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Abdulmalik Ofemile

Research Student, Faculty of Arts

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Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (Full Time) Currently Registered

Research Topic

Communication Issues In Human Agent Collectives

Research Summary

As people increasingly interact and share spaces with intelligent software agents, unmanned vehicles, autonomous and semi-autonomous drones, humanoid robots or even take instructions from Satnav systems and automated telephones, the boundaries of discourse are extended beyond human to human discourse. Human Agent Collectives (HACs) affords a two-way interactive communication capacity for humans and agents. My research seeks to develop a better understanding of the nature of communication between humans and intelligent agents. It uses the listener as a representative actor in the multimodal discourse taking place within the hybrid space of interaction in HACs. It also hopes to develop a viable multimodal framework for analyzing discourse in hybrid contexts like emergencies, disaster zones, classrooms, factory worklines or leisure parks. Finally, it will look at the implications for these contexts while igniting discussions in other areas.

Future Research

Inter-disciplinary approach to Multimodal discourse within hybrid spaces like the Internet Of Things (IOT). This will focus on interlocutor facial actions and gestures during interaction. It is hoped that insights gained will aid the design, assessment, and implementation of hybrid learning environments, promote a good understanding of a range of approaches to e-learning, and an ability to relate these to the broader issues of research, pedagogy, formal and informal education.

Past Research

My most recent research assessed the affordances of cloud computing for training language teachers in Colleges of Education in Nigeria. The study recommended that, colleges should collaborate the more with interested third parties instead of waiting for the government alone. Secondly, integrated training and awareness programmes should intensified to continuously build and increase capacity within the colleges.

In 2008/2009, I participated in an ethnographic research led by Professor Gaurdio (Purchase College, New York) investigating the use of pidgin among city dwellers in Abuja the capital city of Nigeria.

Before this, I had carried out a research assessing the extent of implementation of the Nigerian National Language Policy in secondary schools in Kaduna State Nigeria.

Research Supervisors

Academic History

  • MA TESOL & ICT (Leeds, UK)
  • B. Ed Language Arts (English) ABU
  • NCE (English/ Geography) (IOE/ABU)

Research Group

The University of Nottingham Orchid Research Group

Conferences

  • Ofemile, A Y (2014) Digital Communication: Towards A framework for Analysing Discourse Between Humans and Software Agents In Human Agent Collectives (HACs) Being a paper presented at the Presented at the Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS), 2014. Newcastle University, UK.
  • Ofemile, A Y (2010), Training English Language Teachers in Nigerian Colleges of Education to Effectively Teach Listening Comprehension. Being a paper presented at the FCT/ COE Abuja School of Languages 2nd Annual National Conference. 8th-11th, November, 2010. Already accepted for publication in the Zuba Journal of Languages (ZUJOL).
  • Ofemile, A Y & Choonmi Kim (2010) The Implications of Inter-language Analysis in the Development of Materials for Teaching Speaking. Being a paper presented at the 8th Materials Development/MATSDA Postgraduate Research Conference 2010 Building Bridges: Research, Materials, Classroom Practice and Beyond Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.
  • Ofemile, A Y (2002) Organization &Proper Provision of Learning Support Services for Open & Distance Learning: A case for organized private Tuition & Tutorial House. Being a Paper presented at the National Association of Educational planners and Managers (NAEPM) Conference on "Issues in the Management of Education in Nigeria" Held at A.B.U. Zaria 10th - 13th December, 2002.
  • Ofemile, A Y; O. Onu & T. Turai (2002) Leadership, Pressure Groups and Quality Education. Being a Paper Presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Association for Promoting Quality Education in Nigeria (APQEN) Held at FCT College of Education Zuba. Between 14th - 18th October, 2002.

Publications

  • Ofemile, A. Y (2013). A Review of Maria Grazia Sindori's Spoken Discourse in Online Interaction: A Multimodal Approach. Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language, V, 51-53. Retrievable from http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/bjll
  • Ofemile, A Y (2011), Designing Web-Based Learning Environments (Web-LEs): A Model for Language teachers in Nigeria. Capital Journal of Educational Studies (CAJES). Vol. 2, No, 2. ISSN: 2996-103X; Abuja; FCT College of Education, Zuba. (pp1-19)
  • Ofemile, A Y (2010) Assessing affordances of cloud computing tools for language education in Nigerian Colleges of Education. Being a dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MA in TESOL &ICT at the University of Leeds, September, 2010.
  • Ofemile, A Y (2005) Multi- Media Language Laboratory and Language Teaching and Learning in Open and Distance Education. Being a paper presented at the second National Conference of Open and Distance Education Associates of Nigeria (ODEAN), 6th-9th September, 2005. Accepted for publication in NJODE, 2008.
  • Ofemile, A Y & S. L Sanusi (2004) The Virtual Library: A necessary service for Language Education in Colleges of Education' Teacher Education and National Development In The New Millennium. A Book of Readings. Abuja. Mat Sunshine Prints. (pp. 225-265).
  • Ofemile, A Y & E, Englama (2003) Private Participation in the Provision of Learner support services in open and distance learning. Being a joint paper presented at the Open and Distance Education Associates of Nigeria (ODEAN) 2003 Conference. Accepted for publication in the Nigerian Journal of Open and Distance Education (NJODE).

Recent Publications

  • 2015. Perceiving Affordances a Basis for Determining Cloud Computing Needs in Language Teacher Education Zuba Journal of Languages (zujol). (In Press.)
  • 2014. Digital Communication: Towards A framework for Analysing Discourse Between Humans and Software Agents In Human Agent Collectives (HACs) In: Corpus Linguistics: The Future…….
  • LEIGH MICHAEL HARRY CLARK, KHALED BACHOUR, ABDULMALIK OFEMILE, SVENJA ADOLPHS, TOM RODDEN, 2014. Potential of imprecision: exploring vague language in agent instructors In: Proceedings of the second international conference on Human-agent interaction. 339-344
  • 2011. Designing Web-Based Learning Environments (Web-Les): A Model For Language Teachers In Nigeria. Capital Journal of Educational Studies (CAJES). Vol. 2(No, 2.), 1
  • ABDULMALIK YUSUF OFEMILE, 2010. The Implications of Inter-language Analysis in the Development of Materials for Teaching Speaking In: Building Bridges: Research, Materials, Classroom Practice and Beyond.
  • Training English language teachers in Nigerian Colleges of Education to effectively teach Listening Comprehension Zuba Journal Of languages (ZUJOL).

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