We are very pleased to announce the creation of The Language Collaboratory, a partnership for the advancement of intercollegiate dialogue on the teaching of languages and cultures, driven by language centers and institutes at the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The purpose of this initiative is to provide collaborative professional development opportunities for educators of language, culture, and literature at the five institutions.
The pandemic offers us opportunities to deepen our existing collaborations through virtual connections across distance and institutions. We are launching a robust professional development series focusing this semester on three challenges – accessibility, inclusivity, and learner autonomy and agency. Representatives from all five institutions will informally address one of these challenges from their perspective as a practitioner or researcher and engage with what we hope to be a stimulating dialog with both their local conversant and the session attendees.
Please join us for this initial series to engage with others on your own campus as well as with colleagues across our institutions.
The series will take place on Zoom from 4:30–5:00 p.m. eastern (3:30–4:00 p.m. central) on select Monday and Thursday afternoons in the fall 2020 semester. The sessions will recorded and shared widely.
University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Language Media Center; University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Language Resource Center; University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Language Center; Michigan State University, Center for Language Teaching Advancement; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Language Institute