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    Supporting Students in Online Language Learning: Voices of Experience

    • April 22, 2021
    • Project Lead(s): Stephen Tschudi & Naiyi Fincham
    • Facilitator(s): Sarah Boutin (North Carolina Virtual Public School)

    The NFLRC is pleased to announce our 2021 Online Language Pedagogy (OLP) Series: “Supporting Students in Online Language Learning: Voices of Experience.” We interviewed 14 online language teachers, who shared their strategies for successfully engaging and supporting students, and created 10 episodes/TED-Ed lessons on a wide variety of topics from onboarding to assessment to personalized learning.

    Launch Event

    Thursday, April 22

    1:00-2:00pm Hawai‘i time | 4:00-5:00pm Pacific time | 5:00-6:00pm Mountain time | 6:00-7:00pm Central time | 7:00-8:00 pm Eastern time

    Registration deadline: April 21

    To kick off our series, we will have a Launch Event on April 22, where we will screen cast the first episode, have live virtual discussion, and provide more information about the series and earning a digital badge for it.  Launch Event registrants will have first access to the 10 TED-Ed lessons afterwards, before they are released to the general public as OERs.  We encourage you to join us for the fun! 

    The deadline for Launch Event registration (April 21) has passed. However, all the 2021 OLP Series episodes & TED-Ed lessons are now open and available.


    “Supporting Students in Online Language Learning: Voices of Experience” was developed for in-service online language teachers against the background of emergency online instruction during the year of COVID-19. This series of TED-Ed lessons places the experience of longtime online language educators at the service of the profession, focusing on nitty-gritty aspects of supporting student success in online language learning and teaching. Topics include:

    • best practices in onboarding at the outset of a course
    • assessment practices, including self-assessment and peer assessment
    • cultivating strong relationships with your students and building peer communities
    • finding support for students facing challenges
    • keeping students engaged
    • personalizing instruction in mixed groups and helping remedial students

    Educators who watch the entire series of ten videos, complete associated TED-Ed lessons, and submit 3-2-1 Reflections based on each episode can earn a digital badge conferred by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (University of Hawai‘i). Badge earners may be eligible to earn a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) towards maintaining their professional qualifications.

    Other OLP Resources

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

    2019 Selecting and Adapting Materials for Online Language Learning and Teaching

    2017 Assessment in Online Language Courses

    2016 Materials Development for Online Language Courses

    2015 Designing Interaction for Online Language Learning