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Recent Developments in Collaborative Online International Learning, and How They Can Benefit Language Learning Classes

Monday, February 22

Description: Language instructors have long used telecollaboration to augment exposure to authentic content and provide live opportunities for engaging with native speakers. Increasingly over the past fifteen years, new forms of telecollaboration, such as COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning), have attracted learners who were not just, not primarily or even not at all interested in acquiring a second language. That rapid expansion brought with it many innovations and valuable pedagogical reflections. This presentation reviews those recent developments and provides guidance on how new approaches to online international learning can help combat zoom fatigue in language classrooms and strengthen expertise in online language learning during the pandemic.

Discussant: Dan Nolan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of German Studies, Department of World Languages and Cultures, University of Minnesota Duluth

Short Bio: Dr. Nolan teaches at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His work in literary criticism has concentrated on gestures of truthfulness in German and Russian literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. He helped found the Mobile Language Learning Group and is working to facilitate Collaborative Online International Learning development for the University of Minnesota system.

If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu at least three business days in advance.