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Tools and Techniques for Web-Based Multimedia Instruction


Goals

This workshop will investigate the use of the World Wide Web as a tool in distance education, and will include the following elements:

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Instructors

Candace Chou has been conducting workshops for language teachers on topics related to computer-assisted language learning and the Internet at the University of Hawai'i. She served as the instructor for the "ChineseNet" workshop for the NFLRC 1996 Summer Institute, and has worked with 15 college language educators to develop prototypes of WWW-based Chinese language lessons and resources. Candace's "ChineseNet" project earned her the first prize in the "First Annual University of Hawai'i-Manoa, Campus Technology Competition." She also worked as a trainer and technical coordinator for the NFLRC Summer Institutes of 1994 and 1995. Candace is a doctoral candidate in communication and information sciences at UH. Her main research interest is in diffusing new technology into foreign language education,with a focus on distance learning through the World Wide Web.

In contrast, Tom Burke is currently stretching out his MA degree program in ESL at the University of Hawai'i, and has played groupie with the NFLRC since January 1995. Tom previously spent 10 years at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, frightening or boring children with his multimedia exhibits for the science museum (mostly created using Macromedia Director, his favorite nerd toy). He has excessive experience in telling both computers what to do and people what to do with them, but has also managed to get in some teaching of high school physics (his undergraduate major). Tom's current amusement is developing materials for computer-assisted language learning, particularly those integrated with the World Wide Web since he has great empathy with loners. However, he considers computers to be of secondary importance to ocean sports.

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Write to the Instructors: Candace Chou & Tom Burke