CARLA Saturday Workshop Series: Building on Online Teaching Experience

Most teachers now have some experience with teaching online, but many are looking for ways to build on current knowledge to improve their online courses. The TTLO Live! topics are drawn from the popular summer asynchronous CARLA institute Transitioning to Teaching Language Online (TTLO) and are reconfigured to be presented live in a series of five 90-minute online workshops. All sessions address applications for both synchronous and asynchronous delivery formats and are taught by the instructors of the TTLO summer institute.

Cost: Each workshop costs $15; choose one or two, or come to all five and pay only $60!
Note: LCTL instructors have the opportunity to have their registration fee reimbursed by the National Resource Center at the University of Minnesota.

See information below or learn more about the series online.

Moving from Good to GREAT: Tips to Improve Online Teaching and Course Design

Saturday, January 23, 2021 • 9:00–10:30 a.m. (Central Time)

What teaching effectiveness tips and aspects of course design could be incorporated to make a good online course even better? Explore a variety of national and institutional guidelines and checklists to evaluate—and improve—online teaching practice and the design of online courses for language learning in this hands-on workshop.
Presenter: Marlene Johnshoy, TTLO Program Director, CARLA, University of Minnesota

Teacher Online Presence Strategies (TOPS)
Saturday, January 30, 2021 • 9:00–10:30 a.m. (Central Time)
How can teachers improve student motivation when so many feel isolated online? In this workshop, teachers will explore TOPS—simple, effective strategies to create a sense of human connection in the virtual classroom.
Presenter: Claudine Boucaud, ELL Coordinator & IB English Language Acquisition, Tian Yue International School, Beijing, China

All Are Welcome in Language Class: UDL from Principles to Practice

Saturday, January 30, 2021 • 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Engage in discussion about the basic Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and how they can be included in the language classroom. Participants will have hands-on practice to adopt some of the UDL practices in course activities and curriculum development.
Presenter: Ritu Jayakar, Adjunct Lecturer of Hindi, Asian Studies Department, Penn State University

Assessment and Feedback in the Virtual Classroom

Saturday, February 6, 2021 • 9:00–10:30 a.m. (Central Time)

Teachers will learn about how assessment and feedback can be more effective in an online classroom.  Discuss strategies and best practices, analyze examples, use the opportunity to plan and create samples of assessments, and experience some strategies for feedback.
Presenter: Frances Matos, Language Education Consultant; former Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Minnesota

You Don’t Always Have to Pay for What You Get: Easy Tools to Engage Students

Saturday, February 6, 2021 • 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Discover free or inexpensive web tools to engage students – easy enough to use on Monday! There will be examples for each tool, and time to try out a few and get feedback from the group about new activity ideas. NOTE: attendees should be comfortable jumping in and learning new applications on their own.
Presenter: Leslie Plyler, Online French teacher, Virtual Iredell-Statesville Schools, Statesville, NC

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