Co-creator and project director, Lee also works on integrating his research in Computer Assisted Language Learning with interaction design.
How I got involved:
Auf geht's! and now Weiter geht’s! began with a sabbatical leave in 1999. It seemed that an entirely different language curriculum was necessary to make any significant impact on the way German was taught. David Antoniuk and I applied successfully for an Ameritech grant and then a FIPSE grant to create Auf geht’s! which was published in 2005.
Working on Auf geht's! and Weiter geht’s! has been a great experience
and really feeds into my interests in language acquisition, psycholinguistics,
technology and teaching. I'm something of a neo-McLuhanite and have always
believed that computers and multimedia should be thought of more as a
medium rather than a tool. This project is a chance to apply my research
and thinking about learning interactions to a real curriculum. Doing an
entire course means that we have the freedom to reshape EVERYTHING, and
publishing though a small multimedia company means we're free from the
control of a Marketing Department at a textbook company. Naturally there
are some downsides to this, but with the 'flattened hierarchy' we can
incorporate recent research and ideas very quickly.
Professor of German
Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics, UC Berkeley (1992)
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