Dr. Carolin FUCHS


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Carolin Fuchs’ primary research interests focus on telecollaborative and technology-mediated language learning and teacher education. She has conducted online projects since 1999, and her collaborations have included institutions in China, Cyprus, England, Germany, Japan, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, South Africa, and the United States. Her work focuses on computer-mediated communication and negotiation, multiliteracies, language play, intercultural learning, social media, networked technologies, and online teaching and instructional design. Currently, Carolin has explored massive open online courses (MOOCs), with a special focus on language MOOCs (LMOOCs). She was invited to join a team from the German Department at the University of Pennsylvania to collaborate on their LMOOC Auf Deutsch. Her most recent work analyzes how student language teachers perceive their progress in beginning LMOOCs against the backdrop of Pegrum’s (2009) multiliteracies and Egbert, Hanson-Smith and Chao’s (2007) optimal conditions for language learning. Prior to joining City U in fall 2015, Carolin was Lecturer in the TESOL/Applied Linguistics Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. She also worked at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the Pennsylvania State University, University of California at Berkeley, and at the Zentrum für Medien und Interaktivität (Center for Media and Interactivity) at the Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen/Germany.


  • 2012 “Recipient of the Award for Dedicated Services” Teachers College, Columbia University. .
  • 2004 “Conference Travel Award” National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) .
  • 2003 “Ph.D. Scholarship” Hans Böckler Foundation.

Services outside CityU

  • 2015 - Technology Strand Coordinator for AAAL 2016 Conference.
  • 2013 - 2015, Moodle Advisory Committee, Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • 2013 - Now, Program Committee (PC) Member of the International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE).
  • 2010 - 2012, Chair, AAAL Graduate Student Award (GSA).
  • 2010, Conference Organizer, XVIIth Annual Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning Research Working Group meeting, Columbia University.
  • 2009, Virtual Guest Speaker, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2008 - 2009, Reviewer Committee, Graduate Student Award for AAAL.
  • 2008 - 2009, Technology Strand Coordinator for AAAL 2009 Conference.
  • 2007 - 2008, AAAL Colloquium Organizer, Electronic Literacy and Educational Practices: A Global Perspective, Washington DC, March 29-April 1, 2008.

Editor or Editorial Membership

  • 2018 - now Board member, UNICollaboration.org.
  • 2018 - now Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Virtual Exchange.
  • 2016, Editor, NYS TESOL Journal.
  • 2013 - 2016, Editorial Board, New York State TESOL Journal.
  • 2010 - Now, External Editorial Board, Bellaterra Journal of Teaching and Learning Language and Literature, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • 2006 - Now, Editorial Board, The Linguistics Journal.


Recent Journal Publications

  • Fuchs, C. Snyder, B., Tung, B., & Han, Y. (2017). The multiple roles of the task design mediator in telecollaboration. ReCALL, 29(3), 239-256. doi:10.1017/S0958344017000088

  • Fuchs, C. (2016). “Are you able to access this website at all?” – Team negotiations and macro-level challenges in telecollaboration. CALL Journal 29(4), 1-17.

  • Fuchs, C. (2015). Use of the wiki for cross-institutional collaborations. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design 5(1), 1-19.

  • Fuchs, C. & Akbar, F. (2013). Use of Technology in an Adult Intensive English Program - Benefits and Challenges. TESOL Quarterly 47(1), 156-167.

  • Fuchs, C., Hauck, M. & Müller-Hartmann, A. (2012a). Promoting learner autonomy through multiliteracy skills development in cross-institutional exchanges. Language Learning & Technology, 16(3), 82–102. http://www.lltjournal.org/item/2787

  • Vandergriff, I. & Fuchs, C. (2012b). Humor Support in Synchronous Computer-Mediated Classroom Discussions. International Journal of Humor Research, 25(4), 437–458.

Recent Book Chapter Publications

  • Fuchs, C. (2017 - peer reviewed). Learner Autonomy in Beginning Language MOOCs (LMOOCs): The Student Teachers' Perspective. In: M. Cappellini, T. Lewis, & A. Rivens Mompean. Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom (pp. 168-197). San Marcos, TX: CALICO Monograph Series. ISBN 9781781795972. doi: 10.1558/equinox.32711

  • Fuchs, C. (invited – 2016a). The Structural and Dialogic Aspects of LMOOCs – A Case Study. In: P. Wang & L. Winstead (Eds.), Handbook of Research of Foreign Language Education in the Digital Age. IGI Global. (pp. 10-32).

