This presentation is for
Special LEARN Workshop
Theme: Training and Empowering the Adult Learner and Language Professional: Methodology, Technology, and Resources
Monday, 24 September – Thursday, 27 September, 2012 - The University of Texas at Austin
You no longer need a software engineer’s skills to create your own interactive eBook or an online course complete with content, quizzes, and media. With a little technological savvy, the right tools, and time, the average language professional can create interactive web resources ready to use in the classroom (live or online) and to share with language instructors and students around the world. This presentation will highlight two recently adopted tools that have made creating and distributing language resources even easier. First, we will examine the creation of a 100% online “Russian through Film” course using the e-learning authoring tool, Softchalk. Thanks to its flexible design, ability to embed media, and create quizzes and activities offered by Softchalk, language students can use it for self study or be guided by instructors as part of their formal course material. Second, we will explore the creation of an interactive Persian eBook, based on the ancient Shahnameh epic, using iBooks Author, a Mac product that allows you to easily create interactive content and publish as an eBook. The we will take a look at Storyline, the new elearning authoring tool that gives incredible flexibility and customization to create, interact, and publish. Finally, we will review the challenges and benefits of each platform and discuss possibilities for adaptation of various content types into these technological contexts.