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    2019 Selecting and Adapting Materials for Online Language Learning and Teaching

    • October 8-November 5, 2019
    • Project Lead(s): Ruslan Suvorov
    • Facilitator(s):

      Ellen Hart (Project Advisor), Sarah Boutin (Facilitator), Stephen Tschudi (Staff)

    The October 6 deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting registrations.

    TED-Ed lessons of the webinar sessions are available below.


    Designed for in-service online language teachers, this course, offered in Fall 2019, focuses on selecting and adapting materials for online language learning and teaching. Successful completion of this course will earn a digital badge conferred by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (University of Hawai‘i). Badge earners will be eligible to earn a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) towards maintaining their professional qualifications.

    Registration is FREE.

    LAST DAY TO REGISTER for access to the live webinar series is OCTOBER 6, 2019. Please note that a screencast of these webinar sessions will be recorded and made available as an open educational resource in TED-Ed (see below).

    Webinar Dates

    Oct 8 | Oct 15 | Oct 22 | Oct 29 | Nov 5*

    Tuesdays, 10:00 am-noon (Hawaii Standard Time), 1:00-3:00 pm (Pacific Daylight Time), 2:00-4:00 pm (Mountain Daylight Time), 3:00-5:00 pm (Central Daylight Time), 4:00-6:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

    * The last session (November 5) will take place after Daylight Savings Time ends (November 3). We will keep all mainland times the same as listed above and just shift Hawaii time to 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

    Session Topics


    Working with Open Educational Resources (OERs)

    Presented by Billy Meinke
    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

    Adapting and scaffolding online materials for different proficiency levels

    Presented by Leslie Baldwin
    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

    OCTOBER 15

    Selecting and adapting online materials for the interpretive mode of communication

    Presented by Jesse Gleason
    Southern Connecticut State University

    Selecting and adapting online materials for the interpersonal mode of communication

    Presented by Bobby Hobgood
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    OCTOBER 22

    Selecting and adapting online materials for the presentational mode of communication

    Presented by Ana Oskoz
    University of Maryland Baltimore County

    Selecting and adapting online materials for the teaching of culture

    Presented by Herman Hall
    North Carolina Virtual Public School

    OCTOBER 29

    Helping learners select and adapt online materials to enable self-directed learning

    Presented by Kathryn Murphy-Judy
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Copyrights and Creative Commons licensing

    Presented by Dan Soneson
    University of Minnesota

    NOVEMBER 5 *

    Lesson 9 (78 min.): Best practices in selecting and adapting materials for online language learning and teaching (panel)

              Panel presenters:

    • Katja Anderson (University of Maryland University College)
    • Douglas Canfield (University of Tennessee)
    • Yasuko Rallings (Wake Forest University)
    • Tina Wang-Fulford (North Carolina Virtual Public School)

    Lesson 10 (39 min.): Summary review by the series facilitator as discussant (presentation slides)

              Discussant: Sarah Boutin (North Carolina Virtual Public School)


    Successful completion of this course will earn a digital badge conferred by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (University of Hawai‘i). Badge earners will be eligible to earn a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) towards maintaining their professional qualifications. To earn the badge, registrants must meet the badge criteria (see below)

    Badge criteria

    Digital Badge and CEU Credit Criteria (2019 Cohort)

    Participants who meet the criteria listed below can earn a digital badge and a CEU credit.

    Digital Badge

    The Materials S&A badge certifies that the badge recipient:

    • Learned about materials selection and adaptation in online language courses;

    • Attended at least four (out of five) live webinars;

    • Participated substantively and collegially in discussions and activities during live webinars;

    • Posted responses to discussion prompts in all TED-Ed lessons;

    • Completed a 3-2-1 Reflection for each webinar session.

    Note: See the Q&A section below for instructions on how to complete your required badge tasks.

    CEU Credit 

    Participants who meet all the criteria listed under “Digital Badge” above can be eligible to earn continuing education unit (CEU) credit. In order to earn the CEU credit, one requirement is to fulfill a minimum of 10 contact hours during the class, which means participants have to attend all five webinar sessions (10 hrs) and join discussions and activities during the webinars. Please note each participant is allowed to miss only one session. If you need to miss a whole session or even part of a session, you will be asked to watch the recorded footage of the missed webinar (available in TED-Ed lessons) and complete a Webinar Summary Report.

    If you are from the North Carolina Virtual Public School, you will automatically be considered for CEU credit. If you are from a school OTHER than North Carolina Virtual Public School and you wish to earn CEU credit, please contact Stephen Tschudi at sfleming (at) hawaii dot edu and provide the name, title, and contact info (phone and/or email) of the supervisor who will be responsible for approving/awarding your professional development credit.

    Completion Due Date: November 11, 2019.


    Zoom Webinars

    • How do I access live webinars in Zoom? All webinars can be accessed via the link sent in your registration confirmation email.

    • What topics will be covered during the webinars? The webinar schedule, including the list of topics and presenters, is listed in the aforementioned email as well as on this webpage.

    • What should I do if I have a question about Zoom? Visit the Zoom Help Center for more information.

    TED-Ed Lessons (following live webinars)

    • How do I access the TED-Ed lessons? You will receive email notification with links to each lesson shortly after each live webinar. Please note that TED-Ed lessons are based on the video-recordings of live webinars that first need to be edited before their release, which may take a day or two.

    • How do I participate in TED-Ed lessons? If you don’t have a TED-Ed account, you will first need to create one (click here). After you log into TED-Ed, you should be able to access and complete each lesson.

    Final Project: 3-2-1 Reflection

    • What is the 3-2-1 Reflection? The 3-2-1 Reflection is a brief summary report that you need to complete after each webinar. For each webinar, you need to provide a summary of three things you learned, two things you plan to implement in your class, and one question that you still have.

    • Where can I find the 3-2-1 Reflection and how do I create my own copy? First, go to the Reflection Template, then follow this tutorial to create your own copy.

    • How do I submit my 3-2-1 Reflection? Complete this Google Form to submit a URL to your 3-2-1 Reflection document.

    Other OLP Resources

    Check out materials from our previous Online Language Pedagogy webinar series:

    2017 Assessment in Online Language Courses

    2016 Materials Development for Online Language Courses

    2015 Designing Interaction for Online Language Learning