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FRLN & SPAN 551-DL: Online & Ubiquitous Foreign Language Learning/Teaching Prof.

Román-Mendoza
Spring 2018 (703) 993-1232
Office located at AQ 329 eromanme@gmu.edu
Online Office Hours R 1:30-2:30PM and by appointment Skype: e.roman.mendoza
Twitter Hashtag for this course: #551sp18 Twitter: @eromanme

Contents
Course Description...................................................................................................................................... 2
Learning Outcomes ..................................................................................................................................... 2
Course Materials ......................................................................................................................................... 2
Hardware ..................................................................................................................................................... 2
Software and Online Services ..................................................................................................................... 2
Grading ....................................................................................................................................................... 3
Course Components .................................................................................................................................... 3
Readings and Discussions (Analysis and Critical Skills) ....................................................................... 3
Journal and Practice (Application and Reflection) ................................................................................. 3
Collaborative Activities (Teamwork) ..................................................................................................... 4
Final Project (Creation)........................................................................................................................... 4
Student Expectations................................................................................................................................... 4
Academic Integrity.................................................................................................................................. 4
Honor Code ............................................................................................................................................. 4
MasonLive/Email (GMU Email) ............................................................................................................ 4
Patriot Pass .............................................................................................................................................. 4
University Policies .................................................................................................................................. 4
Responsible Use of Computing .............................................................................................................. 4
University Calendar ................................................................................................................................ 4
Students with Disabilities ....................................................................................................................... 5
Student Services .......................................................................................................................................... 5
University Libraries ................................................................................................................................ 5
Writing Center ........................................................................................................................................ 5
Counseling and Psychological Services.................................................................................................. 5
FRLN 551 / SPAN 551- SPRING 2018 – Schedule ................................................................................... 6

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
FRLN/SPAN 551 has been designed for students who want to learn about the different uses of online learning
technologies in their present and future careers as researchers and teachers. FRLN/SPAN 551 covers both
theoretical and practical issues, with a special emphasis on social media and its possibilities as an educational
tool. The course is open to both beginners and advanced computer users. The course will be taught online in
English and Spanish. To maximize learning opportunities, we will use different online platforms and tools,
including Blackboard, Wikispaces, Google Drive and Twitter.

As a distance learning course, FRLN/SPAN 551-DL requires students to do all course work on their own
following the guidance provided by your instructor. Questions about logistics will be discussed in group on
Blackboard (Help/Ayuda) forums and individually via other online communication tools. Online learning requires
as much work as learning in the class. More importantly, it requires a series of attitudes and skills such as
discipline, curiosity, initiative, responsibility, respect, flexibility, patience, resilience, good humor, creativity and
thoughtfulness. Do not hesitate to ask for help or further directions when needed. Our class is a learning
community in which we all can learn from each other.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
 Understanding of the affordances of online learning technologies.
 Evaluation of online learning technologies in specific contexts and for specific purposes.
 Creation of online learning materials to be implemented at various levels and for different language skills
in foreign language curricula, including language, culture and literature courses.
 Understanding of how to use online technologies for research and professional development.
 Evaluation of security, netiquette, authorship and privacy challenges posed by online technologies.
 Development of a collaborative and critical attitude towards the discipline.
 Becoming an independent learner.

COURSE MATERIALS
All readings will be made available on the Blackboard website. Students registered in FRLN will read
materials in English and submit their coursework in English. Students registered in SPAN will read
materials in Spanish (for the most part), and submit their coursework in Spanish. Every week a new
module will open in Blackboard with all materials, assignment descriptions, guidelines and rubrics
pertaining to that week. Discussions will take place in Blackboard. Other activities will be carried out on
the wikispace or on any other platform as needed.

HARDWARE
You will need access to a Windows or Macintosh computer with at least 2 GB of RAM and to a fast, reliable
broadband Internet connection (e.g., cable, DSL). For optimum visibility of course material, the recommended
computer monitor and laptop screen size is 13-inches or larger. You will need computer speakers or headphones
to listen to recorded content. A headset microphone is recommended for live audio sessions using course tools
like Blackboard Collaborate. For the amount of computer hard disk space required to take an online course,
consider and allow for the space needed to: 1) install the required and recommended software and, 2) save your
course assignments. For hardware and software purchases, visit Patriot Tech (https://patriottech.gmu.edu).

