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FLTC Summer Series - 2020


 

Online Course Tour: Course Tour of SPA 2010: Intermediate Spanish Online by Michael Anderson, Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

 

Time:

3:30-4:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Event Video Recording

 

For our final event of the Summer Series, Michael Anderson will join us with a course tour of his fully online Intermediate Spanish course. We began the series with course tours from German and will end with a course tour in Spanish. Michael joined us on the Assessment Panel and with the Quizzes Brown Bag and now he will walk us through SPA: 2010 which he developed for online instruction before the shutdown. Building on his experience as graduate assistant to the German 1010 fully online course, Michael went on to develop this course for Spanish, using some similar programs, but adding his own personal elements, too.

  

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

Brown Bag: Interactive Lectures with Edpuzzle and Nearpod by Christine Knapp and Rodel Salazar, Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

 

Time:

12:30-1:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Event Video Recording

 

One element of the face-to-face classroom that is most difficult to recreate in an asynchronous online course is the natural back and forth of an interactive lecture with the opportunity for students to ask questions and instructors to check in on understanding. We have spoken about Voicethread, but there are two other products that are also very useful to recreating this interaction, Nearpod and Edpuzzle. Christine Knapp and Rodel Salazar of French will talk about their experiences 

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

Brown Bag: Group Projects for Activities in Culture and in the Target Language by Julie Koehler and Cori Peet, Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

 

Time:

4:00-5:00 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Friday, July 24th, 2020

Event Video Recording
 

At first glance, group projects may appear to be unwieldy in the online or remote space, but, as we experience ourselves, much of the work in today’s world happens in online collaborations. When creating online group activities, it is important to have clear directions and easy-to-follow tools. Julie Koehler and Cori Peet have created group activities for fully online classes in language, literature, and culture. Utilizing the tools of Canvas and some outside apps, they have developed online group projects that allow students to engage in collaborative work, develop community and relationships, and demonstrate broader understanding. Join us to see how the groups function and to learn more

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

Brown Bag: Creating Easy Lectures in Screencast-O-Matic by Julie Koehler, Interim Director of the Foreign Language Technology Center, CMLLC

 

Time:

3:30-4:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Event Video Recording

There are many products available to record lectures today. You can find seemingly endless options of tools, modifications, and embellishments for your recorded lectures. In our current situation, however, many of us have very little time to develop highly produced lectures. When time is short and all the bells and whistles aren’t needed to get your point across, Screencast-o-matic is a great option for making a quick lecture or walking students through a new tool or concept. Julie Koehler has been using Screencast-o-matic for over five years and often pulls it out when she needs to make a quick review or to walk students through a document. She will share the easy how-to structure of the program and walk-through a handful of examples of how it can be used in online and traditional classrooms.

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

Week of 7/20 Events

 

Online Course Tour:  RUS 2710: Intro to Russian Culture Online by Laura Kline, Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

 

Time:

12:30-1:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Event Video Recording

Laura Kline began creating online courses in 2007, when she created two online Russian listening comprehension courses with the help of FLTC mini-grants. Since then, she has taught Russian language, literature & culture courses and Global Stories online, using both synchronous and asynchronous formats. As she takes us on tour of RUS 2710: Intro to Russian Culture, a fully online asynchronous course, she will share pedagogical approaches which have proved successful, as well as some of the problems she has encountered over the years. 

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

Brown Bag: Quizzes and Exams in Canvas: Tricks and Ideas for Language Assessment   by Michael Anderson, Spanish, Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 

 

Time:

12:30-1:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Friday, July 17th, 2020

Event Video Recording

The Quiz function in Canvas can be a very useful tool for language learning. Not only can it allow for auto-grading, but also for students to re-take quizzes with different questions on the same topic. Quizzes can be used to give language placement exams, final exams, or quick learning checks. Michael Anderson has done all of these things and more in the time since Canvas came to Wayne. He has developed placement exams for Spanish, quizzes in his fully online Spanish language class, and mastery quizzes for German with question banks that allow students to retake new quizzes on the same topics. He will join us to share his experience and knowledge and to answer questions about how you can use Quizzes in your language classes. 

