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Tuesday, August 11 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Creating Hypermedia Texts with FLAn

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FLAn (Foreign Language Annotator) is a hypermedia editor that allows instructors to create learning units based on any topic or reading source. After the text is processed with FLAn, learners can click on unfamiliar words or phrases and access all the information needed to understand the words or phrases in context. Hypermedia maximizes learner autonomy but can also be used in classroom settings. Annotations linked to words in the reading can be in text format (translations, definitions, cultural notes, grammatical explanations), images, animations, audio (native speaker pronunciation), video, or Web links. Web links in FLAn allow access to online quizzes and activities. No programming knowledge is required to use FLAn for creating instructional materials. Instructors simply add content similar in fashion to a word processor. Text sources could be original materials, dialogs, transcripts to audio and video materials, newspaper articles, poems, song lyrics, etc. FLAn works with virtually any writing system and runs on both Macintosh and PC computers. It can be downloaded for free at proposerswebsite.com.

A one-minute demo of FLAn can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN_iCyVTO0k

Workshop participants will create a FLAn unit in the language of their choice and will learn how to integrate various media.
At the end of the workshop they will be able to:
-create a FLAn unit on their own
-know where to access training videos and other support tools
-know how to process images, audio, and video for use in FLAn
-know how to arrange free one-on-one coaching on-line after the workshop
-be familiar with the Web site redhotwords.com, the support site for FLAn.

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Thom Thibeault

Director, Language Technology Forum, Samford University
Areas of interest include hypermedia, learner autonomy, Language for Specific Purposes, Less Commonly Taught Languages. I am the author of FLAn (Foreign Language Annotator), a free hypermedia editor available at http://redhotwords.com.

Tuesday August 11, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Lamont Library - Room 310 11 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138