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Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom (K-12/HE) is a Course

Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom (K-12/HE)

Feb 10 - Jul 27, 2020


Full course description

Course Date:

Feb 10 - July 27, 2020


Ongoing until
July 27


3-4 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge(s), Certificate (free)


This course is designed to help English language teaching professionals around the world incorporate technology into their classrooms. Learners will acquire basic knowledge and skills in technology through course readings, discussions, and assignments. The course will help participants utilize technology in lesson planning, materials development, feedback, and assessment, and use technology to improve language learning and teaching, as well as professional communication, collaboration, and efficiency by participating in online discussions as well as completing the assignments.

The course is self-paced. It has 5 modules, and it will be open for 12 weeks. Each module will require 3-5 hours of work. Participants can complete coursework at any time during the 12 weeks, but all work must be submitted by July 27, 2020.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify technology resources and their potential to support language teaching
  • Demonstrate understanding of the benefits of using free reading sources online and how to utilize fanfiction/communities of fans to connect reading and writing
  • Demonstrate how to evaluate the usefulness of technology tools for teaching listening
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of using technology to learn and teach speaking and pronunciation

Target Audience: Adult non-native English speaking teachers of English and education professionals interested in professional development opportunities.

Course is provided by ISU on behalf of the American English E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by FHI 360.

Course Instructors

Dr. Volker Hegelheimer

Dr. Volker Hegelheimer

Professor of Applied Linguistics, Iowa State University

Volker Hegelheimer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University, where he teaches courses on the use of technology in language learning. Read More.

Volker earned his M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Haeyun Jin

Haeyun Jin

Research Assistant, Applied Linguistics and Technology, Iowa State University

Haeyun holds BA and MA degrees in English Language Education from Seoul National University. She is a Fulbright scholar and PhD student at ISU. Read More.

She has presented at SSLW, MwALT, and LARC, and published in journals such as English for Specific Purposes. Research interests: computer-assisted language learning and assessment, integrated writing assessment, L2 writing development, and corpus linguistics.

Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi

Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi

Research Assistant, Applied Linguistics and Technology, Iowa State University

Fatemeh is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics & Technology at ISU. She has an MA in TESOL from the University of Northern Iowa and a BA in English Language and Literature from Azad University in Tehran, Iran, her home country. Read More.

HShe teaches academic writing courses at ISU and is a TA/RA for the Using Educational Technology global online course. Research interests: corpus linguistics, English for Academic Purposes.


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