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Saturday, August 15 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
New Approaches to Online Course Design with ANVILL

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This workshop will introduce the latest version of ANVILL-LTI (A National Virtual Language Lab), the University of Oregon's free, web-based application focused on speech and the design of highly interactive tasks for listening comprehension and discussion.

ANVILL-LTI aims to give: 1) language students a set of easy-to-use tools for initiating and responding to a variety of language tasks; 2) language teachers a fast and easy way to create and share lesson material, 3) course developers a free and widely supported platform to modify and enhance the core set of tools that ANVILL comes with (media rich lesson designs, private and public asynchronous voiceboards, synchronous chat, media-based quizzes).

More than 2500 K-16 language teachers worldwide now use a version of ANVILL. Our workshop begins with hands-on tasks that illustrate ANVILL’s multifaceted approach to incorporating student speech in lesson design. We then move through a series of case studies and scenarios that guide participants in the creation of tasks appropriate for their own learners. We particularly focus on ANVILL's newest tools for course authoring and delivery on mobile devices. These let students interact and respond to spoken language in a variety of contexts; it then stores those interactions for teachers to review at their convenience. Participants leave the workshop with the requisite information to begin implementing ANVILL at their own institution.

ANVILL 2.0 is now designed for mobile devices as well as desktop computers. It comes in three flavors: 1) as a standalone application that can run on an institution’s own servers, 2) as an LTI object that can be embedded inside an institution’s existing learning management system, or 3) as a cloud-based application hosted at the University of Oregon.

The workshop should be of particular interest to materials developers, language center directors, and those working in online and hybrid teaching situations.

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Jeff Magoto

Director, Yamada Language Center
I'm the director of the Yamada Language Center (YLC) at the University of Oregon. I've been a language teacher for 40 years, but lately most of my time is spent talking to, watching, mentoring, and advocating on behalf of teachers. YLC is a technology and pedagogy resource center... Read More →

Saturday August 15, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Lamont B-30 11 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA