Upcoming LASIG Webinars
Augmented reality for encouraging out-of-class learning
26 January, 8 GTM
Abstract: Augmented Reality (AR) is an increasingly common technology that is starting to be explored for its educational potential. It involves overlaying digital information onto the physical world (for example by using the camera of a mobile phone) and as such provides opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. Because both teachers and students can add information, it has the potential to provide learners with an active role in the learning process. Despite increasing use in science education, the training of medical practitioners and the use of simulations for a range of skills, the application of AR in language education has been limited. In this practical talk, I will briefly review recent developments in this area and look at some of the potential benefits of AR for preparing learners for, and supporting them in their learning beyond the classroom. I will give a few examples of activities that can easily be adopted by teachers without specialised technical skills or experience in this area. l will also consider some issues relating to privacy, security and implementation.
Dr Hayo Reinders (www.innovationsinteaching.org) is Professor of Education at Unitec in New Zealand and TESOL Professor and Director of the doctoral programme at Anaheim University in the USA. Hayo Reiners has published over 20 books and 100 articles in the areas of autonomy, technology, teacher education and out-of-class learning. He edits a book series for Palgrave Macmillan and is editor of the journal Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. He maintains the autonomy bibliography (www.autonomybibliography.org) with over 2,000 references.
Self-access language learning in the web 2.0 era
Date will follow soon.
Abstract: Self-access learning has been an important part of mainstream language learning since the 1970s. For many years, self-access centres provided materials and outside class learning opportunities that would normally be unavailable to students. However, in the digital era, we must examine previous paradigms of self-access learning and consider how we best support learning outside the classroom. In this podcast, I will focus on three questions:
Jo Mynard is an associate professor and the Director of the Self-Access Learning Centre at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. She has an M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland and an Ed.D. in TEFL from the University of Exeter, UK. She has been involved in facilitating self-access language learning since 1996 and is the founding editor of Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal.