The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (Tech Center) is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Agency (DLNSEO). The mission of the Tech Center is to enhance The Language Flagship experience through the effective use of technology.  The primary purpose of the Tech Center is to conceive, design, adapt or improve, deliver and test effective means to blend technology into existing Language Flagship Programs. The Tech Center uses design-thinking processes to identify efforts that leverage existing initiatives and resources from the public and private sectors.

 

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Growing Our Community

The primary focus for the first year of operation of the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (Tech Center) was strategic planning through community-building. The Tech Center brought together expertise from relevant areas in academia (foreign language education, applied linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, educational technology, etc.) and from entities with stakes in foreign language education in both the public and private sectors. Stakeholders were invited to engage in discussions in an environment that fostered the emergence of new ideas and promising solutions.

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Blended Learning

During its first year, the Tech Center developed and pilot tested a blended language learning experience based on a simulation for learners of Chinese. A fictitious company, Green Ideas, Inc., serves as the engine that generates highly contextualized language learning activities. Modeled after an international corporation, language learning can be personalized to target learners professional interests and needs. This blended learning initiative models how existing resources can be leveraged to create technology-enhanced learning opportunities for Flagship students.

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