Project Director: Garry Forger (U Arizona) [In collaboration with the Learning Technologies Center]
Description: The Online Language Environments (OLE) Board is a web based threaded discussion instructional tool that utilizes voice, video and text to replicate the functions of a language lab. OLE is used for, but not restricted to, oral practice, listening comprehension, speaking practice and reading and writing practice. The OLE system can be used to supplement instruction in face-to-face classes as homework assignments, and can be used in entirely distance classes. CERCLL support provided assistance to improve the technological capabilities and establish the pedagogical strategies of OLE, which has been successfully piloted in French, Arabic, various Indigenous languages and ESL. OLE has been featured in workshops and intensive summer institutes for FL teachers at all levels. The OLE Board is an open-source product that is available to the wider language instruction community.