June 2018, Conference Future of Education, Florence, Italy

The paper presented by Madalina Chitez at the conference The Future of Education (Edition 8), Pixel International Conferences, held in Florence, Italy, between 28 and 29 June 2018, aimed at disseminating results from a teaching-inspired case-study: Using digital content to enhance education: vlogs as a resource for MA theses in linguistics.

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Much of the research dealing with digital technology in university education has emphasized its impact on students’ engagement with academic studies. The use of digital content in applied linguistics also has a high didactic potential, considering that one of the defining features of this field is the connection it creates between linguistic observations, the resulting analysis and the real world. In the case of corpus linguistic approaches, applications are self-directing due to the data-oriented character of the discipline. However, teaching applied corpus linguistics can be a challenge to university teachers, who have to tackle issues of motivation, methodology and data interpretation.

Drawing on technology-supported education, the paper argues that students can be successfully motivated to write academic papers in linguistics if they elaborate on topics related to real-life interests specific to their peer group. These topics imply the use of data resources such as vlogs, blogs, forums or video platforms. I will discuss several digital content solutions that a MA thesis can adopt so that students can resonate with their learning and academic tasks. In addition, I will present and debate on the development of the topic for a master’s thesis in the area of applied corpus linguistics. Thesis supervision challenges and recommendations will also be integrated into the discussion.

Keywords: applied linguistics, corpus linguistics, new technologies, digital content, MA thesis, thesis supervision, academic writing, innovative teaching, teaching linguistics, vlogging


  • Interesting talks from a multitude of disciplines, organized in parallel sessions. I particularly liked the sessions on Innovative Teaching and Learning Methodologies, Strategies on Effective Teaching, Studies on Second Language Acquisition and Education and New Technology.
  • The moderation of a session on Strategies on Effective Teaching, where Madalina Chitez moderated four research papers in the area of school teaching, was a good opportunity to meet colleagues from other countries.
Title of the Paper
Bottom-up Quality Practices in ECEC Services – The SEQUENCES Project PDF Sylvia LiutiFORMA.Azione (Italy)
Adina CurtaFORMA.Azione (Italy)
Defining Italian Grammar Laboratory Model: First Results from a Participatory Research PDF Loredana CamizziItalian National Agency Erasmus+ INDIRE (Italy)
Engaging All Actors in the Educational Process: Outcomes of a Collaborative Project of Entrepreneurship Education Developed at Schools of Baixo Alentejo (Portugal) PDF Sandra Santana LopesPolytechnic Institute of Beja (IPBeja) – CICS.Nova (Portugal)
HLW Rankweil Lives Europe with Erasmus+ PDF
Paolo NotarantonioHLW Rankweil (Austria)

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