Teaching the
Whole Class

Technology for Differentiated Instruction

Spring Schedule: April 10 – 28

Leverage technology in both the synchronous and asynchronous modality to facilitate proficiency development for class sections with heterogeneous learners (differing proficiency levels, heritage learners, etc.).

Course goals

  • understand and explain key principles and techniques of reverse design to WL course curricula;
  • critically examine and use existing WL standards and guidelines (ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, World-Readiness Standards, ACTFL Can-Do Statements, etc.) to inform reverse design and address issues of inclusivity and differentiation in the WL class;
  • identify and utilize realia and other authentic materials to create tasks for synchronous and asynchronous instruction;
  • create tasks appropriate for synchronous/F2F and asynchronous/remote learning
    construct tiered tasks/projects at appropriate proficiency levels using the same source materials;
  • identify and construct assessment instruments appropriate for differentiated and inclusive learning (e.g., portfolios, projects, performances, etc.)

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.
  • 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 27, 2023
  • Session Dates: April 10 – 28, 2023
  • Instructor: Tom Garza (guest instructor, UT Austin) and Luca Giupponi (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.