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Going Live: A Training Program for Online Synchronous Language Instruction

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Designed with support from the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this Program will allow faculty to discuss and experience the use of synchronous tools in the context of online communicative language teaching. The outcome of the training will be twofold: for instructors, an increased self-efficacy, or belief in their own ability to successfully teach languages online; for students, satisfaction with the quality of student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction provided during synchronous class meetings.


Current and prospective faculty teaching foreign languages in face-to-face and online synchronous environments.


  • Discussing current literature on the online synchronous language classroom
  • Training on the use of Collaborate in synchronous language teaching
  • Microteaching a sample language lesson in an online synchronous environment


  • After introducing themselves to the rest of the class, participants will read a few recent articles on issues related to online synchronous language teaching, discuss and comment them on a discussion board.
  • Through tutorials and individual practice, they will become familiar with Collaborate and its main features, and prepare a mini-lesson using it as a conferencing tool.
  • They will then present their lesson to their peers on the final day of the course and receive feedback from their classmates and instructor.


  • Provide an introduction and orientation to the use of a sample conferencing tool to enhance communication in an online language course.
  • Facilitate discussion and awareness of best practices in the communicative online language classroom.


  • Provide a pedagogical frame to the teaching of a second language online
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of audio/videoconferencing in building a community of language learners online
  • Provide the opportunity for offering and receiving feedback from fellow students during an online microteaching session.


One week




No special requirements beyond having reliable access through the week to broadband Internet and an up-to-date multimedia computer. Collaborate will be accessible directly on the course site.


Online - through course management system and synchronous conferencing tool (Bb Collaborate)


A total of ten to twelve hours of work can be expected to successfully complete this course.

Credit Options

Not available for academic credit


A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
What They're Saying
"While learning about skills and attitudes needed by online students, I had the opportunity to experience those needs myself."     

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Award winning courses

The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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