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Title: Leveraging Technology into Student Outcomes


1
Leveraging Technology into Student Outcomes
  • Possibilities for responding to student needs,
    departmental visions, and institutional demands
  • Wendy Freeman, Director CSL
  • November 2010
  • University of Notre Dame
  • http//lang.rice.edu/freeman/NotreDame.pptx

2
Questions we are facing
  • From my position as an administrator
  • As business models of productivity are applied
    to educational institutions, how can faculty,
    department chairs and administrators quantify
    success in teaching? We want to maintain and
    attract more funding, improve outcomes and
    visibility.

3
  • From my position as an instructor
  • How can we engage students in critical thinking
    with technology?
  • How can we bring them to speculate on their own
    positions as past, present, future and virtual
    language learners?

4
What is the CSL?
  • 12 languages, 28 faculty, 1000 students per
    semester
  • CSL 1st, 2nd, 3rd year language courses and
    languages for special purposes
  • Rice has no language requirement
  • 1st year courses 5 credits, meet 3 x week, 2
    credit hours via technology, other activities
  • 2nd year courses 4 credits, meet 3 x week, 1
    credit hour via technology, other activities

5
CSL Enrollments 2007-2009 CSL Enrollments 2007-2009 CSL Enrollments 2007-2009 CSL Enrollments 2007-2009

Language Spring 07 Fall 07 Spring 08 Fall 08 Spring 09 Fall 09

Arabic 31 40 30 44 29 33
Chinese 160 155 148 159 158 156
French 137 131 129 122 141 145
German 41 71 40 74 51 79
Hebrew 7 12 8 9 7 0
Hindi 32 30 34 44 40 34
Italian 30 64 31 79 42 52
Japanese 29 36 32 49 28 57
Korean 33 27 30 22 49 29
Portuguese 24 32 21 20 29 25
Russian 14 34 33 35 23 37
Spanish 388 390 372 398 372 408
TOTAL 926 1022 908 1055 969 1055
6
Mission
  • Educate students to be linguistically and
    culturally equipped to communicate successfully
  • Develop language teaching and promote language
    learning.
  • Integrate new technologies and the current
    national standards for foreign language education
    into curricula.

7
Projects in Collaboration with the Rice Office of
Institutional Effectiveness
  • Review and refine learning assessments, with
    actual outcomes, across languages and levels
    (pilot program with Physics department started
    fall 2010)

8
Implications and Considerations
  • Form committee, representative of the different
    languages, to establish consistent and coherent
    set of processes and practices to embed in the
    curriculum why?
  • Different practices across languages from an
    administrative point of view, problematic to
    manage.

9
CSL-initiated Projects
  • Certificate of Language Proficiency

10
Issues
  • Identify, assess, sustain and produce evidence of
    our practices in effort to
  • Comply and surpass SACS standards (Southern
    Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • Advance our V2C mission to enhance the university
    (Rice Vision for the Second Century)
  • Provide students with evidence of their
    proficiency in another language.

11
Implications and Considerations
  • CSL assessment should explicitly contribute to
    the Rice Undergraduate Learning Goals and
    furthering of V2C.
  • Documentation is key
  • Appreciation of global culture, politics and
    history, met by course projects such as
    videoconferencing sessions with Mexico, France
    and China, or in a study abroad context.

12
  • Issues and implications led to development of an
    assessment matrix for the CSL to
  • Identify, assess, sustain and produce evidence
    of our practices in synthetic format

13
Whats included?
  • Faculty evaluations by students (available to all
    Rice ID holders)
  • Classroom observations via on-line video
  • OPI Certifications
  • Summary of technology used need to develop
    better assessment criteria what are best
    practices, question we need to ask continuously

14
Other data
  • Review cycle of on-line proficiency tests
  • Regularly scheduled students surveys
  • Professional development program
  • Pool of OPI certified instructors

15
Data new to matrix spring 2011
  • Tracking begins to compare 1st to 3rd year
    digital portfolios (currently reviewing number
    and what artifacts to include)
  • Tracking begins to compare on-line entry
    exit proficiency tests ( all 4 skills)
  • Goal is to better evaluate student progress and
    language program in manner more consistent with
    delivery.

16
Lets ask the question again
  • As business models of productivity are applied
    to educational institutions, how can faculty and
    administrators quantify success in the use of
    technology for language learning.
  • Hot topic as budgets face cuts due to economic
    downturn staying current and safe with
    technology does have a cost.

17
Language Resource Center (LRC) CSL Technology
Division
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Mission
  • Provide a wide range of technological resources
    to enhance and promote the study of foreign
    language, literature, and culture at Rice
    University for the Asian Studies, CSL, Classical
    Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic
    Studies, and Religious Studies.

