The McGraw Center is pleased to announce an upcoming talk by Senior Educational Technologist, Ben Johnston, on the collaborative work he did with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton in developing an online textbook for SPA 101, 102, 103 and 107. The project was developed under the direction of Professor Catalina Méndez Vallejo, Associate Director of the Spanish Language Program, and her team of Spanish language instructors. Professor Méndez Vallejo was a recipient of the 250th Grant for Curricular Innovation, sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College.
Here is a description of Ben’s talk, and more information about the project:
Aprendo: An interactive Spanish language textbook
During the 2016-2017 academic year, the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University debuted an online textbook entitled Aprendo. This homegrown, WordPress-based textbook, built by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, is currently being used by approximately 350 students and instructors in 27 Spanish-language classes covering introductory and intensive introductory Spanish. The Aprendo website hosts the textbook content, and serves as an interactive, online workbook in which student answers are saved and re-populated when the student returns to the site.
In this session, Aprendo’s developer offers an overview of educational technology support and the important role of WordPress at Princeton University, describes the inspiration and collaborative process that led to Aprendo, and outlines the development and deployment challenges that ultimately strengthened the platform.
From the WPCampus2017 website:
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