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Wednesday, August 12 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The LRC Director as CALL Guru: A Phenomenological Study

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Directors of Language Resource Centers and Language Labs seek to position themselves at the nexus of CALL and pedagogy. In order to maintain their leadership and expertise among their institutions, departments, and students, directors of such facilities must balance a variety of considerations when deciding whether to acquire or create CALL-specific or more generic technology solutions for the language learners and faculty they support. These myriad factors require decisions to be made with regard to pedagogical orientation of given solutions, cost, technical support, and provider reputation. The presenter will discuss the findings of his doctoral dissertation research, in which 25 Language Resource Center and Language Lab directors, all members of the International Association for Language Learning Technology, participated in individual semi-structured interviews. The phenomenological study sought to chronicle and provide a 3-dimensional view of the multifaceted experience of contemporary directors in their decision-making in selecting CALL solutions for their colleges and universities. The presenter will discuss the theoretical framework for the study, including the published research context, the research questions, the methodology employed, the population that was interviewed, the results of the study, its limitations, and the potential areas for further inquiry. The presenter will share proposed conclusions about the varying nature of the experience of Language Resource Center and Language Lab directors, and what this study revealed about the larger realities of their roles within institutions and their perspectives on how they see their professional stature within universities or academic departments. Similarities and differences along the lines of missions, budgets, languages supported, levels of languages offered, commonly-taught vs. less commonly taught languages offered, and other variables that emerged in the study will contribute a larger discussion of the phenomenon with those in attendance, during the open discussion portion of the presentation.

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Jeffrey Samuels

President and CEO, World Languages 360
Longstanding IALLT member, former language instructor and language resource center director. Currently employed in higher education curriculum development (online), concurrently in early startup stages of World Languages 360, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of language learning in the workplace and career readiness. Ph.D. in Information Technology-Education. Dissertation topic related to CALL. Presenting results of... Read More →

Wednesday August 12, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Holden Chapel Holden Chapel, Harvard Bus Tunnel, Cambridge, MA