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Edward Dixon

Official Title: 
Technology Director
Office Location: 
715 Williams Hall

Ed Dixon Ph.D. is Director for Technology of Penn Language Center and former president of the Northeast Association for Language Learning and Technology. He is active in a variety of areas related to classroom instruction, faculty support and research. In 2013, he designed a Foreign Language Certificate in Instructional Technologies and Online Learning. 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 the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. In 2011, he edited a special monograph for the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE; Volume 3: Issue 3 (2012). His proposal with co-author Michael Thomas was selected by CALICO's Editorial Board for the 2015 CALICO Monograph. In 2014, he designed the first language-learning MOOC for German on the Coursera platform. Ed presents regularly at regional and national conferences on the use of participatory networks for language teaching and learning.

Relevant Publications

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

Rubio, F., Fuchs, C. & Dixon, E. (in press) MOOCs better by design. In E-L. Monje’s (Ed.) Technological Advances in Specialized Linguistic Domains. Routledge 2015

Dixon, E. & Thomas, M. (Eds.) Researching Language Learner Interaction Online: From Social Media to MOOCs. CALICO Monograph 2015.

Fuchs, C., & Dixon, E.  Face-to-face, online, or MOOC - How the format impacts objectives, assignments, and assessments. 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 in technology and interest in things German, Ed enjoys 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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