Berglund Center Roundtable

May 3, 2013, 4:30 PM
CLIC, Scott Hall Room 100B

The Berglund Center for Internet Studies presents "Transforming Educational Culture through Online Language Learning" with speaker Dr. Carl Falsgraf as the last Roundtable of the Spring 2013 Series.

The Berglund Center for Internet Studies is presenting its last Roundtable event for the Spring 2013 Series at 5 p.m. May 3 in the CLIC, Scott Hall, Room 100B, at Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus.

Transforming Educational Culture through Online Language Learning, presented by Dr. Carl Falsgraf, will discuss how disruptive innovations — including the steam engine, automobiles, and computers — are first seen as incremental innovations that enhance existing systems. This is especially true in the realm of online learning. The vast majority of current online offerings retain the trappings of traditional classrooms: lectures, quizzes and grades. The disruptive potential of online learning lies not in the mere inclusion of the Internet but in the facilitation of socially constructed learning networks that provide a space for peers to interact with their domain of study in unique ways. These learning networks radically redefine the roles of teacher and student, particularly in performative fields such as music, counseling, machine operation and — the focus of this presentation — language learning.

Dr. Carl Falsgraf is the director of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon, which he founded in 1994. He received his PhD in linguistics, MA in Japanese literature, and his BA in psychology. In 1994, he founded the Center for Applied Second Language Studies, an entrepreneurial research and development unit within the University of Oregon. CASLS is proud to be the source of several disruptive innovations in the foreign language field. It created the first online assessment of language proficiency (STAMP), which made it possible to economically measure student proficiency outcomes for the first time. CASLS also developed LinguaFolio Online, an online portfolio system that gives students control over their learning. Most recently, CASLS has piloted Hermes, an online Chinese course for high school students focused on project work, self-directed learning, and socially constructed learning.

The Berglund Center at Pacific University facilitates both theoretical discussion and practical action relating to the impact of the Internet upon individuals and their communities worldwide. It is endowed through a generous gift from Pacific University alumni Drs. Mary and James Berglund of La Jolla, Calif.

The Roundtable series began in 2005 and features topics of significant current concern relating to the impact of the Internet. All discussions are videotaped and available online at

For more information about the Berglund Center for Internet Studies, contact the Berglund Center at 503-352-1466 or or visit the BCIS website.

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