In this episode, I sit down with several of the presenters from the colloquium on telecollaborative practices at the 2011 AAAL conference and discuss tools, techniques, and tasks for successful telecollaboration.


Guests:  

Victoria Hasko, University of Georgia
Dawn Bikowski, Ohio University
Greg Kessler, Ohio University
Sabine Levet, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Melinda Dooly, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Lara Ducate, University of South Carolina

Host:    

Shannon Sauro, University of Texas at San Antonio

Key Themes:   

- What type of learning does telecollaboration foster
- What resources and practices help ensure a successful telecollaboration

Related Links:   



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Direct download: Episode_6_Telecollaboration.mp3
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In this episode, we explore effective strategies and practices in distance language teaching online.


 

Guests:  

Regine Hampel, Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages, The Open University 
Uschi Stickler, Lecturer in German, The Open University

 

Host:      

Shannon Sauro, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL, University of Texas at San Antonio

Key Themes:   

- What makes distance language teaching online effective

- How online distance language teaching is different from face-to-face teaching

 


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Direct download: Episode_5_Distance_Language_Teaching_Online.mp3
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In this episode, we discuss both pedagogical and commercial MMOGs (massively multiplayer online games) and their potential for supporting language learning.


 

Guests:  

Julie Sykes, Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of New Mexico
Jonathon Reinhardt, Assistant Professor of English Language/Linguistics, University of Arizona

 

Host:      

Shannon Sauro, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL, University of Texas at San Antonio

Key Themes:   

- The digital literacy and technical set-up needed for a MMOG

- The types of language learning MMOGs can support 

- Ideas for integrating MMOGs into language courses

Related Links:     

Zon (for Chinese, at the University of Michigan)
Club Penguin (for elementary school aged learners)
Quest Atlantis  (for children aged 9-15)

 


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Direct download: Episode4.mp3
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In this episode, we discuss common challenges teachers face in implementing CALL activities in their classes as well as tips and strategies for adapting to these challenges.


 

 Guests:  

Volker Hegelheimer, Associate Professor of English, Iowa State University 
Joy Lynn Egbert, Associate Professor of Education, Washington State University


Host:
    

Shannon Sauro, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL, University of Texas at San Antonio


Key Themes:
    

- Favorite CALL activities
-
Common challenges
- Advice for language teachers incorporating CALL into their lessons for the first time


Related Links:
    

 


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Direct download: Episode3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

In this episode we discuss the factors influencing CALL practitioners' decision to seek further professional development as well as resources for keeping up with new changes in technology. 


 

Guests:  

Greg Kessler, Assistant Professor of CALL, Ohio University
Joy Lynn Egbert, Associate Professor of Education, Washington State University


Host:
    

Shannon Sauro, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Texas at San Antonio


Key Themes:
    

- The likelihood of CALL trained practitioners to actually implement CALL-based activities in the classroom
- Keeping up with CALL
- Top 5 resources for continued professional development

Related Links & Resources:     

 

Direct download: Episode_2_Continued_Professional_Development.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:34 AM

For our inaugural episode, we talk with two experts in CALL regarding the skills and knowledge that are necessary for language educators to do CALL.


 

 Guests:  

Volker Hegelheimer, Associate Professor of English, Iowa State University 
Greg Kessler, Assistant Professor of CALL, Ohio University


Host:
    

Shannon Sauro, Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL, University of Texas at San Antonio


Key Themes:
    

- TESOL Technology Standards
-
Critical skills and strategies
- Differences and similarities in skills needed for K-12 versus adult educators
- Advice for language teachers just beginning training in CALL


Related Links:
    

 


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Direct download: Episode1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:41 PM

Welcome to the CALLspot,  a podcast focused on all things CALL. In each episode, we talk with CALL practitioners and experts to discuss teaching and professional development resources, tackle the challenges of incorporating technology in language teaching, and explore major themes in computer-assisted language learning. Our first episodes will debut in April.


 

Coming soon

Episode 1:    What Skills and Knowledge Are Necessary for Someone To Do CALL? Episode 2:    Continued Professional Development for CALL Practitioners Episode 3:    Incorporating CALL into Your Classroom

 


Participate in the CALLspot

The CALLspot is looking for CALL practitioners and experts interested in participating in roundtable discussions for upcoming episodes. If you’re interested, would like to recommend someone else to appear in an episode, or have suggestions for other CALL themes and topics, please send us an e-mail at callspot@gmail.com

Episodes are planned for the following topics:

CALL and the Digital Divide

Student Welfare & Privacy in Cyberspace

Copyright Considerations

CALL for the Low-Tech & No-Tech Classrooms

Second Life

Setting up International Telecollaborations

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