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Kobe JALT Tech Day
Kobe JALT Tech Day



Online interactive on Zoom

Kobe JALT Tech Day

Looking for online interactive activities for your classroom? How about immersive learning to reduce Zoom fatigue and feeling of isolation and at the same time engage students to collaborate? Join Bill White and Mehrasa Alizadeh for these interactive and hands-on presentations.

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2021年10月16日 15:00 – 17:00 JST

Online interactive on Zoom

About the Event

Adding Interactive Activities to Classwork and Homework Conducting classes online during the pandemic (Bill White)

Abstract: Adding Interactive Activities to Classwork and Homework Conducting classes online during the pandemic has given us a new outlook on how we can add more interactive work to our classes as well as homework. Using H5P allows the students to practice using language in many ways as well as a good scaffolding for in-class activities. This talk will go through how to make an Image Drag & Drop, Text Drag & Drop, Interactive video, and if time allows a Dictation activity. All of these can be added to a website, WordPress Blog or Moodle. Students live online and use their mobile devices, so why not capitalize on that and put their homework at their fingertips and available anytime anywhere.

Speaker's bio: Bill White is a part-time instructor at Kindai University and Kwansei Gakuin University.

Implementing Immersive Learning in the Language Classroom with WebVR (Mehrasa Alizadeh)

Abstract: The global pandemic has forced teachers, tech-savvy or not alike, to shift to remote teaching. For many, this translates into teaching into the void and lecturing to black Zoom squares. As daunting as this one-person show may sound, there are ways to reduce Zoom fatigue and feelings of isolation for teachers and improve students’ engagement. A potential solution to this problem is implementing immersive learning by using social WebVR platforms such as Mozilla Hubs and Frame. This hands-on presentation focuses on the use of Mozilla Hubs in language classes. The presenter will introduce this free browser-based VR application that can be used to create virtual environments for collaboration and co-creation. When used effectively in combination with video conferencing apps, this application can reduce feelings of isolation and online fatigue as well as improve student engagement and collaboration.

Speaker's bio: Mehrasa Alizadeh is an assistant professor at the Cybermedia Center, Osaka University. She conducts collaborative research on the use of multimodal learning analytics to support learners in face-to-face and remote learning settings. Mehrasa is interested in immersive learning and virtual reality for language education.

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