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Welcome to NWeLearn 2019! We are excited about his annual event. Here is some housekeeping information to navigate the event:
  • The conference is hosted in the Convention Center, a separate building next to the Riverhouse Hotel. You can walk there from the hotel by taking one of the paths that go under MT Washington Drive or drive directly there.
  • The Convention Center has two levels. Meals and main sessions will be held in the lower level and the breakout sessions will be held in the main or 1st floor.
  • Restrooms are in the 1st Floor across from Cascadia B.
  • The Thursday night, Networking & Hors D’oeuvres, will be held right after the last Thursday breakout session in the main entrance space by the fireplace on the 1st floor.
Feel free to ask any questions, post your experiences in the Slack Community site, nwelearn.slack.com, and upload your pictures to the NWeLearn Conference 2019 Google Photos site.
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Thursday, October 17 • 10:50am - 11:50am
ANVILL 3.0: An Online Speech Tool for Many Audiences

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In this presentation, we will introduce the latest version of our open-source software, A National Virtual Language Lab 3.0. ANVILL is a web-based tool that has morphed from being primarily an A/V recorder for speech-based lessons into a multifaceted app that enables the creation of content-rich interactions for both mobile as well as desktop devices.
We’ve been working on this genre of software for a while—ANVILL is now more than 12 years old. This latest version re-imagines the tool for pedagogical contexts that are almost always hybrid, frequently online, and always reliant on a learning management platform of some sort.
Its streaming media engine has been built from scratch (currently on AWS) to be both globally responsive and affordable. And most importantly, its user interface and functionality have been re-designed to take advantage of the knowledge gained from listening to hundreds of language and humanities teachers about how they use ANVILL.
Our goal for this presentation is to both introduce the many new features of the tool but also to use feedback from a discerning audience like NW eLearners to gauge how well we’re meeting expectations for a next generation, language-focused tool.
One of the innovations of the software is a seamless weaving of ANVILL’s strengths as a media tool with the interactivity provided by the software suite known as H5P. The combination means that speech or video and responses of all types can co-exist easily on a page. Task types are easily distinguished, can be simple or complex, and feedback is informative and usually immediate. Materials can be scaffolded and differentiated, recorded, and reported back to the LMS.
Collectively we should all leave with a better understanding of what language faculty are looking for in modern speech-based software, and how developers and instructional designers working with them and their learners can best respond to their needs.
Shorter abstract
In this workshop, we will learn to use the latest version of the free and open-source software, ANVILL 3.0. This new version, rebuilt from the ground up, is optimized for pedagogical contexts that are fluid (F2F-hybrid-online) and for teachers who have very little time for authoring. One innovation is a seamless weaving of ANVILL’s strengths as a media tool with the interactivity of H5P apps. The combination means that speech or video are no longer stumbling blocks as input or output tasks, and that content of all types can co-exist easily on a page.

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Jeff Magoto

Director, Yamada Language Center
I'm the director of the Yamada Language Center (YLC) at the University of Oregon. I've been a language teacher for 40 years, but lately most of my time is spent talking to, watching, mentoring, and advocating on behalf of teachers. YLC is a technology and pedagogy resource center... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am PDT
Cascade A

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