Virtual Language LearningProgram @ Daemen CollegePilot Project 2012-2013
The VLLP welcomes the potential to connectDaemen students with learners of other institutionson a national or international level, and opens thedoors to an education which prepares students toembark on their post-graduate experience in anincreasingly complex world. Its purpose is resource sharing. The idea is toconnect scholars and learners in real time throughone-to-one and/or through one-to-many scenariosthrough high-definition digital connections fromanywhere in the world.
Scholar@ University@ officeStudent Bodyon Campus In a 1-1 scenarioDaemen students (inupstate NY) will take acourse with an expertin the field of study(located anywhere).
Scholar@UniversityCollege1College3College4College2 In the 1-manyscenario one scholar(university) will teacha course populated bystudents at multiplecolleges.
LifeSize• LifeSize uses high definition video architecture thatallows users to connect to one another remotely.Users connect via tele-presence through highdefinition screens in real time. Students meet in theclassroom where the videoconferencing equipment isset up. Adobe Connect• is a web conferencing system that supports real timechat-based (text based) discussion, document sharing,white board discussions, and more. Blackboard• Course management system Other Online Tools (workbooks, text resources)
Computers: PCs, Microsoft Office Professional Plus (32-bit) LifeSize: Passport & Room 220 High Definition TV sets Headphones Adobe Connect: Version 8 Blackboard Learn version 9.1.9.0123.0 Server Space: Blackboard, Adobe Connect Broadband: 1 gig connection rate through CogentCommunications (the ISP) TWC 30 megs/sec download; 5 mps upload Dedicated Classroom
FALL VLLP COURSES 2012 SPA 240: Grammar & Culture Workshop I SPA 316: Spanish American Civilization & Culture SPA / FRE 420: Language Teaching Methods & Assessment LNG 415: Second Language Acquisition & Applied Linguistics SPRING VLLP COURSES 2013 SPA 101: Elementary Spanish I SPA 250: Grammar & Culture Workshop II SPA 334: Special Topics in Culture IPP 318: Technology in Education
Range of courses taught in SPA and ENGRange of levels taught in SPA and ENG• The content and demands of each course varymaking them strong candidates for testing underVLLP conditions and parameters
SPA 240 Content based course addressing LA history,culture, politics, etc., as well as language andgrammar. Daily discussion via Life Size and Connect Exams: iLrn & BlackboardHomework: iLrn & Blackboard Projects & Presentations: Blackboard, web Showcase assignments = ePortfolio Online workbook -iLrn
DISTANCE LEARNING STUDENT - CENTERED Real-time Dynamic Students meet on Campus Not lecture oriented Dynamic interaction Multi-faceted: synchronousaudio, video, text streamsalong side asynchronousprivate and public work Assessed
“I am really enjoying the class, I think its such agreat concept. If done on an even larger scaleI think it could really revolutionize educationstandards globally. I find it extraordinary thatsomeone could be sitting in a third worldcountry but still be receiving the sameeducational experience as someone in amore developed one (provided they have aninternet connection).”
Create Folders for Each Course Taught inAdobe Connect
Online WorkbooksQuia / iLrn require• activities to be activated and due dates to be set.• Book codes and course codes
BlackboardBlackboard housed• the course documents• Course information Syllabi Grading criteria Assignments Space for posting work
Negotiation of meaning• Productive skills: speaking and writing• Receptive skills: listening and reading Collaborative and cooperative learning Student centered Equalizes participation Keeps students FOCUSED Is motivational Facilitates “noticing” Facilitates attention to form and function Promotes Communicative fluency• While still honing in on form
Students return to lectures to review notes,study, and re-address materialStudents’ minds are occupied during classtimeStudents take notes• before class to be ready to contribute• after class so they have thorough class notes
Student projects are assessed project byproject; grading criteria is posted in BbVLLP project – ongoing, real timeassessment over two academic semesters• Department Meetings (impromptu, scheduled)• CIEL Conference• College Meetings• Conferences
Mic detects quiet speakers when oneperson speaks at a timeSoft voices not detected by mic duringsmall group discussions.Ideal classroom set up is with mic in thecenter of the roomUpload speeds of 10 mps are important