Implementing Online Collaborative Learning in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. A Pre-Service Teacher Training Perspective.
Abstract: This paper intended to point out the salience of digital technology in supporting collaborative learning. It has also emphasized the need to enhance one’s digital competence in the context of pre-service teacher training. Technological advancements have changed to a great extent the way in which instruction is provided and the manner in which students can collaborate in the formal educational classroom or in online learning contexts. The use of various online collaboration tools is beneficial for developing problem-solving skills, critical thinking or social skills. Examples of various collaboration tools were provided. The paper also focused on the development of digital competence as a key competence when engaging in online collaborative learning.
Keywords: collaborative learning, collaborative tools, social skills, digital skills, pre-service teacher education, foreign language teaching.