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Maria's WK 10 discussion prompt

Sanchez-Serano (2008) talks about the difficulties in distance learning, and some of us may have experienced some of these difficulties in our last class. Many of these problems dealt with the technology itself. However, Sanchez-Serano mentions a more ethical concern dealing with the digital divide, and asks how this divide affects distance learning, in particular foreign language teaching. So, my question is have you seen first hand the effects of the digital divide in distance learning - foreign language? If not what do you think are the effects? What are some ways teachers and/or ELLs can overcome the digital divide?
Maria

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loula_1983
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Overcoming the digital divide
You're definitely right. Distance learning is only possible for those with access. I guess some ways we can get access to those who do not have it would be fundraising, asking for donations or grants, and pushing for funding by teaching those in power the importance of technology. But you're right; these are larger issues. You mention some great ideas for helping students who are unfamiliar with the technology; I really like the consultant idea. Another great way to help those who need help with the technology, which Dr. Sauro has also implemented, is pair work. I know this has been a good way for me to become more familiar with some of the software and programs we have been using in class.

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