- Laila Aghai's E-Portfolio
- Song Choe's E-Portfolio
- Jose A. Estevez Jr.'s E-Portfolio
- Esther Harris' E-Portfolio
- Petra Knape-Yount's E-Portfolio
- Alina Lac's E-Portfolio
- Carmen Lezcano's E-Portfolio
- Lorenzo Manuel Manzano's E-Portfolio
- Maria Reyna's E-Portfolio
- Jennifer Robison's E-Portfolio
- Abby Sanchez's E-Portfolio
- Elisa Trujillo's E-Portfolio
- Sal Valdez's E-Portfolio
- Hsiaoping Wu's E-Portfolio
- Karen Zaldivar-Vasquez's E-Portfolio
I have forwarded our professor a list of useful landmarks that may help you find your footing around SL (these she can forward to you inworld). While most involve education in one way or another, I also took the liberty of including some freebie places that I have used in the past (you know, we all want our good virtual hair days).
Since we had very little time to spare in class given the high learning curve required for merely learning to sit and walk in this virtual program, we were forced to delve directly into SL without much of an introduction. However, I believe that the goal of introducing SL is not so much to hear about what can be done, but rather to have students do something while in SL. I think you did accomplish that while getting a taste of the very surreal 'life' of avatars in SL. Should you be so inclined, I would like to get feedback on your thoughts about this virtual program, and the potential applications it could have in a language classroom. Of course, I would like to hear how to better improve a presentation which is so exhaustive in itself that leaves not just our avatars gasping for air, but ourselves wondering if this type of virtual environment is a good fit for us and our learners. Would you use this technology? How would you incorporate it into a classroom setting? What would you like to see done to improve it to meet your needs as educators? And how would you improve it given the opportunity?
And please let me know if I can be of assistance to you inworld or out. :)
Chapelle-Douglas (2006) talks about the importance of technology in language assessment and its future. It is explained that developing assessment is important because this will help students develop strategies for self-assessment. However, teachers need to be aware on how to evaluate an assessment to ensure proper validity and reliability. Teachers can develop their own assessments to reflect the materials that were taught in class. In my opinion, schools need to invest not only in technology, but also in training so that teachers can receive proper training to take advantage of the available technology. There are many factors to consider not only about the development of assessments but of the use of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in general. In this context, how do you think the cost of technology affects computer-assessment development? How do you think the cost of technology affects CALL in general? Do the school systems offer adequate training to teachers to fully take advantage of available technology for teaching and assessment? Finally, can you give your insight about CALL and its importance?
- Current Mood: pensive
- One of the criticisms levied against distance ed courses is the difficulty teachers face in establishing a sense of community among remotely located participants. What strategies might an instructor employ to foster a sense of community?
- “Think of a class you have taught or are currently teaching. If you were to move 50% to 100% of the class time to an online format, what would the change require or involved? How would it require you, as a teacher, to change or adapt?” (Sánchez-Serrano’s, 2008, p. 173)
- According to Nancy, one of the Spanish language distance education teachers surveyed by Sánchez-Serrano’s (2008), “the online curriculum should be designed to match, as closely as possible, the needs of the environment and of the students, while not attempting to imitate its face-to-face counterparts as the perfect model” (p. 157).How should a curriculum for online language instruction differ from a curriculum for face-to-face language instruction?
- Reflecting on the group project you just completed, what are some of the greatest challenges instructors would face in attempting to set up an international telecollaboration in a face-to-face language class?
- The economic downturn is hitting university language programs hard. The German department at Cornell is closing down its Swedish and Dutch programs. State schools in Michigan and California are dropping programs in less commonly taught languages.
- Hybrid or blended courses appear to be becoming a default solution for cuts in language department budgets. Unfortunately, appropriate pedagogy and training for instructors is not going to be able to keep up.
- Some have suggested that classes taught via distance learning require a 500% greater time commitment from instructors than do face-to-face classes.
- Next year's CALICO will be in Amherst, Massachusetts in June.
- The following quote was introduced during a talk on the digital divide: "Giving to the poor digital technology that has been designed for the rich may actually add to the causes of poverty and accelerate the exodus of the rural poor into cities already bursting at the seems" Digital Divide.org
- There have been some interesting ideas bandied about concerning the use of particular iPhone applications for mobile assisted language learning. One on-going project concerns the design of an iPhone application that functions like something of a portable corpus and concordancer. It's called KWICionary.
- This site is something of a Twitter aggregator. It compiles all the tweets people all over post that begin with the phrases to the right ("i wish", "i love", "i feel", etc.)
- There are a lot of German speakers here - both native and non-native. It's interesting that in North American, German seems to be the foreign language most heavily associated with CALL.
- A number of people were very intrigued by the Cyber Language Exchange. A professor from the Dominican Republic is interested in a possible collaboration with Spanish learners at UTSA.