Blended Learning Pilots




The pilots are a chance for Flagship directors and instructors to try out emerging, LaunchPad-vetted technologies in their curricula and lessons, free of cost. With an updated design, this year’s pilots offer a longer planning phase, during which the Tech Center coaches instructors as they prepare to integrate new technology into their lessons. The pilot period is also extended, with a full semester to use the technology with your students (either Summer or Fall 2021, depending on your schedule). Instructors’ feedback will used to improve participating technologies’ fit with best practices in language pedagogy. The pilots will begin with three short webinars on April 1 where Flagship faculty can learn more about this year’s technology tools.

April 1, 2021

4:00pm – 4:30pm EDT: Extempore
4:30pm – 5:00 pm EDT: ImmerseMe
6:00pm – 6:30pm EDT: Woodpecker

  • So what does Blended Learning mean anyway?

    We define blended learning as a student-centered approach that entails purposeful, appropriate, and sustainable integration of technology* which optimizes the use of face-to-face and online environments. Blended learning requires a measure of synchronous interactions between instructor and learners and offers some degree of learner control over time, place, path, or pace.

  • * Gruba, P., Cárdenas-Claros, M. S., Suvorov, R., & Rick, K. (2016). Blended language program evaluation. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

This Year’s Choices

Extempore App logo

Speaking practice app that enables extemporanous speech production. Includes an oral language assessment tool. Any language.

Immerse Me Logo

Virtual Reality to immerse learners in language learning scenarios. 

Woodpecker App

Bilingual dictionaries to look up words and interact with video subtitles and web pages.


March 23, 2021: Call for Participation 

April 1, 2021: Tech Center 2020 Blended Learning Pilots Webcasts

April 1 – 30, 2021: Create a plan for your pilot, with Tech Center support

May 7: Feedback to proposed plans

Summer or Fall 2021: Pilot implementation

December 2021: Summary report due

December 2021 : Presentation of pilot results

3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Choose a tool to pilot

On April 1, 2021, the Tech Center is conducting three short webinars on three innovative tools: Extempore, ImmerseMe, and Woodpecker.

STEP 2: Identify a challenge

Consider the instructional challenge or problem that you would like to address with the tool

Step 3: Register for the Pilots

The Tech Center will assist in the implementation by helping you with the logistics of setting up the pilot and the design of activities to test. 

Learn more about Tech Center blended learning programs.

Contact Information


1890 East West Road

Moore Hall 256

Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 956-5121