The Language Collaboratory

We are very pleased to announce the creation of The Language Collaboratory, a consortium for the advancement of intercollegiate dialogue on the teaching of languages and cultures, driven by language centers and Institutes at the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The purpose of this initiative is to promote collaboration for sharing resources and professional development opportunities for educators of language, culture, and literature at the five institutions.

The pandemic offered us opportunities to forge virtual connections across institutions, and we are capitalizing on this affordance by launching a robust professional development series of “lightning talks”. The series will consist of ten informal talks (10-minute conversation or learning table, followed by 20 minutes of discussion) that will be shared across the institutions. The talks will be scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:00 pm, and will be delivered via Zoom. They will respond to three pressing challenges:

  • Accessibility: How can I ensure that my courses are accessible to all of my students?:  September 28 – October 16
  • Inclusivity: How can I be more inclusive in my teaching?:  October 19 – November 6
  • Student agency and autonomy: How can I foster greater student engagement and autonomy in the remote teaching and learning context?:  November 9 – Decembers 4

The presentations will be by instructors from the participating institutions. The program is intended to provide a forum for instructors to share their experiences and expertise, from either a practitioner or research perspective.   

Detailed schedule coming soon.

Contact: Jana Martin or Dianna Murphy


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