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Professional Development

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Access to high-quality, professional development opportunities customized to meet the needs of language instructors is central to the Pathways Project mission. On this page, you’ll find an archive of past professional development events, along with useful resources.

On-Demand Professional Development

Conference Presentations

2021 Foreign Language OER Conference

Presentation Title:
“The value of teams: a tried and true model for OER-enabled pedagogy that elevates students voices”

Presentation Description:
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

Presentation Title:
The Pathways Project Language Teaching Repository: Open Educational Resources (OER) for Your Language Classroom!”

Presentation Description:
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

Presentation Title:
“Practical Ways to Simplify and Systematize Flipped Teaching for Language Learning”

Presentation Description:
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.

Webinars

Getting Started Webinar with Pathways Project Co-Directors

Presentation Title:
“Getting Started with the Pathways Project”

Presentation Description:
We’re pleased to share with you the recording from our April 9th webinar and a link to our “Getting Started” guide below. We hope that this short training and accompanying guide will help you to find activities suited for your language and targeted proficiency level.

2021 Idaho Open Education Week

Presentation Title:
“Students Creating OER Content: The Pathways Project at Boise State”

Presentation Description:
The Pathways Project, an initiative from the Boise State University Department of World Languages, 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. In this student panel, you’ll hear from our OER editor team and learn how they work to support faculty who are creating OER. Additionally, they will discuss how upper-division language students are creating and sharing their own original materials for language instruction. This session may be of interest to language instructors interested in materials for their classrooms and faculty/staff who are interested in promoting student voices and experiences in the creation of OER.

2021 Idaho Open Education Week

Presentation Title:
“Reworking OER to Fit Our Students’ Needs with Becca Sibrian”

Presentation Description:
Becca Sibrian has been using an OER text for first year German developed by COERLL (Center for Open Educational Resources in Language Learning) based at UT in Austin. The text is web-based text, and completely free for students and faculty to use. But in order to make this work better for her classroom, she decided to rework some of the materials and create her own text. The licensing for this text allowed Becca’s team to take material from that work and rework it for their purposes. Becca and her partner, Franziska Borders, have completed the grammar portion and will be working with content portions over summer 2021. This discussion will include: how the team started on this process, an introduction of the original resource, the process they undertook, how they use it in their courses, and the platforms used to create it (Pressbooks and H5P).

Boise State OER Lunch & Learn Series

Pathways Project co-directors Kelly Arispe and Amber Hoye hosted a showcase of the Pathways Project on September 24th for the Boise State community and others interested in learning more about the work being done at Boise State.

View “Pathways Project Showcase” Webinar Recording
(Closed Captioned)

Webinar Description:
The Pathways Project hosts a collection of over 450 classroom activities across 10 different languages, all collaboratively created by Idaho world language students and teachers. In this workshop, we’ll explore how we’ve used OER Commons to host these ancillary materials, our partnership with world language students and teachers, and share some lessons we’ve learned along the way!  Participants will gain an understanding of the features of OER Commons, ideas for co-creating with students, and an understanding of resources available to K-16 language instructors.

Center for Open Education Resources for Language Learning (COERLL) OER Hangout

Presentation Title:
“Creating OER with Students”

Presentation Description:
In this discussion-based webinar, you will hear about two teams who have created open educational resources (OER) with their students.

Information about presenters and their work:
Kelly Arispe and Amber Hoye lead the Boise State University Department of World Languages’ Pathways OER Language Teaching Repository, an open collection of instructional materials and professional development created by and uniquely for Idaho’s K-16 language teachers and students. Participating teachers and students come from different fields of study to create open digital activities that support the teaching and learning of foreign languages and promote intercultural competence.

Kathryn Murphy-Judy is part of a team of faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University who have developed an open, connected platform (here’s the French example) where 202 students curate – search, select, and share – authentic materials online and discuss their work in virtual exchanges with native speakers. Upper-level students help triage and scaffold the best curations into online interactive modules, with an eventual goal of integrating the materials into a a series of open textbooks.

 Learn More about COERLL

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