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Language Collaboratory


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.


Please join us for the Spring 2021 series "Striking a Balance in Remote Language Teaching and Learning: Promoting Instructor and Student Well-Being"

The Language Collaboratory’s spring series aims at furthering conversations that help uncover the complexities of striking a balance on the professional, academic, and personal goals to achieve the well-being of instructors and students of languages. What are the major challenges in promoting our own and our students’ well-being in the context of remote instruction and the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic? As language instructors, what are concrete steps that we might take to better care for ourselves and our students?

Individual sessions in the series might address topics such as:

  • Work-life balanceIssues of equity in access to technology or to functional spaces to teach and to learn
  • Balancing academic rigor with flexibility in language courses
  • Balancing ethical considerations with compassionate approaches to assessment
  • Facilitating meaningful interactions in remote language courses and in co-curricular programming
  • New models for student (dis)engagement

The series will take place on Zoom for 30 minutes with additional 15 minutes of optional discussion for those who are interested. Sessions will be on select Mondays and Thursdays at 3:30-4:00 (4:15) pm central, 4:30-5:00 (5:15) pm eastern. 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