Bridging the Digital Gap Through Standards & Technology
Goal #3: Understanding distance learning environments
Our third goal is to prepare the teachers to become confident and competent users of distance learning formats of course delivery. As with other less commonly taught languages, maintaining Russian language programs is becoming more challenging in times of budget cuts. Embracing distance learning may become a vital necessity for many Russian programs across the U.S. We will prepare the participants to respond to this challenge in creative yet practical and straightforward ways. The participants will experience distance learning first-hand. They will watch and discuss video lectures and podcasts, work with online tutorials, and engage in synchronous and asynchronous communication. The combination of instructor-delivered theoretical training and hands-on individual experiences will best prepare our participants to embrace the advantages and bravely face the challenges of online distance learning.