SOFTWARE AND ONLINE SERVICES


 Web browser (See Blackboard Support for supported web browsers)
 Blackboard Courses (Log into https://mymasonportal.gmu.edu and select the Courses Tab)
 Blackboard Collaborate (select from the course menu)
 Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download)
 Flash Player (free download)
 Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (now free for all active Mason students), or any other word processor
 Skype (http://www.skype.com/en/)
 Twitter (https://twitter.com/). Tutorial available at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBDYYGER5iM&t=4s

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 Wikispaces (http://languagelearningtechnology551.wikispaces.com). Tutorial available at
http://www.wikispaces.com/content/wiki-tour
 Zotero (https://www.zotero.org/). Tutorials and courses available at Fenwick Library,
https://library.gmu.edu/tutorials
 Google Drive (https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive).
 Google Classroom (https://classroom.google.com)

Note: If you are using an employer-provided computer or corporate office for class attendance, please verify with
your systems administrators that you will be able to install the necessary applications and that system or corporate
firewalls do not block access to any sites or media types.

GRADING
The final grade will be computed as follows:

Readings and discussions 20%


Journal and Practice 30%
Collaborative Activities 20%
Final Project (Proposal 20%; Final version 60%; 2 Reviews 20%) 30%

The final letter grade for the class will be assigned as follows:

95+ A+ 87-89 B+ 70-79 C


95-93 A 83-86 B 0-69 F
90-92 A- 80-82 B-

COURSE COMPONENTS

Readings and Discussions (Analysis and Critical Skills)


For every course topic, students will have to participate in one online discussion on Blackboard. Depending on the
issue, discussion groups will be created. All readings and discussions, including the forums Help (for FRLN) or
Ayuda (for SPAN) will be hosted on Blackboard. Students are encouraged to answer questions in the Help/Ayuda
forums.

This course component will help you recognize, define, describe and explain main issues related to the
implementation of language learning technologies. You will also learn to provide evidence for your arguments
and communicate via online with an audience who has similar interests and goals as yours.

Journal and Practice (Application and Reflection)


Students will keep an online journal on Wikispaces in which they will keep track of their progress in the course.
Entries can relate to the final project, to specific activities, to any of the collaborative components of this course.
Ideally, students will use this journal as a way to track their involvement with the course subjects, including their
expectations, frustrations, achievements, etc. There is no minimum length required for the entries but I expect that
students will include one entry per week. Wikispaces address: https://wikispaces.com/join/9PQQ4CT Join using
code: 9PQQ4CT.

Practical activities will provide the opportunity to use specific tools, apps or services with the help of tutorials and
best practices. A list of different options will be provided every week. Students will decide which one they want
to try depending on their technological skills and/or specific needs.

This course component will help you apply the theory to specific language learning challenges. Some practical
activities will focus on other important topics such as your professional digital identity and online ethics. You
will also develop autonomous learning skills by learning how to identify and use online tutorials. The journal
will contribute to your learning by giving you the opportunity to reflect on your achievements.

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Collaborative Activities (Teamwork)
Internet is nowadays an immense scenario in which every user can become an active agent. Language learners are
often encouraged to collaborate with each other and with online speakers of the language they are learning.
Unfortunately, teachers do not always provide them with sound models of collaboration. By compiling a
collaborative bibliography (at least one entry per course topic), following Twitter users (recommendations will
be provided) and using the course hashtag (#551sp18) and adding a total five entries to our repository of
language learning technologies, students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate and strengthen professional
ties.

The collaborative bibliography, the twitter project and the repository of language learning technologies, in
addition to some of the activities included in the previous course component, are aimed to help you collaborate
with each other and with professionals throughout the world, building a learning community that will last
beyond the time limits of this course.

Final Project (Creation)


Students are asked to create a lesson unit using a range of language learning technologies. I will help you develop
your proposal, which is due by March 22. Final projects will be posted online by May 2nd. Each student will
submit two peer reviews by May 9th. More information will be distributed via Blackboard.

The final project will help you apply theory and practice to a specific language learning environment in a
creative way. You will also develop your assessment skills by writing two short reviews.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

Academic Integrity
Students must be responsible for their own work, and students and faculty must take on the responsibility of
dealing explicitly with violations. The tenet must be a foundation of our university culture. [See
https://oai.gmu.edu/mason-honor-code/].

Honor Code
Students must adhere to the guidelines of the George Mason University Honor Code [See
https://oai.gmu.edu/mason-honor-code/full-honor-code-document].

MasonLive/Email (GMU Email)


Students are responsible for the content of university communications sent to their George Mason University
email account and are required to activate their account and check it regularly. All communication from the
university, college, school, and program will be sent to students solely through their Mason email account. [See
https://masonlivelogin.gmu.edu/login].

