Language Collaboratory Sessions – Spring 2021

Spring 2021 series of informal conversations focused on the theme Striking a Balance in Remote Language Teaching and Learning: Promoting Instructor and Student Well-Being. This series aimed at furthering conversations that help uncover the complexities of striking a balance on the professional, academic, and personal goals to achieve the well-being of instructors and students of languages. In our discussions, we strived to answer the following questions: What are the major challenges in promoting our own and our students’ well-being in the context of remote instruction and the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic? As language instructors, what are concrete steps that we might take to better care for ourselves and our students?

Individual sessions in the series addressed topics such as work-life balance, issues of equity in access to technology or to functional spaces to teach and to learn, balancing academic rigor with flexibility in language courses, balancing ethical considerations with compassionate approaches to assessment, facilitating meaningful interactions in remote language courses and in co-curricular programming, and new models for student (dis)engagement.

All sessions were scheduled for 30 minutes, 3:30-4:00 pm central, 4:30-5:00 pm eastern. Each session required a separate registration.

Spring 2021 sessions:

Sponsors: University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Language Media Center; University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Language Resource Center; University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Language Center; Michigan State University, Center for Language Teaching Advancement; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Language Institute