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Connect Your Students With Native Speakers Today, Todd Bryant Jul 2016

Connect Your Students With Native Speakers Today, Todd Bryant

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There has been extensive research on the effectiveness of language exchanges, also referred to as “telecollaboration”, “tandem learning” or “Virtual Immersion”, as a method to promote cross-cultural awareness and language development (Belz, 2002; Thorne, 2006; Ware, 2008). Technical advances have made communicating with others around the world via text, voice and video for free extremely common as well. Skype, the largest voice over IP service, reached one third of all international phone traffic in 2012 and continues to grow at the expense of traditional carriers. Despite these advances, classes that integrate real-time communication with native speakers are still clearly more ...


Bringing The Social Back To Moocs, Todd Bryant Jun 2015

Bringing The Social Back To Moocs, Todd Bryant

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Various existing learning environments could scale to MOOC size and benefit learners by adding the social elements now missing, from citizen science to simulations, games, virtual reality, and augmented reality.

While those of us in instructional technology are familiar with the rise and fall of "disruptive" and "revolutionary" technologies in education, the amount of coverage from the popular media has made this Gardner hype cycle path appear particularly extreme. Initially we heard the overblown promises of MOOCs providing elite university educations for free. Then followed the high-profile failures, including the San Jose experiment of replacing entry-level courses with MOOCs and ...


The Mixxer, Todd Bryant Oct 2013

The Mixxer, Todd Bryant

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Key Takeaways

  • Modern languages and global education are strengths of Dickinson College, making new and more effective tools for teaching language of vital interest to the faculty.
  • To provide verbal interaction between students on campus and students in classes in other countries, the college created the Mixxer, a social networking site for language learners interested in chatting via Skype.
  • Roughly 600 U.S. institutions have at least one user with an e-mail address on the Mixxer site, demonstrating the program's successful and widespread adoption in language departments whose faculty value its support of verbal communication between students.

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The Mixxer: Connecting Students With Native Speakers Via Skype, Todd Bryant Jan 2013

The Mixxer: Connecting Students With Native Speakers Via Skype, Todd Bryant

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The Mixxer was created at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, USA as a way to connect language students with native speakers as part of a mutual language exchange. The site began as a potential solution for one instructor who had difficulty finding a reliable class-to-class partnership for her Japanese course and has since grown to include over 100,000 users representing more than 100 languages and is used by a number of academic and government institutions around the world. Built using Drupal and integrated with Skype, the site allows for individuals and instructors to connect in a variety of ways including ...


Augmented Reality And Geotagging In Japan, Ryan Burke, Todd Bryant Mar 2011

Augmented Reality And Geotagging In Japan, Ryan Burke, Todd Bryant

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Key Takeaways

  • Mobile technology offers the ability to combine immediate access to information and location through augmented reality and geotagging.
  • Dickinson College students in a summer study-abroad program partnered with students from Nanzan University and became engaged in the local community, sharing their thoughts and photos on the Dickinson blog.
  • GPS cameras helped students document their daily life and group excursions, creating points of interest in Layar, an augmented reality platform, by geotagging locations.
  • Having the blog, with embedded images and maps, as the centerpiece of the project worked very well, and the approach will serve as a template for ...


The Mixxer Language Exchange Community, Todd Bryant May 2010

The Mixxer Language Exchange Community, Todd Bryant

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The Mixxer is a social networking site designed for language learners. Dickinson College places a heavy emphasis on international education, its study abroad programs, and foreign languages. The Mixxer allows us to create real world language use in our classrooms with native speakers using Skype. The site has many of the same functionalities as Facebook with blogs, friend requests, and a messaging system; however, what makes it different is that users search for potential language partners based on their native language and the language they are studying. When they find a potential partner, they send a message proposing times to ...


Social Software In Academia, Todd Bryant Apr 2006

Social Software In Academia, Todd Bryant

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Still new on campus, social software tools can support students and staff beyond the classroom, reaching around the world for learning and communication.

Considerable buzz has appeared on the Internet over a group of new tools labeled social software. These tools can expand discussion beyond the classroom and provide new ways for students to collaborate and communicate within their class or around the world. Dickinson College has implemented two of the best known tools, the wiki and the blog, in conjunction with voice over IP (VolP) communication and social networking tools.