Patriot Pass
Once you sign up for your Patriot Pass, your passwords will be synchronized, and you will use your Patriot Pass
username and password to log in to the following systems: Blackboard, University Libraries, MasonLive,
myMason, Patriot Web, Virtual Computing Lab, and WEMS. [See https://password.gmu.edu/index.jsp].

University Policies
Students must follow the university policies. [See http://universitypolicy.gmu.edu and http://catalog.gmu.edu].

Responsible Use of Computing


Students must follow the university policy for Responsible Use of Computing. [See
http://universitypolicy.gmu.edu/policies/responsible-use-of-computing/].

University Calendar
Check the GMU calendar at http://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/.

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Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who seek accommodations in a course must be registered with the George Mason
University Office of Disability Services (ODS) and inform their instructor, in writing, at the beginning of the
semester [See http://ods.gmu.edu].

Students are expected to follow courteous Internet etiquette.

STUDENT SERVICES
University Libraries
University Libraries provides resources for distance students. [See http://library.gmu.edu/distance].

Writing Center
The George Mason University Writing Center staff provides a variety of resources and services (e.g., tutoring,
workshops, writing guides, handbooks) intended to support students as they work to construct and share
knowledge through writing. [See http://writingcenter.gmu.edu]. You can now sign up for an Online Writing Lab
(OWL) session just like you sign up for a face-to-face session in the Writing Center, which means YOU set the
date and time of the appointment! Learn more about the Online Writing Lab (OWL) (found under Online
Tutoring). Luz is a bilingual tutor who can help you with your Spanish.

Counseling and Psychological Services


The George Mason University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff consists of professional
counseling and clinical psychologists, social workers, and counselors who offer a wide range of services (e.g.,
individual and group counseling, workshops and outreach programs) to enhance students' personal experience and
academic performance [See https://caps.gmu.edu/].

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FRLN 551 / SPAN 551- SPRING 2018 – SCHEDULE
A selection of assignments for this class may be used for a self-study research project that the instructor is conducting about her teaching practices. Thanks for your cooperation.

ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL SKILLS APPLICATION REFLECTION TEAMWORK CREATION


Practical LL Technology
Blackboard Discussion Collaborative Twitter Project
Activities Online journal Repository
Readings (due by Thursdays, Bibliography (weekly)
(due by Sundays, (weekly) Recommendations Final
10:00PM) (weekly)
10:00PM) (weekly) project
(on Blackboard)
Different Wiki
On Blackboard Zotero Twitter
Platforms Google Forms
Week 0 (Before January 22). Orientation
Course
Introduction.
Wikispaces
Zotero 
Google Drive
Twitter
TOPIC 1: Background. Platforms, learning environments, MOOCs
Week 1 (Jan 22-28). History of CALL
Reading 1 Issue 1 Activity 1  
Week 2 (Jan29-February 4). Learning/Course Management Systems
Reading 2 Issue 2 Activity 2  
Week 3 (February 5-11). Other platforms (wikis, blogs, etc. used to organize instruction or teaching/learning materials)
Reading 3 Issue 3 Activity 3  One entry  One entry
TOPIC 2: Apps, services and tools
Week 4 (Feb. 12-18). Definition. Resources. Licenses
Reading 4 Issue 4 Activity 4  
Week 5 (Feb. 19-25). Apps, services and tools for education
Reading 5 Issue 5 Activity 5  
Week 6 (Feb 26-March 4). Apps, services and tools for education
Reading 6 Issue 6 Activity 6  One entry  One entry
TOPIC 3: Synchronous and Asynchronous communication
Week 7 (March 5-11). Synchronous communication
Reading 7 Issue 7 Activity 7  
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Week 8 (March 12-18). SPRING BREAK
Week 9 (March 19-25).
Proposal
Reading 8 Issue 8 Activity 8  One entry  One entry due on
March 22
TOPIC 4: Technology-based assessment
Week 10 (Mar 26-April 1).
Reading 9 Issue 9 Activity 9  One entry  One entry
TOPIC 5: Social media
Week 11 (April 2-8).
Reading 10 Issue 10 Activity 10  
Week 12 (April 9-15).
Reading 11 Issue 11 Activity 11  One entry  One entry
TOPIC 6: Digital identity and professional development
Week 13 (April 16-22).
Reading 12 Issue 12 Activity 12
Week 14 (April 23-29).
Reading 13 Issue 13 Activity 13  One entry  One entry
TOPIC 7: Security and privacy
Week 15 (April 30-May 5).
Final
Reading 14 Issue 14 Activity 14 project due
on May 2
Week 16 (Exam Week).
Final projects reviews due on May 9, by 10:00 PM

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