Online Learning Update

August 20, 2010

Online Japanese course taking learning to new places

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am


by the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Tim Cook’s innovative online Japanese 101 course begins this fall. Cook promotes this as a call-in talk show — all in Japanese —and will connect with students around Birmingham via Skype. Welcome to Cook’s innovative online Japanese 101 course, a joint production of the departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Communication Studies, Education and Theatre. The course, which Cook promotes as a call-in talk show all in Japanese, begins this fall. For each class, Cook will connect with his students from locations around Birmingham through Skype. When students link up, they can expect to see Cook in locations including the Japanese Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the concourse in front of the Hill University Center, among other locales. “I want this to be unlike any other online experience,” says Cook, an adjunct professor in Foreign Language and Literatures and videographer in the School of Public Health. “I don’t want this to be an experience a student could get in a classroom. This is going to be a visual presentation — something to look at and listen to — and at it’s going to be interactive.

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