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Ed Dixon

Official Title: 
Technology Director
Office Location: 
715 Williams Hall

Ed Dixon Ph.D. is Director for Technology of PLC (Penn Language Center) and former president of the Northeast Association for Language Learning and Technology. He has over twenty years of teaching expereince at the undergraduate and gradualte levels and is active in a variety of areas related to classroom instruction, faculty support and research. In 2010, Ed taught the first fully online 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 presents regularly and organizes panels at regional and national conferences on the use of participatory networks for language teaching and learning. Ed has served on several committees  including the AATG Annual Meeting Program Committee for ACTFL 2016. In summer 2016, he taught for the Graduate School of Education at Penn the course Researching Language Learner Interactions Online: From Social Media to MOOCs and is currently teaching in Penn's Critical Writing Program a writing seminar tailored to the students' academic and professional needs.

Selected Publications

Fuchs, C., & Dixon, E. (in progress) MOOCs for beginning-level language learners: An exploratory study

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.

Recent Interviews on online language learning

Interview with with Ed about his recent article “Building a Model for Online Distance Courses through Social Media and Networks”

Interview with Ed Dixon by Ryan Rapp from Instreamia.com

Besides his work and research in online language education and interest in things German, Ed enjoys writing, classical guitar, and piano.

 

 


Additional Titles: 
Lecturer in German Language and Culture
Phone: 
(215) 573-4267
Education: 

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: 
Outcomes in online and distance language education
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