Virginia Westwood

A model for situated design of computer assisted language learning 


The aim is to create a design model for computer assisted language learning (CALL) programs for the Nyikina language by working with Nyikina participants in all stages of the design and evaluation process. The research will combine critical participatory research and Indigenous methods using a design-based research approach over a period of 18 months. The researcher will spend the time living and working alongside the Nyikina Community.  The study will be conducted following the research protocols of the Nyikina Community.

The researcher and Nyikina stakeholders together (as Designers) identify the problem as being that there is a need for CALL resources for Nyikina language. The Designers will propose a solution based on existing design principles for CALL and Indigenous Research, and technological innovations in CALL and the Community.   The solution will be developed using current learning theories, technology access in the Nyikina Community, my background experience in instructional design and programming and linguistic information provided by the community and the Community Linguist.

A solution is implemented, evaluated and redesigned.  Once a CALL resource is completed and agreed upon by the designers and other stakeholders, it could be made available to other communities to create their own language learning programs.


Westwood, V.W. (2011). A template to use existing digitised data for a CALL program shell for Indigenous languages: A community centred approach. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2011.(pp. 5029-5034). Lisbon, Portugal: Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Westwood, V.W., & Hattersley, C. (2011). Community training for a computer assisted language learning program. Paper presented at the RNLD symposium strengthening language maintenance through cooperative training strategies, Melbourne.