Planning, designing and teaching an online course in the Italian language and culture
The first part of the workshop will focus on the structure and content of ItalianOnline, an online course in the Italian language and culture developed at Wellesley College, and equivalent to the first three semesters of Italian. ItalianOnline has been widely tested, with very positive results, both at Wellesley College and at MIT as a “blended” course, and entirely online to hundreds of Wellesley College alumnae and students. An agreement between Wellesley College, edX, and the Italian Consulate of Boston will allow for the use of the course in selected high schools, both by teachers in existing Italian courses and by students for independent study; the course is also excellent preparation for the AP exam.
The second part of the workshop will focus on open access materials available for the planning, design and teaching of “blended” modules in any language class.
The workshop will be conducted in English: all faculty are welcome to participate, even if you don’t teach Italian language.
To participate in the hands-on part of the workshop, you will need a laptop or a tablet. You are strongly encouraged to bring a device.
Date: December 11, 2015
Location: Queens Hall 325, 65-21 Main Street (10 minute walk from the main campus)
Register at: https://goo.gl/7S4ZRi
Certificate of attendance will be provided.
Bartalesi-Graf is Lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies at Wellesley College. Her research interests are in Italian language pedagogy and 20th century Italian cultural studies. She is the author of three textbooks at the intermediate and advanced level. Daniela has also developed an Italian online course for the edX Edge platform used fully online and as part of a “blended” course in the Italian language and culture, the first of its kind at Wellesley College.
Laura O’Brien is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Wellesley College, where she is a liaison to humanities and European cultural studies departments. Her professional interests include pedagogies of the digital humanities and instructional design. For the last two years, Laura has been a co-leader of the course team for planning, designing, developing, managing, and supporting Wellesley College MOOCs, and has worked as part of the course team for an innovative language learning course in both online and blended formats.