage the practitioner-contributors to pursue research paths.

Format

Frequency: The journal will initially appear in two or three issues per year. The UniCollaboration first and second research officers will be the general editors, while each issue will be edited by at least two other members of the publications team.

Practice reports: Report contributions will be 2000-3000 words in length, and will normally report on a single telecollaborative project. Reports will adhere to a strict template prescribing the structure of the paper and the details to be included. Each contribution will also include three to five questions that encountered in the design and running of the project: these questions should cover practical, theoretical and research aspects. For each report, an expert colleague will be invited to respond, in text or other modes as appropriate, to the report and accompanying questions; readers may also comment online.

Guest article: Each article will also include a stand-alone contribution from an established research / practitioner, which may be a state-of-the-art review, a critique, a theoretical essay, etc.

 

Recent publications

Jager, Sake; Kurek, Malgorzata; O’Rourke, Breffni. (Eds). (2016). New directions in telecollaborative research and practice: selected papers from the second conference on telecollaboration in higher education. Dublin Ireland: Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2016.telecollab2016.9781908416414

O’Dowd, Robert, & Lewis, Tim  (Eds.). (2016). Online intercultural exchange: Policy, pedagogy, practice. London: Routledge. More info: Publisher’s site.