Peer-feedback and online interaction: a case study


  • Martha Isabel Espitia Universidad de La Sabana
  • Carolina Cruz Corzo Universidad de La Sabana



online collaboration, online interaction, peer- feedback


 The implementation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom has led to different practices and types of interaction. Online interaction allows teachers and students to use the target language beyond the classroom and provides students with more time to be exposed to and use the language. This case study aimed at understanding how a group of twelve students at Universidad de la Sabana, who participated in online forums as part of the requirements of a blended EFL course, interacted online to provide peer-feedback on written compositions. It also analyzed how online interaction was undertaken when using online forums. Findings suggest that participants raised awareness about the relevance of editing to avoid possible language problems by reviewing their peers' products and that the implementation of online peer feedback as an assessment strategy reveals students' beliefs towards language assessment.

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Author Biographies

Martha Isabel Espitia, Universidad de La Sabana

Martha Isabel Espitia holds an M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from Universidad Distrital and an undergraduate degree from Pedagógica Nacional. She has previously worked at Universidad de La Salle and Universidad Sergio Arboleda and is currently working at Universidad de La Sabana. Her research interests include second language acquisition and literacy development, use of ICTs in EFL learning and teaching and the professional development of of language teachers. 

Carolina Cruz Corzo, Universidad de La Sabana

Carolina Cruz Corzo holds a BA in Modern Languages from Universidad Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia, a Specialist Degree in Applied Linguistics from Universidad la Gran Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, and a M.A. in TESOL from Greensboro College, North Carolina, U.S.A. She currently works as a full time teacher at Universidad de la Sabana. 


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How to Cite

Espitia, M. I., & Cruz Corzo, C. (2013). Peer-feedback and online interaction: a case study. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 18(2), 131–151.



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