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Virtual exchanges as complex research environments: facing the data management challenge. A case study of Teletandem Brasil




corpora, teletandem, telecollaboration, data management, data collection, LEarning and TEaching Corpora (LETEC)


Although there is a move toward open data, with research funding bodies more frequently requiring data management plans and dissemination strategies, the data management challenges inherently linked to virtual exchange research are understudied. Data collection is often reported upon in papers addressing interaction analysis or language development, but little attention has been paid to offering critical discussion of data collection and structuration methods or practical advice to encourage data/corpora dissemination. This paper reports on two phases of the Multimodal Teletandem Corpus project (Aranha & Lopes, 2019) that structured 581 hours of video data from Portuguese-English teletandem sessions, 351 chat logs, 956 written productions exchanged between the partners (original, revised, and corrected versions), 91 initial and 41 final questionnaires, and 666 learning diaries. We describe the data management problems faced that included the organization of data collected, ethical consent, management of a large quantity of data, inclusion of sociolinguistic information, expansion of learning theories, and the solutions found. We then outline data management planning steps that, consequently, are being introduced for future telecollaboration instantiations.

Author Biographies

Solange Aranha, UNESP (São Paulo State University), FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation)

Solange Aranha is Full Professor at the Modern Languages Department at Sao Paulo State University at São José do Rio Preto (UNESP/ IBILCE). She teaches English and Academic writing for undergraduate students and methodology, genres, EAP and telecollaboration on graduate level. She advises graduate students on telecollaboration studies, genre analysis and teaching and learning technologies. As a researcher, she investigates data on teletandem and is responsible for developing two multimodal corpora: DOTI (Data of Oral Teletandem Interactions) and MulTeC (Multimodal Teletandem Corpus). Her research is sponsored by FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa de São Paulo)

Ciara R. Wigham, Université Clermont Auvergne: Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne

Ciara R. Wigham is a Senior Lecturer in English and Applied Linguistics at Université Clermont Auvergne and a member of the Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Langage research unit. Her research explores multimodal pedagogical communication within online learning environments and methodologies to structure multimodal CMC corpora.





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