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Paper delivered at ALT-C 2013 (Wed 11th September): http://altc2013.alt.ac.uk/sessions/using-technology-to-support-new-ideas-in-language-learning-a-tess-experience-exemplar-covering-written-and-audio-assessment-in-spanish-364/

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Using Technology to Support New Ideas in Language Learning: a ’TESS Experience’ exemplar covering written and audio assessment in Spanish. Using Technology to Support New Ideas in Language Learning: a ’TESS Experience’ exemplar covering written and audio assessment in Spanish. Presentation Transcript

  • Using Technology to Support New Ideas in Language Learning: a ‘TESS Experience’ exemplar covering written and audio assessment in Spanish Jonny Crook | @jonnycrook Learning Technologist, University of Manchester
  • What is TESS? • TESS: Teaching Enhancement and Student Success • University-wide initiative, funded by the Faculty of Humanities • Created to support teaching innovation and enhancement of the student experience • Projects set up by academics to develop course content • Academics partnered with Faculty eLearning Team members • Funding of £1500 available Key areas: • Student engagement • Assessment and feedback • Managing large groups • Foster student identity
  • Academic & Learning Technologist Partnership Working with the Academic • Initial workshop to discuss and develop project • Technologist as advisor: o learning tools o software o equipment spec o assessment tools o Blackboard course space • Order and co-ordinate equipment • On-hand to advise and give training support (to academics and students) • Dissemination of project • Follow-on support View slide
  • Project: Spanish Language Learning through audiobooks • Aimed at engaging students with reading advanced texts and enjoying literature through weekly reading groups and audiobooks • Project compliments final year core language classes (4th year UG) • Weekly get-together sessions for reading and listening (audiobooks) • 35 final participants (initially 50 sign-up) • Student creation of their own audiobook (written and audio submissions) • Feedback of written stories via annotation with tablet • Assessment of audiobook • Publication of stories through digital downloads and compiled story booklet View slide
  • Equipment Dell Latitude Tablet Sony digital voice recorders To bear in mind with academics: • ‘Comfortable’ with technology • Familiar environment (Windows) • Ease of use Student own devices ?
  • Tablet Annotation
  • eLearning Support •Advising on use of Turnitin and the Bb Assignment tool for submitting written stories and audio files •Advising on and use of tablet and stylus for eMarking/annotations •Advising on audio recording: recording devices, software (eg. Audacity) •Workshop on audio recording for students (and drop-in support) •Editing/enhancing submitted audiobooks •Producing and compiling audiobook digital downloads and CD version •Advising on printing of final written story booklet Providing a variety of elearning advice and support throughout the project:
  • Reporting and Dissemination •Student feedback survey •Poster presentation report (summary for displays and presentations) •Group presentation workshop •Multimedia exemplar on Faculty website •Participation in School or Faculty events
  • Student comments “I loved the audiobooks project. It was touted as a fun extra module that would be beneficial and, although the fun element did disappear quite quickly as the workload came, I really enjoyed the classes and the opportunity to do something creative. Although it was extra work, I’m sure my Spanish has benefitted even a little and I would recommend it to other final year students.” “I really enjoyed the audiobooks project. It was a great idea and it really helped me with my creative writing and pronunciation.” “I gained confidence in speaking and writing. It’s a good way to get feedback.”