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FRENCH GRAMMAR GAMES (for Grammar Geeks)

Aug 12, 2019: "We designed a playful, standalone learning space where students both within and beyond Middlebury can drop by anytime and from anywhere to practice and improve their French by playing clever digital grammar games."

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Behind the Scenes: An Interview With Sonja Burrows

Jul 8, 2019: "I strive always to see what is beyond the walls of the immediate reality, to understand how vast and different and wonderful and often uncomfortable the world can be outside of the familiar."

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DESIGNING FOR HINDI LANGUAGE LEARNING

Jun 11, 2018: "I treasure all the parts of this work — from the early brainstorming conversations all the way along the bumpy road of development to the final moment when a shiny beautiful learning space is ready to share. A space where possibility persists."

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COMPLEX KNITTING AND CRITICAL INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN: A PROBLEM-SOLVING MINDSET

Dec 18, 2017: "Critical instructional design reflects a sense of awareness, hope, and possibility; encourages learning agency; and allows students and teachers to own their discoveries."

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CRITICAL THINKING IN LANGUAGE TEACHING: A RUMINATION

Nov 20, 2017: "This way of talking about critical thinking no longer felt like enough. It was too neutral, and it lacked the essence of the thing that to me lies at the very core of critical thinking: judgment."

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ON RETREATING FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Sep 29, 2017: "Social media has intentionally constructed a cultural belief system built around the assumption that if nobody sees it, it didn’t really happen. The perception of a public audience has become requisite to making human experience real."

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PEDAGOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF MODELING FOR BEGINNERS

Aug 31, 2017: "Learning is optimal for most human beings when they are given just enough structure to feel safe and just enough freedom to feel challenged. This, in my opinion, is the special sauce of meaningful learning design."

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PLURILINGUALISM AND THE DIGITAL

Aug 21, 2017: "Plurilingualism is not special. It is in fact a very normal, very human condition to be able to operate using multiple languages. The majority of people in the world speak more than one language; 85 percent will be multilingual by 2050."

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THE DIGITAL, MOTHERHOOD, AND LOCATION NON-SPECIFIC WORK

Aug 10, 2017: "The digital gives me a voice with which to challenge traditional paradigms about how and where people work. It enables me me to be the kind of mother I want to be, and the kind of professional person I want to be."

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NOTES FROM THE ROAD: DIGITAL PEDAGOGY LAB 2017

Aug 8, 2017: "Digital learning is about people. It’s about human beings thinking, processing, sharing ideas, making connections, and crafting meaning from the information they have around them. Technology bears witness."

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LANGUAGE LEARNING AND THE DIGITAL

Sep 29, 2016: "We think of language learning as an in-person endeavor. At its most elemental level, what is language really about if not about me standing here – in person – talking and reaching out to you with my voice and the body attached to it?"

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BENVENUTI A FIRENZE! (Welcome to Florence)

Aug 29, 2016: "In order for Italian language students to make the most of their experience in Florence, we created this learning space to jump start language acquisition by providing the opportunity to learn as much as possible before their arrival."

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