Blended Learning: Redesigning 1st and 2nd year language courses for French and Spanish

Title Blended Learning: Redesigning 1st and 2nd year language courses for French and Spanish
Faculty/College/Unit Arts
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Robert Miller
Year 1: Funded Amount 25,903
Year 1: Team Members

Maria Carbonetti, Course Coordinator (Spanish 206, Spanish 207), French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Joel Chauvin, Educational Technology and Computer Support Specialist, French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Juliet O’Brien, Course Coordinator (French 101, French 102, French 215), French, Hispanic & Italian Studies

Year 1: Summary

We propose to create a collection of content modules for French and Spanish courses that would replace the traditional textbooks presently in use. This project builds upon the experience of creating and deploying successful blended courses for French 122 and French 123 for the past 4 academic years (400 students/year). Our combined experience with flexible learning gives us the confidence that this model can be extended to a larger scale by creating a collection of reusable digital language-learning content materials. These materials are comprised of online course content and activities, online assessments and assignments mainly hosted on UBC’s Learning Management System, Connect. Our proposed changes would impact seven courses (French 101-102-111-112-215, Spanish 206-207) where approximately 1800 students register yearly. The purpose of this initiative is to upgrade both teaching and learning by capitalizing on existing knowledge and language-teaching experience that would enable students and instructors to move to a more user-focused, self-directed approach to teaching and learning.

Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 2: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Robert Miller
Year 2: Funded Amount 19,025
Year 2: Team Members

Maria Carbonetti, 12-month Lecturer, French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts (Course Coordinator for Spanish 206, Spanish 207)
Joel Chauvin, Educational Technology and Computer Support Specialist, French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts
Juliet O’Brien, 12-month Lecturer, French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts (Course Coordinator for French 101, French 102, French 215)

Year 2: Summary

By the end of April 2016, we will have created most of the content modules for French 101, 102, 111, 112 and 215 and all of the content modules for Spanish 206 and 207. These materials are comprised of online course content, activities, assessments and assignments hosted on UBC’s Learning Management System, Connect. Of the seven language courses included in this project, two are deployed (French 215 and Spanish 206), one will be deployed in January 2016 (Spanish 207), and the remaining courses are scheduled for deployment in September 2016 and January 2017. The purpose of this initiative is to upgrade both teaching and learning by capitalizing on existing knowledge and language-teaching experience. The second phase will ensure that all the modules are completed, enhanced in terms of presentation, reviewed, tested and perfected in conjunction with the deployment of the various courses.

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