|I work as a Spanish Instructor for the World of Learning at Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8. We are a virtual based learning opportunity to students to learn a language. We offer content in our LMS, Canvas, and provide live virtual instruction weekly using Zoom. We use a 6E's Virtual Learning Design Model (based off of the 5E's learning model). I designed the Spanish I-IV courses that are used to offer Spanish to school districts who do not have the financial or staffing means to offer Spanish to their students.|
Our courses are broken up into thematic modules then broken down into seminars within them. Each seminar follows the 6E's model. Students complete the activities in the following order: Engage, Explore, Explain, Evaluate, Elaborate, and Express. Students have opportunities to access prior background knowledge through an engaging activity or prompt followed by the explore content. The explore content, or main content, is introduced in a read, do, and watch activity so students of any preferred learning style can connect with the content. From there the students explain what they learned in a discussion post, evaluate their learning through a short quiz, and elaborate on their learning with an authentic resource based activity or project. Lastly, at IU8 we added the Express reflection assignment in which students have an opportunity to informally assess what they learned as well as an instructor can see what they learner learned and/or didn't learn to move on.
After building the four courses in Canvas, we decided as an IU to share these resources as OERs for other language teachers to use. We have started to build them out in an accessible google doc format in which teachers can access them from OER Commons- in the PAIU hub followed by the Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 group. We have also used trello boards to share the information and work collaboratively. I have shared the Spanish resources as well as our French and German teachers have shared their lessons and resources. Currently in Trello we have all four levels of each language built for access. We are in the process of bringing all of the content from Canvas into the OER commons, but Spanish 1 is accessible at this time in OER Commons. We share this information at trainings and via our monthly network meetings.
Essentially the goal and vision of building out this content and making it into an OER is because I have found, along with my supervisor, that rural school districts struggle meeting the needs of their learners due to a lack of resources, staffing, and connections to cities so we have decided by making our lessons and courses OERs then we can share them with districts and teachers who need them. In return our hopes are that each learner gets a personalized experience and the opportunity to take a language, specifically Spanish, at any level is always available.