SHL Hangout | Creating, adapting, sharing: OER in SHL instruction

Facilitators: Margarita Casas (Linn-Benton Community College) and Flavia Belpoliti (Texas A&M Commerce)

In this hangout, the presenters will introduce main tenets of open educational resources (OER) and the affordances for SHL instruction in diverse settings, starting with a conversation on the process of creating, adapting and sharing OER. They will share their experiences with designing, publishing, and adapting materials under Creative Commons  (CC) licenses to teach Spanish to diverse heritage learners. Then, participants will engage in adapting existing OER content following a specific redesign process, transforming the content into an instructional material that directly matches their students’ needs and interests. The presentation will finalize with a short revision of different CC licenses, inviting participants to select a preferred license before sharing their redesigned OER content with the larger TeCHS community.

Register here for free. You will receive an email with the Zoom link about a week before the event. For accessibility requests: please email us at by April 29th.

Margarita Casas is a Spanish instructor at Linn-Benton Community College, and co-author of the textbooks Exploraciones, Exploraciones Intermedio (Cengage) and Exploremos (National Geographic/Cengage). She received an MA in Spanish Literature with emphasis in education, and an MA in ESL, both from Colorado State University. She is an avid traveler always looking forward to the next adventure.

Flavia Belpoliti is Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the Spanish Graduate Studies Program at the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She also co-directs the COERLL project “Texas Coalition for Heritage Spanish – TeCHS”. Her research interests include Spanish as Heritage Language Pedagogy, Teacher Preparation, Hispanic Sociolinguistics, and Discourse Analysis.

Sponsored by the Texas Coalition for Heritage Spanish (TeCHS) and COERLL