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
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
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)
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