  • Rubio, F., Fuchs, C. & Dixon, E. (invited – 2016b). Language MOOCs: Better by design. In E. Martín-Monje, I. Elorza, & B. Garcia Riaza (Eds.), Technological Advances in Specialized Linguistic Domains. London, UK: Routledge. (pp. 177-188).

  • Dixon, E. & Fuchs, C. (invited - 2015). Face to Face, online, or MOOC--How the Format Impacts Content, Objectives, Assignments, and Assessments. In: E. Dixon & M. Thomas (Eds.), Researching language learner interactions online: From social media to MOOCs (pp. 89-105).San Marcos, TX: CALICO Monograph Series.

  • Fuchs, C. & Snyder, B. (invited - 2013). It's not just the tool: Instructional design for exploiting the potential of social networking. In: M.-N. Lamy & K. Zourou. Social networking for language education. Palgrave MacMillan, London, UK. (pp. 117-134).

Invited Conference Presentations

  • Multiliteracy skills and multimodal competence through task sequencing in language education - Two case studies. Distance Learning Symposium, Yale University, Center for Language Study, May 12, 2014.
  • Exploring the role of cross-cultural mediators in supporting collegial development and professional capital in telecollaboration. Universidad de León, Spain, February 12-14, 2014.
  • Keynote, EFL Teaching Webinar. YES iEARN USA, http://www.us.iearn.org, November 21, 2013 (with Hallie Bodie and Amanda Loy; I was unable to attend in person due to a family emergency).
  • Cross-Cultural Mediation in Language Teacher Telecollaboration. “Use of Technology to Mediate Teaching and Learning of Languages” Panel, Language PACT Conference, SUNY, New York, April 5, 2013. SUNY Language PACT (Pipeline-Access-Culture-Technology) in conjunction with SUNY’s COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Center. SUNY Global Center, April 5, 2013.
  • Flipping the Classroom in Language Teaching: A MOOC point? TESOL/AL Research Forum, March 8, 2013 (with Yu Jung Han and Bruce Tung). Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Millenium generation and multi-media literacies. Invited discussion at the Second Hostos English Language Learning Forum (Ways of knowing: Balancing language and identities), Hostos Community College, New York, April 20, 2012.
  • Using Technology to Connect Students, Teachers, and Researchers. TESOL/AL Research Forum, October 9, 2008. Teachers College, Columbia University.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Learner autonomy through social media and experiential learning in a Hong Kong-U.S. cross-institutional exchange. Paper presented at the Learner Autonomy in Digital L2 Practice Colloquium, American Association for Applied Linguistics, Chicago, IL, March 25, 2018 (with Ilona Vandergriff, Mirjam Hauck, Melinda Dooly, Randall Sadler).

  • “She is unwilling to download WeChat” – Critical incidents in Telecollaboration. Livestream paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), University of Arizona, January 25-28, 2018.

  • “I somewhat wasted the chance to communicate” - Socio-Institutional Factors in a Hong Kong-U.S. Telecollaboration. Plenary presented at CALL in Context, XVIIIth International CALL Research Conference at UC Berkeley, 7-9 July 2017.

  • A MOOC: Auf Deutsch: Communicating across Cultures. Paper to be presented at the Foreign Language Education and Technology Conference (FLEAT VI) organized by the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) and the Japan Association for Language Education & Technology (J-LET), Harvard University, August 11-15, 2015 (with Ed Dixon, Susanne Shields, David James).
  • “Can you access your Gmail account and our Weebly site?” Telecollaboration during Times of Political Disruption. Paper presented at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), Boulder, CO, May 28, 2015.
  • Teaching Moments in Telecollaboration 2.0 - More Questions than Answers. Paper presented at the Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education organized by CARLA, May 15, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Preparing for the unexpected: Exploiting teaching moments in telecollaboration. Paper presented at the 7th Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Conference (the Expanding Landscape of COIL Practitioners, Networks, and Hubs: What’s Next?) organized by the SUNY Global Center, March 19-20, New York, NY.
  • Communicating and Learning Language Across Cultures on Coursera (a MOOC) (with Ed Dixon, Susanne Shields). Paper presented at ACTFL, San Antonio, TX, November 21, 2014.
  • Mediated task design to support collegial development and professional capital in language teacher telecollaboration 2.0. Individual Roundtable Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics 2014 Conference, Portland, OR, March 22-25, 2014 (with Bill Snyder, Bruce Tung, Yu Jung Han).

Research Interests/Areas

Language Education, Digital Media, Telecollaboration, MOOCs, Multiliteracies, Autonomy, Language Play, Task Design