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

 

Panel: Preparing Language Courses for Student Success in Online and Remote Learning Nicole Coleman, Julie Koehler, Elena Past, Roxana Zuniga,

Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

 

Time:

12:30-1:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Event Video Recording

 

This fall, we will have many more students in our courses who are new to online and remote learning or whose only experience will have been last spring. Many of these students would not have chosen to take online classes, but they will need them to continue in their academics this fall. For this reason, it is more important than ever that we try to prepare our courses carefully to make their structure transparent and easy-to-follow. We need to consider accessibility of our courses and do what we can to help our students be successful. This can be especially difficult in language courses. Students may not understand directions or have trouble following Canvas itself in a foreign language. Without the face-to-face time, there are fewer organic moments for them to ask a classmate or the instructor about little things they are not understanding from the syllabus or how to turn in an assignment. We need to build these moments into the online space to accommodate these natural checks. Join us as we discuss these challenges, past successes, and ideas for the fall to help our students have every chance to succeed in these unique times.

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 


Panel: Target Language Assessment in Online and Remote Courses
  by Michael Anderson, Nicole Coleman, Silvia Giorgini-Althoen, Christine Knapp, Julie Koehler,
Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Time:

 12:30-1:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Friday, July 10th, 2020

Event Video Recording

Assessments can be the most frightening element of our courses to put online. While thinking of activities and practice can seem fun, imagining losing the control of the face-to-face classroom for assessments can be very overwhelming. How can we best assess students online? How can we make assessments user-friendly and help our students to do their best? How can we ensure that the people taking the assessments are indeed our students? All these questions can plague an instructor developing online assessments. In the world of language, there is the extra problem that certain skills, such as interpersonal communication, can seem more straight-forward to assess in person. In this panel, instructors will discuss their challenges and their successes. They will provide examples of how they tackled the assessment issue online and answer your questions about your own courses. We hope you will join us as we dive into one of the thorniest elements of the online learning discussion and come away with some good ideas. 

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 


Brown Bag: Library Support for Streaming, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access (OA) Course Materials, by Karen Liston,
University Libraries

Time:

 3:30-4:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Thursday, July 9th, 2020

The costs of materials for online and streaming course materials have skyrocketed.  In 2018, eighty-five percent (85%) of students reported that paying for textbooks and course materials is financially stressful.  Digital textbooks, ebooks and streaming video licenses frequently cost many times that of their print and fixed media counterparts (when they’re available at all), resulting in even more strain on student, library, and departmental budgets, and contributing to the high cost of tuition in higher education.  COVID19 suddenly exacerbated this situation and is likely to impact future academic terms as well.

There are many actions that individual instructors and researchers can take in planning, designing, publishing, and making their own (and others’) course materials and scholarship available in ways that are less costly and that support the open dissemination of information without impinging on intellectual property rights and copyright.  Learn about library resources and services that can help you alleviate financial strain on your students, make finding engaging resources for your courses easier, and help keep information and quality learning materials more available for everyone.  

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

Brown Bag: Creating Interpersonal Discussion Online: VoiceThread and Flipgrid
  by Nicole Coleman, Silvia Giorgini-Althoen, and Julie Koehler,

Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Time:

12:30-1:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

One of the major challenges of online and remote learning is how to get students to practice speaking and how to assess their interpersonal interaction. While it may happen in a different way online, there are ways for students to still interact with each other’s speech, even asynchronously. Tools like Voicethread and Flipgrid allow students to record audio and video responses to the instructor and each other. In this Brown Bag, Nicole Coleman, Silvia Giorgini-Althoen and Julie Koehler will discuss how they have used Voicethread and Flipgrid in their language and culture courses for informal discussion, pronunciation checks, presentations, and annotation of films. Flipgrid is integrated into Canvas, so students do not have to leave the Canvas space to use it. Though Voicethread is not yet available in this way, its simple and intuitive format make it easy for students to use. Come to this session to see examples, learn some simple setup and discuss how to get students talking online. 

