Third Space Lab Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk: Layla Shelmerdine on Analysis of Effective Interaction in the Virtual Classroom

You are cordially invited to attend the TSL Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk by Dr. Layla Shelmerdine on Analysis of Effective Interaction in the Virtual Classroom 

Date/Time: Fri, Oct 14, 4pm BJT

Please RSVP by Thursday, Oct 13


During the pandemic, classrooms and lectures moved online out of necessity. However, some have remained online permanently and universities have continued to expand their virtual curriculums. Therefore, it is important to advance and promote best practices in these virtual environments. In the language learning classroom, this means designing tasks that promote interaction in these virtual spaces. To research this issue, the proposed data collection tool will be interviews and classroom observation (i.e. observations of recorded virtual classes) at a US-Sino transnational university in China. The goal will be to identify when and how effective interaction was achieved in the virtual classroom. The data analysis would be a deductive and inductive content analysis, for a grounded theory approach.


  • Oct 28 Mapping the journey towards L2 student feedback literacy by Joseph Davies
  • Nov 18 Distinguishing oneself: First-year International Students’ Pre-College Motivations and Expectations in a Sino-Foreign Joint-Venture University in China by Zhang Xin & Emmanuelle Chiocca


The HRC Third Space Lab brown bag lunch research talk is open to all members of the DKU community and beyond who are interested in engaging in a conversation about research projects, either a published work or a work-in-progress, broadly related to languages, cultures and intercultural communication. If you are interested in participating either as a speaker or as audience, please fill out this survey: or contact Dr. Zhang Xin (