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Successful Online Foreign Language Classrooms

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    • Welcome! Please tell us what you think.
      • What are your thoughts about instructor interactivity, teaching realities, and collaborative learning in online education?
      • What is your favorite activity that promotes collaboration?
      Successful Online Foreign Language Classrooms: instructor interactivity, realities, collaborative learning - Whitney Dubrulle, Angela Martin, Katherine Kiss
    • Successful Online Foreign Language Classrooms instructor interactivity, realities, collaborative learning ACTFL 2010 Whitney Dubrulle, Angela Martin, Kate Kiss
    • Instructor Interactivity
      • Students are more likely to succeed if:
      • courses are highly interactive
      • students communicate to exchange perspectives and insights
      • teachers have mastered online communication skills
      • interaction focuses on students
      • teachers use available technology to communicate with students
      • http://info.sreb.org/programs/EdTech/pubs/PDF/Essential_Principles.pdf
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Instructor Realities
      • Building relationships
      • Fostering communications
      • Time management
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Instructor Realities
      • Create a learning community that is intellectually exciting and challenging
      • Encourage learners to perform to the best of their abilities in all aspects
      • Demonstrate effective use of group dynamics and dialogue techniques
      • Use a variety of learning activities and demonstrate instructional methods other than lecturing
      • Integrate curriculum designed to provide learners with a learning environment that is experientially based and in a learning style that is collaborative and supportive
      • (See Palloff & Pratt (2007) pages 108, 109, 110)
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Instructor Realities
      • Use both asynchronous and synchronous modes of interaction
      • Make the class as interactive as possible
      • Provide timely and meaningful feedback
      • Encourage learners to learn from each other
      • Adapted from this link: http:// home.sprynet.com/~gkearsley/OItips.htm
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Instructor Realities: HOW?
      • Attitude
      • Individual email
      • Class email
      • Participation in discussion forums
      • Feedback given on assignments
      • Course homepage
      • Availability through pager system, phone or Skype
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    • Agree or Disagree? Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Agree or Disagree?
      • A/D You can do the same collaborative activities online as face-to-face.
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Agree or Disagree?
      • A/D Class "community" is the first and most important step to a successful classroom.
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Agree or Disagree?
      • A/D Interdependence is more important than independence for online classes.
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Collaborative Learning
      • Community and Interdependence
      • Critical elements
      • Helps learners achieve a deeper level of knowledge generation
      • Moves learners from independence to interdependence
      • Strengthens the foundation of the online learning community
      • Development of shared goals – important element of community.
      • “ When I succeed, we succeed!”
      • adapted from Paloff & Pratt (2007) ‏
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Collaborative Learning
      • Collaboration and Asynchronous Discussions
      • Start with introductions
      • Share clear expectations
      • Respond to each introduction
      • Encourage students to do the same
      • Design discussions for quick and regular S—S engagement
      • adapted from Paloff & Pratt (2007) ‏
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Collaborative Learning
      • Develop the art of asking expansive questions : What do you think about x?
      • Design for student leadership – share responsibility among participants
      • Require students to provide constructive feedback to one another
      • Create a role for instructor as equal player in the discussion – helps with respectful time management
      • adapted from Paloff & Pratt (2007) p. 170
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Collaborative Learning
      • 5 Tools we have used to successfully enhance and
      • encourage collaboration and community building:
      • VoiceThread http:// voicethread.com /
      • Jing Project http:// www.techsmith.com/jing /
      • E-pals http:// www.epals.com /
      • Voki http:// www.voki.com /
      • Wikis http:// www.wikispaces.com / http://pbworks.com/
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010
    • Brainstorming activity
      • How might you translate your favorite F2F class collaborative (or other great) activity for use in an online class?
      • OOVOO.com skype but more!!
      • Tokbox
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    • Thank you for coming!
      • http://apling696-fa09.wikispaces.umb.edu/
      • Whitney Dubrulle,
      • GAVS [email_address]
      • Angela Martin,
      • [email_address]
      • Katherine Kiss,
      • Umass, Boston [email_address]
      Dubrulle & Martin ACTFL 2010