Forum on LSL Language Change:
Thursday, 1/5/17 @1:45 PM
We are sharing with you a student-generated project designed to achieve new literacies and competencies for 21st century learning.
The NFLC Brief (March 2016) has called for ubiquitous, personalized, and relevant learning. Language learning today should look nothing like its predecessors given:
- Open educational resources (OER)
- Technology integrations that allow mobility, immediacy, virtuality, and gamification
- Greater recognition and validation of extra-curricular learning experiences (badging,internships, etc.)
- Data-driven learning platforms and course adjustments
- Mastery of content in the upper reaches of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
The focal point of our project is student engagement: from the student curations to student research for OER support to student input on all steps of the module creation. For this first experiment, each language had one student researcher. The French student, however, had secured an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) fellowship that remunerated well for the entire summer. The other three students shared a Faculty Council Research Grant with their respective faculty members.
As a team, we decided what we wanted the learners to be able to do once they finished a module. The outcomes guided our search for appropriate tools, which we found in H5P, an add-on for WordPress.
Student researchers work with faculty to locate existing, supportive OER and to co-create short lessons for future classes.
Now that we have a template for production and with student research funding for this next summer, we expect to have 5-10 modules per language done by the end of summer 2017. Each year we'll have a new sizable corpus of curations from which to create a sustainable module creation 'machine'.
Our colleague, Yan Gao, offers this module that she and her student researcher created together.