SPRING schedule: MARCH 20 – APRIL 7

Our experience with remote teaching and learning during COVID, while extremely challenging, has certainly brought to the surface the potential of certain technology-enabled pedagogies to transform our classroom practices in a positive way. The goal of this course is to create a space for language instructors to process their remote teaching experiences during the pandemic, identify those technology-enabled practices having the most transformative potential, and design an intentional “new normal” for what language instruction might look like in the near future. You’ll be joining a cohort of like-minded individuals who believe in the transformative potential of technology and who will help you craft a plan for your course. Let’s not waste the lessons learned in the last year!

Course goals

  • Identify pandemic-induced failures, wins, lessons learned, and opportunities
  • Explore novel and alternative pedagogical approaches, models, and modalities
  • Interpret and apply transformative technology integration principles, models, and theories
  • Evaluate current practices in light of the potential impact of transformative approaches
  • Identify barriers and challenges to change and propose possible solutions
  • Produce short-, medium-, and long-term plans for transformative technology integration
  • Develop a network of like-minded peers for ongoing sharing and support

Course Details

  •  Length: 3 weeks
  • Delivery: online, largely asynchronous
  • Small, seminar-style cohort-focused curriculum similar to what you’d find in a graduate course, with extensive and personalized instructor feedback and interaction
  • Weekly expected workload: 5-7 hours + 1-2 hours of synchronous sessions (TBD)
  • Learning Platform: D2L (MSU’s Learning Management System)
  • No required materials other than those provided within the learning platform
  • Technology Requirements: computer with stable internet connection; webcam and microphone; mobile device (recommended)
  • Not for credit; a certificate will be provided to participants upon successful completion of the course.
  • In addition to perpetual access to the course materials, participants gain access to a private Facebook Group with other OLT alumni, as well as a companion website with extensive examples of online language courses designed by OLT faculty
  • Please note: we reserve the right to cancel or postpone a course session if the minimum enrollment number is not met.

spring 2023 SCHEDULE

  • Application Deadline: March 6, 2023
  • Session Dates: March 20 – April 7, 2023
  • Instructor: Austin Kaufmann (learn more about the instructors on our faculty page)


While the course is designed for higher education professionals, language educators from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

 Because space is very limited, participants will be selected based on several factors, including the strength of their application. Special consideration will be given to LCTL instructors who apply. Applicants will submit their application through the portal, where they will need to upload:

  • a resume
  • a cover letter discussing their interest in online language teaching and familiarity with learning technologies, detailing how taking this course will impact their career and their program/institution, and committing to the workload noted in each course description (see links below)

We encourage you to apply for more than one course, but please note we will try to accommodate as many applicants as possible.