1 April 2015: Virtually Enhanced Language Teaching

Presenter: Scott Grant (Monash University, Australia)

Hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, RMIT University and Dr Mathew Hillier, University of Queensland, Australia starting 07:00AM UTC/GMT. Duration 1 Hour.

Two key challenges faced by Australians in the present century are technology and foreign languages. Technology in general, and communications technology particularly , is becoming increasingly pervasive in all aspects of our lives. The challenge we face is how to best use technology to value add to the student learning experience and learning outcomes with an eye to increasing our competitiveness in the global market. Likewise, the need for skills in languages other than English is becoming more pressing as neighbouring economies come to play an increasingly important part in Australia’s future prosperity. Mobilising technology to enhance language learning is at the heart of Virtually Enhanced Languages (VEL). Funded by the Australian Federal Government Office for Learning and Teaching, VEL builds on five years of experience using online 3D multiuser virtual environments (MUVEs) to enhance tertiary level Chinese language and culture learning. The project aims to reduce barriers to entry for educators interested in 3D MUVEs and task-based language learning by providing free, shareable resources, both pedagogical and technical, developed over the last five years and to develop a community of practice to foster ongoing development and sharing of resources and experience.

The session covered both the background and goals of the VEL project and included a live demonstration of the 3DMUVE environment.

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