SEASSI 2017 Distance Classes

What to expect in an online language classroom environment: Summer 2017 will be the fifth summer that SEASSI offers classes in distance education formats. Our instructional staff are experts in language teaching, and many of them have decades of teaching experience. They are truly gifted, wonderful teachers! Teaching language online, however, will be a new experience for many of our instructors, and we expect that teachers may occasionally run into software or equipment problems requiring technical support. SEASSI tech support staff will assist in resolving such problems as quickly as possible. Students should also expect to occasionally run into software or equipment problems. In the months and weeks prior to instruction, SEASSI tech support staff will work with each individual distance education student to work out as many technical difficulties as possible, and will similarly assist after classes begin.

Learning a second language in a distance format will always be more challenging than face-to-face in a classroom. We strongly recommend that students attend SEASSI in person, rather than online, if at all possible. If you cannot attend SEASSI in person, however, our goal is to make your online learning experience as productive and positive as possible.

Below is a list of the most common problems faced by our online students, and the solutions. As you can see, using the right equipment and having a fast connection speed will be critical to your success as a distance education student.

  • Problem: Audio system echos

    Solution: Use a headset with a microphone, and make sure all other microphones and speakers connected to your machine are turned off.
  • Problem: Video signal is jerky/frozen/not in sync with audio.

    Solution: 1) Make sure you have a broadband connection.
                    2) Make sure you are connected to it by a wire. Wireless connections are far slower than wired connections and will not be acceptable.
                    3) Use a computer that has a fast microprocessor speed, and a dedicated graphics card.
  • Problem: Audio signal is delayed.

    Solution: 1) Make sure you have a broadband connection.
                    2) Make sure you are connected to it by a wire. Wireless connections are far slower than wired connections and will not be acceptable.
                    3) Use a computer that has a fast microprocessor speed, and a dedicated graphics card.

Ultimately, the greatest challenge in an online, synchronous learning environment like SEASSI distance education is that each student in the classroom (i.e., each "node" of linked computers) has an enormous impact on the success of everyone's learning. The classroom functions only as well as the slowest computer in the group. Therefore, SEASSI reserves the right to deny or revoke admission to a student who is unwilling to take the steps necessary to fix connection or equipment problems.

 

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Contact Us!
Please direct any questions to the SEASSI Program Coordinator:

Jinda Moore
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
phone: (608) 263-1755 email:
seassi@seasia.wisc.edu