SALRC Sponsored Workshops

The Use of Technology in the South Asian Language Classroom, December 3rd and 4th, 2004

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Workshop Presentations:


Technological resources:
  • Moodle:
    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:
    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:
    Vasu Renganathan's tool for creating a variety of web-based exercises. See also for a few other development tools at Penn.
  • Horizon Wimba:
    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:
    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):
    Wayne Stromberg's review of tools for creating web-based assignments and exams.
Pedagogical Resources:
Language Site Examples:
  • AATG German Supersite:
    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.
    A large catalog of online learning materials, annotated, peer-reviewed and sorted by subject.
  • French Online at Carnegie Mellon:
    An online French course containing lessons, exercises, and a Blackboard course interface.
  • The Virtual 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: An example of a successful, self-sustaining, and faculty-driven pedagogical workshop program. Go to the "Conference Schedule" for presentation abstracts.
South Asian Site Examples: South Asian Web Resources for Hindi (contributed by Rakesh Bhatt/Vijay Gambhir): SALRC Recommended Sites and Resources for South Asia: