2021 Foreign Language OER Conference
“The value of teams: a tried and true model for OER-enabled pedagogy that elevates students voices”
The Pathways Project uses an OER-enabled pedagogy framework (Wiley, et.al, 2017) and comprises a community of K-16 world language instructors, staff and an interdisciplinary mix of university students who create ancillary, classroom-ready materials that are performance-based and target interpersonal speaking and interpretive listening. The Pathways Project is now in its third year and we have over 600 materials in our database. In this presentation, we will explain our model and, specifically, how we recruit and supervise student involvement as well as encourage faculty engagement. We will discuss the barriers we’ve encountered and how, after four cycles of supervising student-faculty lead teams, we’ve developed a system that elevates diversity, interdisciplinarity, teacher autonomy, and efficiency. A consistent concern amongst language faculty is maintaining a high level of quality and accuracy in materials created by language students. We’ll discuss our approach to addressing those concerns through our model that allows language majors, pre-service language teachers and even language minors to participate in a meaningful way. We will conclude our presentation by sharing our next steps to focus on and augment redistribution (a well-documented challenge in OER-enabled pedagogy) so that K-16 language teachers are empowered to grow in their teaching autonomy and the database continues to grow in order to reflect the diversity of its users.
2021 Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages (PNCFL) Virtual Conference
“The Pathways Project Language Teaching Repository: Open Educational Resources (OER) for Your Language Classroom!”
The Pathways Project, an initiative from the Department of World Languages at Boise State University, is an open and collaborative network of 600+ “classroom-ready” instructional materials and professional development created by and uniquely for Idaho’s K-16 language teachers and students (and beyond!) In this presentation, we will walk you through how to access and download our free language teaching materials. In addition, we’ll showcase a selection of student-created materials and discuss how upper-division students are developing and sharing their own original materials for language instruction, promoting recruitment and retention amongst language students.
2020 National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) Virtual Summit
“Practical Ways to Simplify and Systematize Flipped Teaching for Language Learning”
This session will provide an abbreviated version of the online course Technology-Enhanced Language Learning. Participants will be introduced to the main concepts of the class and will learn the three key ”golden rules” for transitioning to teaching languages in a post-COVID world. This practical and hopeful session will help assuage any anxieties about the start of school in fall 2020.