Maria Parker, English for International Students Program Director, was interested in providing speaking time for students outside of class that encouraged spontaneity, was informal, and helped build classroom community. Additionally, Parker wanted to provide more practice opportunities that she could monitor for completion (and respond to if desired) but which would not create additional grading time.
Karine Provot wanted to improve the outcomes of an audio journal project for her French 63 students, particularly by better establishing the connections between what students learned and talked about in class and this ongoing out-of-class assignment.
Edith (Edie) Allen, a Program Coordinator and faculty member in the English for International Students (EIS) program, wanted to enhance a self portrait project she regularly used in GS 320B, Integrated Oral Communication. She also wanted to create an effective rubric to help assess the assignment.