Aprendo: An interactive Spanish language textbook

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 1:30 - 1:45 pm (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Location: Room 1028
Format: Lightning Talk

Session description

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University debuted an online textbook entitled Aprendo. This homegrown, WordPress-based textbook, built by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, is currently being used by approximately 350 students and instructors in 27 Spanish-language classes covering introductory and intensive introductory Spanish. The Aprendo website hosts the textbook content, and serves as an interactive, online workbook in which student answers are saved and re-populated when the student returns to the site.

In this session, Aprendo’s developer offers an overview of educational technology support and the important role of WordPress at Princeton University, describes the inspiration and collaborative process that led to Aprendo, and outlines the development and deployment challenges that ultimately strengthened the platform.


Ben Johnston

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Educational Technologist, Princeton University

Ben Johnston is a senior educational technologist in the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University. Over the span of twelve years at Princeton, Ben has worked in educational technology and digital humanities to facilitate the creative and purposeful use of technology for teaching, learning and research.


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