The Effat / Oberlin collaboration

Effat College in Saudi Arabia has expressed interest in building upon our videoconference meeting and developing teaching/learning projects together, both with our Arabic Class as well as other possible linkages between our schools. I am wondering (outloud) whether a WordPress blog would be the place to try and have our students (at least for the Arabic class) meet and converse. But can this blog handle Arabic and English together?

Buthaina has offered to help facilitate this adventure, and I could not be more excited (see my comments below: you meet the nicest strangers online). Here is an example of the work she has done with teaching with technology in her part of the world. The world may not be flat, but it certainly has become smaller….

Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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  1. Todd · November 23, 2005 Reply

    You might want to keep wikis in mind as well for group projects. The question I always ask myself is do I want the writing organized chronologically (blogs) or should the students create their own structure from scratch (wiki). We haven’t done any writing projects with our partners abroad yet. Sounds fun. Let me know how it goes.


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