PILOT A TECHNOLOGY TOOL. OUR TREAT.
WHAT ARE THE BLENDED LEARNING PILOTS?
The pilots are a chance for Flagship directors, instructors, and tutors to try out emerging, LaunchPad-vetted technologies in their curricula and lessons, free of cost. Alternately, instructors and tutors may choose to integrate an existing third party tool they’ve been wanting to try into their lessons, with individualized Tech Center support. 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 2022, depending on your schedule). Instructors’ feedback will be used to improve participating technologies’ fit with best practices in language pedagogy. The pilots will begin with a short webinar on April 4 where Flagship faculty can learn more about this year’s technology tools.
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 LaunchPad-vetted Choices
A suite of speaking tools, including simulated conversations and digital whiteboards. All languages.
Chinese character and vocabulary learning app that focuses on rapid progress to drive motivation and track success.
*Access to tools may be restricted by specific institutional policies.
March 21, 2022: Call for Participation
April 4, 2022: Tech Center 2020 Blended Learning Pilots Webcasts
April 4 – 30, 2022: Create a plan for your pilot, with Tech Center support
May 6, 2022: Feedback to proposed plans
Summer or Fall 2022: Pilot implementation
December 2022: Summary report due
December 2022 : Presentation of pilot results
3 Easy Steps
Step 1: Identify a challenge
Consider the instructional challenge or problem that you would like to address with the tool
Step 2: Choose a tool to pilot
On April 4, 2021, the Tech Center is conducting a short webinars on three innovative tools: Charlala, JinbuPal, and Worddio.
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.
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