Technology is constantly changing and it is a challenge to keep abreast of all the new and exciting ways to use it in the classroom meaningfully. Participants in this online institute will work together to develop their personal learning networks (PLN) and create lesson activities that not only use technology, but target the three communication modes described in the National Standards (interpretive, interpersonal, presentational).

In this five-week course, participants will discover ways to use online tools to promote student language comprehension and production by motivating their participation and collaboration in the target language. Participants will discuss how online activities can change what happens in the classroom with flipped classroom ideas.

Target Audience: Foreign language and ESL teachers who teach in middle school through postsecondary who are interested in incorporating online applications into their face-to-face, hybrid, or online classes.


Time Frame: This institute is almost entirely asynchronous (not real time) with bi-weekly due dates. You will work on activities according to your own schedule during the week, but the twice weekly due dates are important, as the activities build on each other. There will be a couple of synchronous activities—one with a partner, maybe a small group—dates/times will be set at the beginning of the course. You can expect about 6 hours of work per week, more if you are just learning the technologies.

Technology Requirements: Please see the tech requirements page for what you will need: carla.umn.edu/institutes/techrequirements.html


Florencia HenshawFlorencia Henshaw has a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish. She has designed six online courses and has extensive experience with technology-enhanced second language and heritage language instruction.


Marlene JohnshoyMarlene Johnshoy is the Online Education Program Director and Web Manager at CARLA. She has given numerous workshops on many aspects of web-based language teaching and learning and enjoys collaborating with teachers to discover ways to enhance their lessons with technology.


Full Course Description: https://carla.umn.edu/institutes/2020/usingtheweb.html

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