Distance Teaching and Distance Learning
by Carl Falsgraf, Director, Oregon Chinese Flagship, University of Oregon
Current models of distance learning are predominantly adaptations of face-to-face classroom models. Ensuring the quality of these models and providing empirical evidence that students learn as well or better in the distance environment is essential. At the same time, we must recognize that technical and social changes have brought us to the cusp of a fundamental shift from teacher-centered delivery of instruction to student-centered language learning opportunities. This lecture will address how to maximize the effectiveness of current models while preparing to exploit emerging technologies and approaches in creating new models.