Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) SIG

Why have a SIG in Computer Mediated Communication?

The field of computer-mediated communication (CMC) has become a key area of research and development in CALL and it has established itself as one of the main themes of EUROCALL conferences over the past number of years. Colleagues working in CMC have focussed on a wide variety of themes which examine the application of online communication tools such as blogs, wikis, email, online forums, video- and audio- conferencing and virtual worlds to foreign language learning contexts. Important sub-themes include telecollaboration, the application of interactionist, constructivist and sociocultural interpretations of language acquisition in online environments, issues in task design for online interaction and the role of teachers in online learning.

What are the SIG’s activities?

This aim of the CMC SIG is to provide EUROCALL members working in this area with a specialised forum for networking and collaboration with other colleagues as well as for professional development. Some ways in which the SIG does this are by:

  • sharing information on recent developments in CMC related applications, research and pedagogy with other members through our listserv ( and other communication channels.
  • organising pre-conference workshops at EUROCALL conferences.
  • organising regional workshops in members’ home institutions, which will enable members to make others aware of EUROCALL’s work.
  • collaborating on the development of international project proposals.
  • establishing links with other organisations’ special interest groups working in related areas such as the CMC SIG of the American association Calico.

Since its founding at the EUROCALL 2007 conference in Coleraine, Ireland, the SIG has organised pre-conference workshops and/or CMC symposia at each annual EUROCALL conference in order to share ideas not only with one another but to publicise CMC research and practice to conference participants who may not yet be involved in CMC. In addition to this, the SIG has organised two successful workshops (Padova, Italy in 2008 and Leòn, Spain in 2009), which were characteristically small and allowed for intense learning and sharing of experience and knowledge. In 2011, the CMC SIG joined together with the Teacher Education SIG in order to exploit the overlap of topics in the two fields and share experiences across these two areas. The first joint SIG workshop was then held in Barcelona, Spain. This was believed to be particularly important given cuts in funding for professional development across Europe as a consequence of the financial crisis. Given the success of the 2011 conference, the two SIGs subsequently organised a workshop in 2012 in Bologna, Italy. Please see below for further activities that have taken place since.

Anyone interested in joining the SIG and taking an active part in its activities can subscribe to our listserv (

For your social media posts (Twitter, Instagram etc.), please use #cmcsig to get your post featured on our tagboard.

We have an open, public group on Google + called CMC SIG open space where you can see what we are currently doing and we always welcome interest in our activities.



Minutes of the meeting held at the annual 2016 EUROCALL conference in University of Southampton, UK are available here: CMC meeting 2017 minutes

Minutes of the meeting held at the annual 2016 EUROCALL conference in Limassol, Cyprus are available here: CMC meeting 2016 minutes

Minutes of the meeting held at the annual 2015 EUROCALL conference in Padova, Italy are available here: CMC meeting 2015 minutes

Minutes of the meeting held at the annual 2014 EUROCALL conference in Groningen, Netherlands are available here: CMC meeting 2014 minutes

Minutes of the meeting held at the annual 2011 EUROCALL conference in Nottingham, UK are available here: CMC meeting 2011 minutes



Teresa MacKinnon, University of Warwick, UK

H. Müge Satar, Newcastle University, UK


Forthcoming Events

15 June 2018, online

Multilingual Show & Tell

More to come......


Past Events

25-27 April, 2018, Krakow, Poland

Third conference of UNICollaboration: Telecollaboration and virtual exchange across disciplines: in service of social inclusion and global citizenship

12 April 2018, Online lecture

Online lecture on CMC and Telecollaboration at TED University, Turkey by Müge Satar


20 March, 2018, Webinar

Designing Open Educational Resources (OER) based materials by Teresa Mackinnon


23-25 August, 2017, Southampton, UK

CMC SIG Workshops:

  1. Research Methods in CMC: Social Network Analysis, Eye-tracking, Conversation Analysis (H. Müge Satar, Teresa MacKinnon, Breffni o'Rourke, Marije Michel, Ufuk Balaman)
  2. CMC in the Open - Connected and Open Practice (Teresa MacKinnon)
  3. End-of-conference reflections on Virtually Connecting (Teresa MacKinnon)


21-23 April 2016, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

The Second Conference on Telecollaboration in University Education:New Directions in Telecollaborative Research and Practice


26th August 2015, University of Padova, Italy

Symposium: Addressing social and political issues in virtual exchange


5th March 2015, webinar

Joint CMC and VW SIGs event:  Show and Tell


12-14 February 2014, University of Leon, Spain

Conference on Telecollaboration in University Foreign Language Education


29-30 March 2012, Università di Bologna, Italy

Joint CMC & Teacher Education SIGs workshop: Learning through Sharing: Open Resources, Open Practices, Open Communication


14-15 April 2011, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Joint CMC & Teacher Education SIGs workshop: Getting the bigger picture


23-25 April 2009, University of León, Spain

CMC SIG workshop: Researching Computer Mediated Communication in Foreign
 Language Education: Issues and Methods


17-19 April 2008, University of Padova, Italy

CMC SIG workshop: Computer Mediated Communication and Learning: 
Research and Practice