SALRC Sponsored Workshops
The Use of Technology in the South Asian Language Classroom, December 3rd and 4th, 2004
- Robert Blake, "Effective use of technologies in language classrooms: Spanish and Arabic without Walls"
- Robert Smitheram, "Fostering and expanding faculty involvement in applying technology to language learning: The experience of the Center for Educational Technology"
- Mark Warschauer, "Comparing Face-to-Face and Electronic Discussion in the Second Language Classroom"
An introduction to issues of computer-mediated communication.
- Robert Blake, "Computer Mediated Communication: A Window on L2 Spanish Interlanguage"
A study of the benefits and effectiveness of networked discussions (chats) in a classroom setting.
- Robert Blake et al, "Who's Helping Whom? Learner/Heritage-Speakers’ Networked Discussions in Spanish" [references]
A study of the effectiveness of computer-mediated communication between non-native students and heritage speakers.
- Moodle: http://moodle.org/
A free, open-source course management system, like Blackboard or WebCT, but claiming "a strong grounding in social constructivist pedagogy." The interface is rather user-friendly and claims to have easy-to-use authoring tools. Does not yet include extensive South Asian language support.
- Hot Potatoes: http://hotpot.uvic.ca/
A popular software package "enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web". Free to publicly-funded, not-for-profit educational institutions.
- Webauthor: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/larrc/webauthor.html
Vasu Renganathan's tool for creating a variety of web-based exercises. See also http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/larrc/ for a few other development tools at Penn.
- Horizon Wimba: http://www.horizonwimba.com/
A developer of web-based collaboration software that incorporates voice and interactive technologies into on-line course content. Particularly applicable to language pedagogy is its "Weblab," which creates a virtual language lab. This technology can be easily incorporated into Course Management systems like Blackboard or WebCT, but is commercial software, so it comes at a price.
- SoftChalk: http://www.softchalk.com
A commercial software that includes an authoring tool called "LessonBuilder" enabling the creation of on-line assignments and lessons through a word processor-like interface.
- Test Authoring Tool Links (San Diego State): http://balrog.sdsu.edu/~wstrombe/test_authoring_systems.htm
Wayne Stromberg's review of tools for creating web-based assignments and exams.
- Language Interactive: http://www.fln.vcu.edu/cgi/interact.html
A "trail guide to creating dynamic web pages" by Robert Godwin-Jones, who has a regular column on new technologies in the on-line journal Language Learning and Technology. Written in 1998, this site is a bit dated, but still forms a nice resource on the fundamentals of course site design.
- "Using Course Management Tools:" http://www.vcu.edu/idc/gj/wi2001/
An on-line version of a presentation on course website design given in 2001 by Robert Godwin-Jones at the IDC Winter Institute, which links to useful resources on web design, internet standards, new technologies, and authoring tools.
- "Modules to Go:" http://cet.middlebury.edu/prgm_regional_shops.php
The Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury College offers portable modules for holding technology training workshops. go here for titles of specific workshops.
- Intellectual Property and Fair Use: http://cet.middlebury.edu/rsrc_ip.php and http://cet.middlebury.edu/rsrc_copyright.php
The Middlebury College Center for Education Technology provides explanations and resources on intellectual property and fair use policy issues.
- AATG German Supersite: http://grow.aatg.org/
A large, detailed database of the "best of the best" web resources for German pedagogy, categorized by linguistic categories, resource types, and learner aptitude levels.
- MERLOT: http://www.merlot.org/
A large catalog of online learning materials, annotated, peer-reviewed and sorted by subject.
- French Online at Carnegie Mellon: http://ml.hss.cmu.edu/languageonline/FOL/FOL.html
An online French course containing lessons, exercises, and a Blackboard course interface.
- The Virtual Museum: http://tools.nitle.org/museum/ A site where instuctors may create 'virtual museums' of cultural and artistic audio/visual materials, with multilingual support. Developed with the support of CET at Middlebury College.
- Technology and Chinese Language Teaching Workshops: http://academics.hamilton.edu/eal/home/conf/c1/Technology_and_Chinese_Lan.html An example of a successful, self-sustaining, and faculty-driven pedagogical workshop program. Go to the "Conference Schedule" for presentation abstracts.
- Vasu Renganathan's Tamil Language in Context: http://www.southasia.upenn.edu/tamil/
- Gabriella Ilieva's Virtual Hindi: http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/mideast/hindi/
- David Germano's Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library: http://iris.lib.virginia.edu/tibet/
- Wilma Heston's Resources for Learning Pashto: http://www.southasia.upenn.edu/pashto/
- Vimala Rajagopal's Kannada Dani: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~vimalar2 [requires password for access]
- Practice of Devanagari script and sounds: http://www.anu.edu.au/asianstudies/hindi/swah1002/resources.html
- Hindi Resources contributed by Rakesh Bhatt:
- 'Let's Learn Devanagari': http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/hindi/alphabet/
- Audio-recorded stories of texts being used in the classroom:
- Supplementary teaching materials (short stories, poems, plays, jokes, etc.):
- On-line publishing of student papers:
- 'New Directions, New People - Volume One': http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/plc/hindi/video/
Simulated authentic conversations for advanced first-year Hindi students, available in video and CD formats, available from the Penn Center for South Asia Studies.