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Beginning Brazilian Portuguese PORT 101

This course was funded through a grant for the NY6 Teagle Blended Learning Project. For more information about this project, navigate to the NY6 web site.

Beginning Brazilian Portuguese


  • G. Cory Duclos, Director, Keck Center for Language Study, Colgate University
  • Jeff Nugent, Director, Academic Technologies, Colgate University
  • Zlatko Grozl, Instructional Technologist, Colgate University
  • Sebastiano Lucci, Director, Less Commonly Taught Languages, HWS
  • Juliet Boisselle, Director, Digital Learning Center, IT Services, HWS
  • Deborah Rasmussen, Digital Learning Consultant, IT Services, HWS
  • Ranata DeGennaro, WS '2015, student employee, HWS

Goals and Objectives:

  • Utilize web conferencing to share language faculty expertise for a Brazilian-Portuguese course within NY6 colleges
  • Synchronously connect students at HWS with students and a faculty member at Colgate during a Brazilian-Portuguese language class
  • Utilize Twitter to engage students, build cross campus community and enable faculty member to coach students during classwork
  • Provide out of class opportunities for students and faculty to interact face to face

Virtual Classroom Toolkit:


  • Virtually collaborating with another NY6 college for a language course was successful.
  • Ample time for logistical intra campus coordination is required. This included navigating diverse technology needs, coordinating face to face opportunities and virtual office hours, and working through varying course schedules.
  • HWS students listed Twitter as a major strength in this course. Students found it helpful to see where other students were struggling and communicate with each other through writing.
  • More research is needed to evaluate a sense of social presence in a virtual classroom interaction.

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