19
LRC Staff
  • Director
  • Manager (students, staff, purchases, licenses,)
  • Language Technology Consultant, Faculty
    Development Lab
  • Systems Administrator/Developer (servers and
    ExTemplate)
  • Junior Systems Administrator (computers, server
    administration, backups, backup for Systems
    Administrator)

20
How its done
  • Selecting and implementing technologies for
    language credits earned outside classroom.
  • Providing about 250 class orientations per
    semester
  • Developing, supporting, and maintaining
    technologies for language assessment (placement,
    OPIs, quizzes, midterms, finals)
  • Enhancing and reinforcing language learning
    outside of the classroom
  • Assessing efficacy of use of technology for
    language learning via action research
  • Providing opportunities for students to meet
    on-line with native speakers

21
What is supported
  • 2 computer labs, 1 Faculty Development Lab and
    recording studio
  • 12 servers in LRC, 2 back up servers in Primary
    Data Center (off campus) with large storage
    system
  • Collection of 3,500 films most on DVDs 500
    feature films put on-line each semester
  • 60 foreign language software programs
  • On-line collection of audio/video for language
    courses
  • On-line assessment tools ExTemplate,
    E-portfolios, Wikis, BBS and Blogs
  • Testing administration
  • Video production
  • Web server for faculty webpages

22
  • LRC Servers Web, Media server, Wimba,
    applications, SQL, Cold Fusion, Apache, PHP
    MySQL

23
  • Voice Boards

24
  • Multimedia Video and Recording Tool

25
  • Digital Story Telling
  • Using pictures, audio recordings, music and
    texts, students tell brief stories to the world
    in the language they are studying
  • Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, and Spanish
  • http//lang.rice.edu/bartlett/stories/index.html

26
  • Use of On-line Communicative/collaborative Tools,
    Web 2.0
  • Wiki
  • Blogs/Podcasting
  • Voice Board
  • Skype

27
Blog, Hindi 202
28
  • Videoconferences with Students in other countries
  • China, Xianning University, Hubei
  • France, INSA, Lyon
  • Mexico, Monterrey Tecnológico

29
  • Rice Skype Session with China

30
  • Skype Session with Monterrey Tecnológico, Mexico

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  • Scientific and Commercial
  • Spanish Digital Portfolios
  • José J. Salazar

33
  • Criteria Associated with Technology
  • for
  • Accreditation Matrix

34
Professional Development
  • Faculty workshops, 5 per semester
  • Two-week Faculty Summer Technology Workshop with
    stipend
  • Technology Luncheons, showcase of best faculty
    projects

35
Budget funding history

Collect data about funding history over as many years as you can
36
Server Statistics
37
Statistics Comparing Language Technologies with
other Technologies Used on Campus (Rice Students
Digital Habits, 829 responses)
38
Collect Data from Course Management systems
  • Number of faculty using CMS
  • Percentage of language faculty using CMS vs.
    other of faculty on campus
  • Data Collected from Rice Sakai
  • http//edtech.rice.edu/cms/index.php?optioncom_c
    ontenttaskviewid35

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Number of exams, exercises submitted
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Extemplate
  • On-line Proficiency TestingUsed for
    Accreditation Reports 2000 Present
  • Test via ExTemplate, Rice language learning
    assessment tool
  • Assess speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • All levels of proficiency Novice, Intermediate,
    Advanced and Superior
  • Tests reviewed by ACTFL and approved as following
    proficiency guidelines
  • ExTemplate

41
Sample results
42
Sample results
43
Surveys
  • Using surveys to assess the use of technology in
    language learning
  • Software programs SurveyMonkey (free or
    commercial version), Inquisite, SnapSurvey,
    PollDaddy (free), etc
  • Rice Example (SurveyMonkey.com)

44
Showcase Faculty Projects
  • Summer Workshop 2010

45
Past Projects
  • http//lang.rice.edu/CSLShowcase/

46
Student Performance
  • Student On-line Audio Video Projects

47
Other Student Projects
  • In-Country Students Produced Cultural
    Documentaries
  • Kalliste, Almería, Lijiang

48
In sum, document, document, document
  • International Exchanges and Special Events
  • Real Player required to view links to audio/video
    files below
  • Skype exchange with Xianning College (video and
    pictures)
  • Skype exchange with Monterrey Technologico
    Instituto (video )
  • Skype exchange with Monterrey, Skype video
    recording
  • Surveys Skype session Rice students, Monterrey
    students

49
Conclusion Quantifying Success?
  • Vision and goals clearly stated
  • Collection of data
  • History
  • Tests results, external and internal
  • Portfolios (students and faculty)
  • Enrollment
  • Accountability
  • Surveys and reflections
  • Success stories and anecdotes
  • Research?

50
Final thoughts
  • Today more than ever, now that funding is
    becoming very competitive, how can language
    learning technology facilitate student learning
    AND accreditation process at other institutions?

51
  • Thank you
  • merci
  • ??
  • danke
  • gracias
  • ????
  • ?????
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