Ed Dixon

Official Title: 
Technology Director
Office Location: 
715 Williams Hall

Ed Dixon Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania is Director for Technology of Penn Language Center (PLC) and former president of the Northeast Association for Language Learning and Technology. He has over twenty-five years of teaching experience in the field of German language education at colleges and universities including Swarthmore, Villanova, George Washington University, and UPenn.   He has also taught seminar courses in Penn’s  Critical Writing Program and in the Graduate School of Education. At Penn, Ed provides professional development opportunities for faculty through both PLC and library-sponsored workshops, performs classroom observations in PLC language courses, and advises PLC faculty on techniques and strategies for improving classroom instruction.  His research focuses on the affordances and challenges of different pedagogical approaches for teaching language and culture in both online and hybrid courses. In 2010, Ed taught the first fully online German language course for credit from the University of Pennsylvania and in 2011 received Penn's prestigious affiliated faculty teaching award for distinguished teaching in German from the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Ed’s research publications include a special monograph in the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE; Volume 3: Issue 3, 2012) and the 2015 CALICO Monograph Researching Language Learner Interaction Online: From Social Media to MOOCs. (Dixon, E. & Thomas, M. (Eds.)  In 2013, he created the PLC Foreign Language Certificate in Instructional Technologies and Online Learning and designed in 2014 the first language-learning MOOC for German on the Coursera platform. Ed has served on editorial boards for scholarly journals, and continues to organize panels and present regularly at regional, national, and international conferences on the use of participatory networks for language teaching and learning. He has worked on several program committees including those for The Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology (NEALLT), the American Association of Teachers for German (AATG) and the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL).


In Progress

Rubio, R., Malinowski, D. & Dixon, E. (2019) From challenges to opportunities in Foreign Language MOOCs. In C. Blyth and J. Thoms (eds) Open Education and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching: The Rise of a New Knowledge Ecology. Multilingual Matters.

Selected Publications

Dixon, E., Book Review of A Practical Guide to Integrating Technology into Task-Based Language Teaching by Marta González-Lloret. CALICO Journal (35.2), 2018, 209 - 2013

Rubio, F., Fuchs, C. & Dixon, E. MOOCs better by design. In E-L. Monje’s (Ed.) Technological Advances in Specialized Language Learning Domains. Taylor & Francis 2016.

Dixon, E. & Thomas, M. (Eds.) Researching Language Learner Interaction Online: From Social Media to MOOCs. CALICO Monograph 2015. *(Review of Researching of Language Learner Interactions Online: From Social Media to MOOCS by Elena Martín-Monje, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in the Journal of Language Learning and Technology February, 2016.

Dixon, E. & Fuchs, C. Face-to-face, online, or MOOC - How the format impacts objectives, assignments, and assessments. (2015) In E. Dixon & M. Thomas (Eds.) Researching Language Learner Interaction Online: From Social Media to MOOCs. CALICO Monograph 2015.

Dixon, Edward., Hondo, Junko. (2013) “Re-purposing an OER for the Online Language Course: A Case Study of Deutsch Interaktiv by the Deutsche Welle.” In Michael Thomas and Michael Evans, (Eds.), Computer Assisted Language Learning (Taylor & Francis Online).

Dixon, Edward. (2012) “Building a Model for Online Distance Courses through Social Media and Networks.” In International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), 81 – 94.

Nelleke van Deusen-Scholl, Christina Frei, Edward Dixon, "Co-Constructing Learning: The Dynamic Nature of Foreign Language Pedagogy in a CMC Environment," CALICO Special Topics Edition, Volume 22, Number 3, 2005, 657-678.


* A sideline pursuit is his love for classical guitar. Here's one of his favorite pieces, the Suite for Two Guitars by William Lawes (1602-45) that he recorded with David Sergovic.

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