Teaching a Spanish Literature Course Online: A skeptic’s experience

Lecture | October 12 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Mary Quinn, University of New Mexico

 Berkeley Language Center

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, one in every four undergraduate students takes at least one class online and studies show that access to online learning can boost graduation rates. But certain subjects, like language learning, seem in their very nature to be antithetical to an online format. In this talk I will share my experience of adapting a beginning literature class in Spanish (akin to Berkeley’s Spanish 25) to the online platform. In doing so, I will review the successes and challenges of designing and teaching the course. But the talk’s overarching question is this: just because we can adapt a literature course to an online format, should we be offering these courses in this format? Does the study of world languages and literatures really belong online?

 CA, ogarcia@berkeley.edu, 5108774002