Ashland University Professors Publish Article

11/15/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Two  Ashland University education professors have co-authored an article with two Ashland University students and three Brazilian students who attended AU for a semester as part of  education exchange programs.

Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis and Dr. Jason Ellis, both associate professors of education, published an article titled “The merge of teletandem and web 2.0 tools” in the Journal of Interactive Learning Research. The acceptance rate of this journal is 10 to 19 percent.

The article, which can be seen at, describes an overview of student’s perceptions of the incorporation of Web 2.0 technologies into in-tandem language learning activities.

“American and Brazilian college students were partnered in order to work in-tandem through pre-determined language activities using Web 2.0 technologies to learn a second language, prior to studying abroad,” Dr. Abreu-Ellis said. “The findings indicated both advantages and pitfalls of incorporating Web 2.0 technologies from a learner centered perspective. Implications for program change included clear directives and protocols for text-based communications between peers and providing back-up options for students when technologies fail to work or are unavailable.”

The Ellis’s were assisted by Abbie Carle, an intervention specialist (mild/moderate) major from Willoughby, Ohio, who will graduate in December 2013; and Jared Blevens, an integrated social studies major from Fresno, Ohio, who graduated in the fall of 2013. Also assisting were Aline Decker, an education major from the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina; and Leticia Carvalho and Patricia Macedo, both education majors from the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio da Janeiro.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###