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Workshop on App Development Approaches, 14 Sept, Sydney

Technology, Western Sydney University

Date: 22 August 2018

Workshop on App Development Approaches

Hosted by Western Sydney University (WSU) node

Date: Friday 14 September, 2018

Venue: Room PS-EB.G.33 WSU Parramatta South Campus, Victoria Rd, Rydalmere.

Start: 10 am

Finish: 4 pm

Cost: Free, but please RSVP via Eventbrite by Friday 7 September



Mark Richards, Alba Tuninetti, Dominique Estival, Caroline Jones, Rachel Hendery, Paola Escudero, Siobhain O'Leary

Technology has an important role to play in successful language teaching programs which is reflected in the increasing number of apps available. Many of these apps have features that can limit their usefulness in meeting specific learner needs. Developing your own app is one way of overcoming this problem. This workshop is intended for language teachers who are interested in developing a digital learning resource targeting a perceived need within their teaching context. For example, many apps only work online, however not all students have reliable internet access. Developing resources that can be effectively used offline could be an important way of improving equity of access to valuable learning tools. Participants will be introduced to app development approaches with a focus on language research (community researchers, fieldworkers, psycholinguists) and language teaching (foreign languages, Aboriginal languages, community languages & classics). The day features an invited talk from Dr Stephen Wan, Leader of the Language & Social Computing Team at CSIRO's Data61 in Sydney. A tutorial style workshop on low-tech app prototyping within the broader process of collaboration, design and usability assessment will be led by WSU's Kate Richards.

Participants who already have functional apps are invited to bring their app on a device to a Lunchtime Showcase, to demo and discuss progress and insights informally. If you have an app to show, please email - by Friday 7 September - a brief description to: Mark Richards <>

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