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Wednesday, February 13 • 11:20am - 12:10pm
Moodle and Language Learning in Rural Nicaragua: A Tool for Hope?

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The session will explore the use of Moodle as a distance language teaching tool for an asynchronous language course in rural Nicaragua. The pilot project will test the platform’s functionality and I hope to share my experiences from start to finish, aware of the largely inequitable dynamics within and between the dominant (English speaking culture) and the Nicaraguan end-user particpants. The project will also try to identify technology-enhanced strategies for student success.  The session will be organized around the following questions: Is this kind of language instruction feasible? What’s at stake? What are the resulting challenges? Is technology a tool for hope or a reinforcement of the status quo? Do even the best of us have assumptions about student success and solidarity?

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Merrianne Couture

Faculty, Dawson College
Merrianne Couture is full-time faculty in the English Department at Dawson College in Montreal. This is her first exploration of Moodle as a distance education tool for teaching language. Her research interests include (self) representation and power in literature, writing across... Read More →

Wednesday February 13, 2013 11:20am - 12:10pm PST
Bayside Room

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