Jenny Homerang, Tok Pisin course developer

Celebrating teaching innovation in languages

4th September 2018

On 4-5 September the Colleges of Asia and the Pacific and Arts and Social Sciences will come together to celebrate the ground-breaking work being done their educators the Innovation in Teaching Showcase. The event features presentations from CHL educators Jenny Homerang, Dr Peter Friedlander and Dr Fan Shengyu.

‘There is an exciting theme running through this year’s 2018 CAP-CASS Innovation in Teaching Showcase, unifying the diversity, as it is a collaborative effort between the two leading innovative educational design teams at ANU. Its objective is to demonstrate to our colleagues what is happening in the education space, and also to unite some of the very diverse schools at ANU for a common purpose,’ said Showcase coordinator Steven Mottlee.

For instance, there is ground-breaking work being undertaken at the School of Music in composition and recording, which goes hand in hand with contemporary Australian indigenous music. This work also has strong links with the innovative approaches of CAP, which leads the way in online language development, and is particularly compatible with the important work which we are currently undertaking in celebrating the languages of indigenous peoples.

There are many interesting and innovative practices occurring in CAP, including the recently completed ANU Teaching Enhancement Grant project for a Chinese-English translation course that Dr Fan Shengyu and Grazia Scotellaro will present at the showcase, as well as other projects in languages.

CAP has a pioneering approach to developing language courses online, with a particular focus on the less commonly-taught languages of Asia and the Pacific. The benefit of developing online courses for languages which are not widely taught is that they can reach a far wider audience with students able to enrol from across Australia and around the world.

In Semester One 2018 we made six languages available through Open Universities Australia: Hindi, Sanskrit, Thai, Tetum, Tibetan, and Vietnamese. These courses have been highly successful and achieved an astounding 100% student satisfaction success ratings.

2018 has been an extremely successful year and further projects currently underway in specialised languages which will soon be released. In 2019 we will be launching a new online course in Tok Pisin, one of the most widely spoken languages in Papua New Guinea.

CHL’s Innovation in Teaching Showcase presentations will demonstrate its unique educational design approach, which has led the way at ANU in developing online and blended courses. From fully online offerings, to courses integrating multimedia ebooks, CAP is the launch pad for many innovative projects, always experimenting with new ideas.

CHL’s educators will present on Wednesday, 5 September. Click here for the Showcase program.

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