Author Professor Françoise Mougeon
Institution Collège universitaire Glendon, (Université York), Département d'Études françaises
Country Canada
Building the university of the future (U)
2. The new learning environments

a) The technology/pedagogy interface

The "Virtual Mediatheque" : A new interactive tool for connected learning communities
by Professor Dominique (G) Scheffel-Dunand and Professor Françoise Mougeon

In a constructivist framework, our research focuses on the use of the Internet in rethinking the way cognitive contents are transmitted via new communication networks.We have initiated a set of projects dedicated to the development of scenarios for pedagogical applications to analyze more specifically the impact of hypertext and multimedia writing in the field of teaching and learning. We have been able to confirm that the number of users attracted to the connective power of networking keeps increasing in the academic community.The "virtual mediatheque" project which focuses on the sharing of data and pedagogical scenarios among knowledge communities, via the use of networked interactive servers, will help us assess how the use of new technologies and multimedia are changing teaching and learning habits. As the project is a result of collaborative work between academic institutions, the research already showed that this new connectivity also encourages individuals and institutions to build their own identity as they share their multicultural and multilingual heritage. In our presentation, we will speak more particularly about - Paroles francophones, the Internet site and CD-ROM - a research and pedagogical scenario which illustrates the interaction learners (students as well as instructors) have with the "virtual mediatheque" to promote the accessibility and effective use of linguistic resources on spoken French. The Internet site allows users to access corpus data for research or teaching. For example, users can download tools, available to the connected partner universities involved in the mediatheque project, to conduct real-time analysis on selected linguistic resources. Searching through the networked interactive servers generates as well a listing of the actual location of the data so that users can easily integrate any resource selectively in a specific learning program. The "virtual mediatheque" provides information such as bibliographic information relative to corpus data and pedagogical scenarios that the mediatheque users can also download and circulate. The CD-ROM, "Paroles francophones" illustrates the use of selected resources, drawn from the mediatheque, and applied in a specific teaching/learning environment. Moreover, The CD-ROM archiving system was unanimously adopted by the mediatheque users for its greater portability and downloading time facility. The use of numeric technologies (with their actual technical limitations), leads us to rethink the choices learners and teachers have to make today and to really focus on the relevance of a resource for the new learning environments it is integrated in.