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

 

Panel: Meeting Platforms: The Pluses and Minuses of Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Products by Nicole Coleman, Anne Duggan, Julie Koehler, Leonidas Pittos, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

 

Time:

 3:30-4:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

 

Much of our work in the fall will take place in online meeting platforms, not only in our teaching, but also in service and research, as many committees, conferences, and other events go online for the semester. What programs best serve what needs in language instruction and outside the classroom and in what ways can we be most efficient in our use of them? How do we best serve our language students in our live sessions and maintain momentum on work outside the classroom? In all situations, how do we keep the attention of language students and our colleagues while email and social media are but a click away? In this panel, we will discuss all this and more as we look at Zoom and Teams and how they can serve our needs. We will also touch on Google products, like Meet, Hangouts, and Duo.

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 

 

 

 

 

Panel: Creating Community Online for Language Learners

Silvia Giorgini-Althoen, Lisabeth Hock, Alina Klin, Laura Kline, Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

 

Time:

3:30-4:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Tuesday, June, 30th, 2020

 

In a face-to-face classroom, students have time and space to interact informally with each other in an organic way. They may study together in a lounge class before class or head to a coffee shop afterward. Or they may interact at social events on campus put on by language clubs and departmental initiatives (lectures, holiday parties, field trips etc.). In the online space, at first, it may appear that the absence of these elements means that students will not feel a part of a community or have these extracurricular opportunities to practice their language and experience culture. However, there are ways to both create a strong classroom community in the online space and to bring students together for events outside class where they can interact socially and practice their language. In this panel, we will hear from instructors in German, Italian, Polish and Russian about how they create community in the classroom and provide social opportunities outside the classroom in online learning. Join us to discuss the elements of a strong classroom community and how to develop thoughtful and intentional social interactions for language students online.  

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

Using Thinglink for Language and Culture
by Silvia Giorgini-Althoen, Senior Lecturer of Italian and Coordinator of the Beginning Italian Language Sequence in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures  

Time:

 12:30-1:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Friday, June, 26th, 2020

 

Silvia Giorgini-Althoen will share with us her experience with the interactive media platform ThingLink and demonstrate how this adaptable tool provides creative and practical applications that motivate students, enrich content, and enhance students’ interpretive and communicative abilities. The ThingLink website defines the tool as “an award-winning education technology platform that makes it easy to augment images, videos, and virtual tours with additional information and links.” In particular, she examines the pedagogical possibilities of using this platform to explore the expansive reach of interactive visuals in online and flipped language and culture classrooms. This tool offer both students and faculty the opportunity to expand the scope of the classroom and integrate diverse, global sources, while fostering a greater sense of community and enhancing personal connections with course content.

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 

German Language, Literature and Culture Courses Online

by Julie Koehler, Interim Director of the FLTC and Lecturer of German in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

 

Time:

 12:30-1:30 pm

Venue:

 FLTC Zoom

Date:

 Thursday, June, 25th, 2020

 

In this course tour, Julie Koehler will walk participants through three fully online courses developed by teams in German and French over the last six years. The first online course Julie developed was German/French 2991: Understanding the Fairy Tale under a FLTC Mini-Grant awarded to Anne Duggan of French in 2014. It is primarily a literature course taught in English. In 2019, Julie published a piece on the course’s development in the edited volume Teaching Fairy Tales. In 2018, Julie received a FLTC mini-grant, to develop a fully online version of German 1010 which she completed with the assistance of Michael Anderson of Spanish in time for a Summer 2019 debut. Finally, Julie was a member of the German area team, spearheaded by Lisabeth Hock, to develop a fully online version of the German culture course, 2710: Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution: Transitional Moments in German History and Culture. This course was funded by two grants and first ran in Fall of 2019. In this course tour, Julie will briefly walk through each online class, share the major components of each course, and talking about meeting the goals of teaching language, literature, and culture online. This course tour is a great introduction to the Summer Series as she will touch on a number of elements related to the upcoming panels and mention some technological tools to be covered in later Brown Bags, including Thinglink, Flipgrid, Voicethread, and EdPuzzle.

(Please email Julie Koehler (jljkoehler@wayne.edu ) if you would like an Outlook Calendar invitation)

 
 
 
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