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Expanding Access to Chinese through Distance Learning: A Partnership between Higher Education and K–12 (E3)

Expanding Access to Chinese through Distance Learning: A Partnership between Higher Education and K–12 (E3)
Speaker: Sheree Willis

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    • Expanding access through interactive distance learning (videoconferencing): a partnership between K12 and Higher Ed Sheree Willis, Executive Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas [email_address] 913-897-8612 Presentation at NCLC, Washington, D.C. April, 2010
    • Expanding access to underserved students despite shortage of teachers, funding, curriculum
      • A Successful Strategy: Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) videoconference delivery
    • Results: Significant Expansion of Access
      • (IDL-videoconferencing) –
        • Expanded number of K12 students in academic year Chinese language classes delivered by IDL in Kansas from 0 in 2005-2006 to 24 in 2006-2007 to over 400 in 2009-2010, including classes delivered to neighboring states.
        • Inspired establishment of other IDL Chinese programs in Kansas and nearby states.
        • Stimulated growth of non-IDL programs.
        • Stimulated greater emphasis on global learning in K12 throughout the state
      • Over 1500 percent growth in four years.
      05/06/10
    • A Partnership to Increase Access
      • Southeast Kansas Educational Service Center (Greenbush)
        • 21 yrs experience in providing K12 academic year and short-term classes by IDL to Kansas and neighboring states
        • Largest IDL provider in Kansas
        • Linked to extensive statewide IDL network, KanEd Internet backbone
    • What is IDL? Interactive Distance Learning
      • Interactive
      • Real-time, synchronous instruction
      • Uses advanced videoconferencing technology
      • Students and teachers see and hear each other, even with more than one remote site
      • Students see and hear curricular materials (images, ppt, internet pages, documents, video) provided by teacher
      • Teacher can see and hear students and student produced materials
    • IDL is not
      • Asynchronous
      • Online
      • Individualized or independent study
      • Correspondence
    • Equipment and Infrastructure
      • Videoconferencing unit and camera
        • Polycom
        • Tanberg
        • High def v. standard
        • Can be multi-point or point-to-point
      • Display
        • Plasma screen, TV Screen
      • Additional equipment
        • Computer, Document camera, speakers, microphone array, extra (student) camera, DVD/VHS player
        • Phone and fax machine
      • Classroom space (or cart)
      • Internet Access
      • Personnel – facilitator or classroom teacher
      05/06/10
    • Advantages of Interactive Distance Learning
      • Real-time, synchronous instruction
      • Allows students in more than one location and teacher to interact – creating communities of learners over extended physical space
      • Allows classes to be scheduled during normal school day – in regular bell schedule
      • Chinese is perceived as “regular” subject, carrying same weight as other academic subjects
      • Chinese class conforms to contact hour and other requirements for high school credit.
      • Allows for economic allocation of teacher time, either by hub approach or distributed approach
      • Teachers concentrated at one location = sharing of experience, expertise, joint preparation
      • Chinese IDL teachers have greater access to expertise, guidance from higher ed (especially useful in new field with inexperienced teachers)
      • Students have access to certified, trained teacher
      Higher Ed-based teacher hub: Quality of Instruction
    • Management Challenges
      • Equipment - compatibility issues
      • Scheduling – opportunities and challenges
      • Reaching through the screen – to students, schools, communities
      • Supporting sustainable programs
      • Teacher training and support
      • Curriculum development
      05/06/10
      • Specific to IDL
      • Challenges for any language program
    • Communication with IDL sites
      • Facilitators/classroom instructors play important role (training for facilitators helpful)
      • IDL remote site school administrator support also critical
      • Context for learning Chinese (supported by administrators, other teachers, school staff, parents, community)
      05/06/10
    • Sustainability of Chinese language programs requires a supportive environment
      • Cultural education programs for non-language teachers generate support for language programs
        • training in Chinese culture for teachers of other subjects
        • Cultural activities for students (speech contests, festivals, Spring festival performances, films, etc.)
      • Reaching out to school boards, site councils, parents, community businesses – to support Chinese programs
    • Leveraging other resources for a supportive context www.kcta.ku.edu NCTA China Bridge FLAP STARTALK NSLI-Y Confucius Classrooms
    • Reaching through the screen: making best practices work in an IDL context 05/06/10 Pedagogical challenges Error correction Differentiated instruction Realia Classroom management Interpersonal oral assessment (no privacy) Keys to success: Planning ahead (careful lesson planning, send materials ahead) Facilitator training and communication Teacher training and teamwork
    • Areas for Further Investigation
      • Additional research in adapting communicative instruction to IDL context
      • Need adaptive techniques for error correction, student-centered instruction
      • Better techniques for teaching young children – expansion of elementary school programs
    • WWW.CONFUCIUS.KU.EDU