CREPUQ Moodle CALL Computer assisted language learning WebCT concordancers videodisk
Roger Kenner has been at the forefront in a number of different areas during his career, beginning in the early 1980s with computer-assisted learning and authoring systems and, now, coming full circle to present modern learning management systems such as WebCT and Moodle. In the interim, he has been invited to speak on topics such as design and management of language labs, interactive video, computer-assisted language learning (CALL), the use of simulations in language learning and the use of concordancers in language learning.
Selon les organisateurs: l'Université Concordia offre à des représentants d'autres établissements une formation pratique sur Moodle, le système en usage à Concordia depuis le début de 2005. La formation sera offerte par monsieur Roger Kenner.
Selon les organisateurs du collogue: Cet atelier permettra aux participants d'avoir une connaissance de base des six grands projets d'ENA actuellement en usage, en développement ou en voie d'adoption dans les universités québécoises, soit Concept@, Sakai, Portail de cours UQTR, Odyssée, Moodle et Claroline.
An overview course to teachers on the use of the WebCT course management system, for the purposes of evaluation and selection.
Un cours d'introduction offert aux enseignants.
An introductory course to teachers on the use of the WebCT course management system.
Un cours d'introduction offert aux techniciens de bibliothèque.
Adapted from Conference Programme: What do the terms lexicogrammatical, collocations, concordancing and corpus mean? How do they reflect changing perceptions of language, materials, and teaching? This workshop introduces concordancing to teachers and curriculum developers.
Has CALL lost its way?
A discussion session which focused on the application of concordancers. Concordance software extracts from a given text all the contexts in which a given word is found, for the purpose of making the underylying grammar and usage readily apparent.
A discussion session which focused on the future directions of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, given all the recent changes in technology, such as the advent of the World-Wide Web.
Selon le programme du congrès: Le «concordancier» est un logiciel qui tire, d'un texte donné, tous les exemples d'un mot ou d'une phrase et présente ces exemples d'une façon à démontrer clairement les variations morphologiques, les regroupements syntactiques et les collocations habituelles, autrement cachés dans l'ensemble du texte. Dans un cours de langue, un tel outil est à la base d'une gamme d'exercices où on appelle les étudiants à découvrir, d'eux-mêmes, les règles et le vocabulaire de la langue cible. La bonne préparation par le professeur est au centre du succès de ce genre d'apprentissage inductif.
An open discussion on how to introduce students to computers in such a way that the subject matter, rather than the computer, remains prominent.
A three-hour presentation providing an overview of the main threads in the application of computers to the field of language teaching.
The art of technology II: The CALL-IS software library hands-on
A ticketed event hosted by Elizabeth Hanson-Smith and including Sheryl Beller-Kenner, Bernard Susser, Deborah Healey, Stanley Pickett and Roger Kenner. Discussion centred on the future directions of the field of Computer-Assisted Language Learning.
CALL Software Applications Fair
A 'hands-on' workshop for novices to the field of CALL. Co-presented with Shery Beller, Claire Bradin, Jim Buell, Deborah Healey, Norm Johnson, Jeff Magoto, Vance Stevens and Robert Wachmann.
A forum for numerous presenters to demonstrate examples of CALL Software (both Mac and IBM platforms] which they found useful in specific teaching applications.
Presentation of the nature of computer concordancers and examples of their use and application to the vocabulary and grammar problems of advanced language learners.
Adapted from Conference Programme: Concordance software actively arranges text in such a way that otherwise hidden patterns of written English become readily apparent. The presenters will demonstrate various ways in which teachers who use this tool can lead students to inductively discover patterns of language in their natural contexts.
Adapted from Conference Programme: This institute is for newcomers to CALL who want hands-on time. After a synopsis of how CALL is integrated into a curriculum, participants will try out different types of software. Participants will also customize some software for their own purposes. Extensive handouts will be provided.)
Also assisted by Geoff Jordan and John McVicker.
Demonstration of the ease with which adventure games could be produced in class, with student content, along with insights into further applications of this material.
Creating and exploiting your own adventures and Interactive fiction
(Adapted from Conference Programme: The use of simulation software achieved recognition as a language learning technique with publication of Jones' (1982) Simulations in Language Teaching. Since then, use of CALL simulations has spread. Presenters will deal with major features of CALL simulations, especially those concerned with key issues like selection/design of simulation materials, classroom implementation, and student assessment. Panel presentation along with Armando Baltra, Douglas Coleman , David Crookall, Phil Hubbard and Rosanne Weeks.
Adapted from Conference Programme: Many teachers would like to create computer-based adventures or have their students do them. Authoring systems require only a word processor and a few simple script commands. Conceiving, planning, and creating a successful adventure will be covered, as well as tips on exploiting "home made" adventures in the language classroom.
Presentation of classroom material developed using an authoring system produced by Roger Kenner.
Workshop presented to teacher-trainers and planners.
