UW Oshkosh's Arabic courses are offered through the University of Wisconsin System Collaborative Language Program (CLP).
Arabic is taught in a traditional classroom setting that has been modified for interactive, two-way videoconferencing (ITV). Through the use of this technology, the UW-Whitewater Arabic instructor Hala Ibrahim Ghoneim works closely with her students at UW-Whitewater and here at UW Oshkosh.
During these on-campus distance education classes, a native-speaking facilitator is in the classroom to help you if questions should arise. In addition to attending class sessions, facilitators hold regular office hours. The use of facilitators helps ensure the success of our program on receiving campuses.
There are a variety of ITV technologies available, which vary greatly in quality, reliability and cost. For CLP courses, Internet Protocol (IP) video is used in a classroom setting. Our hybrid (blended) learning environment incorporates a variety of other Internet-based technologies as well. We use a web-based course management system to provide structure and tools such as Wimba Voice, Wikis, and webcams for further developing language proficiency.
- Data since our program's inception maintain the following:
- CLP courses average over 60 percent retention from semester to semester, higher than the national average for these languages.
- Students at the receiving site do as well or better than their peers at the origination site.
- Students in our distance courses are doing as well as students taking a comparable course in a non-distance class setting.
- CLP has grown from serving 98 students in 7 courses to serving over 300 students in 15 courses per semester.