Connected Learning

Using instructional techniques and digital tools to enhance language and content learning

30 MINUTES OF SYNCHRONOUS CHAT WILL BEGIN AT 12:30PM (MST) TUESDAY OCT. 4 USING THE EMBEDDED TLK.IO WIDGET ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN (PLEASE LOOK FOR THE BLUE BAR TITLED L2DLAZCALL2016).

Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm & Carolin Müller, The Ohio State University

Click the video frame above to view the presentation. To ask the presenters a question about their presentation, please add a comment at the bottom of this page between October 3 and October 8. Presenters will check for and reply to questions each symposium day.

Abstract

Our presentation focuses on ways to promote collaborative L2 language and content learning in a digitally enhanced and globally connected classroom environment.  The presentation consists of two parts.  In the first part, we present the instructional techniques and digital tools that were used in teaching an intermediate/advanced German course on the current influx of migrants and refugees in Germany and the challenges and issues it has brought. The course also focused on the students’ German language development. We will share how digital tools such as Microsoft OneNote and Zoom (online videoconferencing) were used to: enhance collaboration among learners on a shared project; connect OSU learners locally and globally with other learners and experts for online interviews and discussions; integrate learner’s interests in aspects of the subject matter; enhance learner’s research skills and engagement with collected materials and recorded online interviews; improve L2 proficiency; promote intercultural competence, and learn basic rules and etiquette for teleconferencing online.  Here, we will also provide details in regards to teaching techniques, instructions and task-design for students’ online collaborative assignments and the online videoconference meetings with their partners and experts in Germany.  This part will also include instructions that were given to students for the assigned follow-up work with the repository of recorded meetings.

The second part of our presentation focuses on students’ feedback regarding their experience using the digital tools and collaborative project for the course.  An online survey was conducted which included questions eliciting the students’ development of intercultural understanding and competency; strengths and weakness of the application of digital technologies in the language classroom, and the students’ self-assessment of their skill-development. The students concluded an overall positive experience with the variety of digital and print media, and the methods for exchange that were made available to them in and outside of class. The tools of the digitally enhanced and globally connected classroom built on the students’ personal interest and skill-level, enabled them to feel more comfortable in the verbal application and exchange of information on a current political debate, and strengthened their perception of themselves as competent L2 speakers.

Presenters
Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm

Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
The Ohio State University

taleghani-nikazm.1@osu.edu

Carolin Müller

PhD Student, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
The Ohio State University

mueller.377@buckeyemail.osu.edu

3 thoughts on “Connected Learning”

    1. @ Katie,
      We used OneNote for a couple of reasons that had to do with convenience. First, it was available to all our students through the university system which did not require them to sign up for google in order to have access to the materials later on. Secondly, the students were able to view the entire course in this notebook at all times and could comment in textboxes that could be placed anywhere on a pages (e.g. on a text file, Image etc.). There were no restrictions where to put a comment. Also with that we could group students work by color, or use a stylus pen to (literally) hand-write answers on their contribution.
      The informants were chosen by us. I have been involved with projects that work with refugees in Germany in the past and had made contact through that. Carmen contacted former OSU students who were working with refugees in different formats at the time of the seminar. We were able to create a diverse group of interviewees that would provide the students with various perspectives of what was going on on the ground in Germany at this point in time. We were also very happy to show some of the political implications and expose our students to these issues in an interview with Markus Nierth (whose experiences had been widely covered by the media).
      I hope I could answer your questions. Thank you for your interest! We are happy to answer any further questions via the comment section or e-mail.
      Carolin

    2. @Katiaccuba,
      We used OneNote for a couple of reasons that had to do with convenience. First, it was available to all our students through the university system which did not require them to sign up for google in order to have access to the materials later on. Secondly, the students were able to view the entire course in this notebook at all times and could comment in textboxes that could be placed anywhere on a pages (e.g. on a text file, Image etc.). There were no restrictions where to put a comment. Also with that we could group students work by color, or use a stylus pen to (literally) hand-write answers on their contribution.
      The informants were chosen by us. I have been involved with projects that work with refugees in Germany in the past and had made contact through that. Carmen contacted former OSU students who were working with refugees in different formats at the time of the seminar. We were able to create a diverse group of interviewees that would provide the students with various perspectives of what was going on on the ground in Germany at this point in time. We were also very happy to show some of the political implications and expose our students to these issues in an interview with Markus Nierth (whose experiences had been widely covered by the media).
      I hope I could answer your questions. Thank you for your interest! We are happy to answer any further questions via the comment section or e-mail.
      Carolin

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