Selon le programme du colloque: Design et mise en oeuvre d'un programme d'apprentissage interactif sur système vidéodisque couplé à un ordinateur
Overview of the main trends of the field of CALL, including the use of mini-authoring systems such as Quartext and Storyboard, activies fostering holistic learning and applications of simulations such as Mystery House
Demonstration of a software module created by Roger Kenner for controlling videodisks from within teaching modules written with other software, such as Scenario
Adapted from the Conference Programme: It is recognized that authoring systems provide one of the best mechanisms for facilitating the introduction of computer-assisted language learning into teachers' curricula. This paper will clearly define the term and outline the various sub-categories, contrast related products, and extract the best features of each in terms of 'user-friendliness' and 'productive power'.
Adapted from the Conference Programme: A panel of professionals, each of whom has experience in the production of computer-controlled interactive videodisk packages for language learning, will address a wide range of the fundamental how-and-why questions pertaining to this newly important use of technology.
The panel included JoAnn Crandall, Sandra Fotinos, Allene Grognet and Allan Rowe
Introduction to the main trends of the field of CALL, including the use of mini-authoring systems such as Quartext and Storyboard, activies fostering holistic learning and applications of simulations such as Mystery House
Adapted from the conference programme: This workshop provides teachers with techniques for mastering their language laboratory sessions. The focus is on the 'classroom management' aspects of using the lab rather than its pedagogical utility. Helping students get the most out of their lab experience and tips for avoiding or overcoming equipment failures will be presented.
Adapted from the conference programme: There is no direct relationship between the sophistication of a CALL 'authoring' tool and its ability to be used in the production of 'good' language learning materials. Sound materials can be produced with even the simplest of authoring systems. The presentation describes the various authoring tools available and the types of materials that can be produced with them.
Adpated from the conference programme: This demonstration introduces the widely acclaimed Quartext software programs and illustrates ways to adapt them to the popular Sam series and to exploit them with Sam learners.
Selon le programme du colloque: L'introduction de l'E.A.O comme support aux cours de language comprend non seulement l'organisation des lieux et le choix d'équipement, mais aussi, de façon plus importante et plus difficile, l'acquisition de didacticiels utiles et intéressants. Il y a plusieurs avenues à suivre, dont l'achat de didacticiels, l'adaptation de programmes existants, la création par système-auteur et la programmation originale.
Adpated from the conference programme: In answer analysis algorithms, there is a middle ground between the 'correct/incorrect' or 'missing letter/transposed word' treatments of simple programs and the full grammatical parsing of the input supported by artificial intelligence techniques. This demonstration focuses on programs that provide a sophisticated examination of free, multi-word responses within a known context.
Adapted from the conference programme: A discussion of the problems which must be faced in collecting the body of instructional software required to make a computer-based remedial language program viable.
The panel consisted of Barbara Agor, Irene Dutra, Roger Kenner, Richard Shreck and Steven Shuller. Points of view on various questions were presented and questions from the audience were responded to.
Adpated from the conference programme: The presenter will give an overview of the field, stressing current applications and research which promises to have an impact in the near future. All facets of CALL will be discussed, including the use of the computer as a tutor and exerciser (computer-assisted instruction), as a tool (the use of word-processors and style editors), and as a stimulus to classroom interaction.
Adapted from the Conference Programme: Independent research is being done in many different areas of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). In this colloquium, researchers will present the state of the art in their respective fields. Discussion will focus on the applicability of this research to the current problems of materials and curriculum design in CALL.
The panel included Ronald Faere, Deborah Healey, Donald Loritz, Dana Paramskas and D.J. Saunders.
Adpated from the conference programme: Discussion will deal with the practical problems that authors of CALL materials face in the planning stage in providing for computer analysis of student responses to their material. Programming techniques that can be used to deal with various situations will be presented in layman's terms, so that authors will have an insight into what they can expect computers to to, given current programming expertise.
Adpated from the conference programme: The Language Laboratories of Concordia University provide leadership in the area of computer-assisted language instruction. Using both main frame computer and micorcomputers, the Labs have provided quality CAI materials to students on a wide-area, open-access basis since 1979.
One of the most important aspects of the above service has been a materials-creation protocol by which language instructors can author original material, in consultation with Language Lab CAI experts and following guidelines already established, and have these materials programmed for them.
Presentation of the main frame-based CAI delivery system used by the Language Labs of Concordia University and how it enables free-access to a range of second-language and remedial grammar tutorials on campus or via dial-in modem.
Adpated from the conference programme: Information session based on 'live' demonstrations using slides and handouts. The session focuses on the difference between computer-assisted instruction and computer-managed instruction, the various delivery systems that can be used for CAI and what the computer can and cannot be expected to do in the second language curriculum..
Adapted from the conference programme: Considerations of system development in CAL are different from those of courseware development. At Concordia, the Language Lab's work in CAL has centred on the perfection of the delivery system. Individual lessons and other materials are developed by teachers and graduate students in consultation with Language Lab professionals, who program them. Development has been towards a system which is automatic and fool-proof. Complete computer novices are able, without learning 'computers' or needing computer accounts, to access the learning materials from any computer terminal in the University.