Welcome to the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC) Instructional Resources web page. The CSLC provides instructional resources to help language faculty develop engaging curricula, content, and activities for students, including EdTalks, technology workshops, and presentations, and private consultations. Here you will find past workshops, presentations, and resources for teaching and learning languages and cultures.
There are many resources available for faculty and grad students to learn how to manage online courses in face-to-face, blended and online formats. In addition to the CSLC workshops and support from the CSLC Instructional Designer, consultations, workshops and more are available at the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) and ND Learning.
Instructional Design for Face-to-Face, Blended and Online Courses
Integrating a learning management system like Canvas is an essential skill for all educators. and preparing your courses requires additional skills both pedagogically and technologically. An instructional designer is a great point of contact to help faculty develop and revise materials, troubleshoot issues, integrate tools, and make updates, for as long as the course is offered. Notre Dame has many resources to help with instructional design in OIT, ND Learning, and the CSLC. The CSLC has an instructional designer who can work with faculty to explore tech tools, map and design a course, create and update syllabi, and more.
OLC Course Framework
If your course is part of an online program then you will be asked to work with other faculty in your department and an instructional designer to develop a course structure or framework. This is necessary to not only brand the program but to make navigating the courses within a program easier for students. The CSLC can help you evaluate your course using the \the OLCTM guidelines for course design.This framework can be applied to all types of courses - face-to-face, blended, and fully online courses. Learn more about some of the elements of a common course framework.
Integrating intercultural awareness through engaging activities can enhance all language courses. The CSLC offers workshops throughout the semester, and also provides assessments to bring awareness to students. Learn more about intercultural competence and communications and course integration. Contact Mary Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the Intercultural Competence Training information page for a current list of workshops.
Faculty who are developing courses may want to use PowerPoint or Google Slides presentations. These presentation materials can be turned into videos by adding audio and making a multimedia presentation. Proper design of presentations that look great, and also sound good, are important in integrating with a learning management system. Notre Dame periodically schedules workshops and presentations that help faculty learn about the elements of design, audio additions to files, and sharing the presentations with students as an additional learning resource. Learn more about video presentations and presentation techniques at the CSLC Resource Page.
Creating Videos for Instruction
There are many ways to create instructional videos and many, many tech tools that can be used to create engaging content for your students. From animated cartoons to in-person lecture recordings, working with an instructional designer to determine the best mash-up for creating instructional content for your students.
The point, click, discuss, share. Many tools are available to create learning activities like interactive videos, interactive simulations, gaming or gamification activities, or multi-user virtual spaces.
Integrating intercultural awareness through engaging activities can enhance all language courses. The CSLC offers workshops throughout the semester, and also provides assessments to bring awareness to students. Learn more about intercultural competence and communications and course integration by contacting Mary Davis.