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Technology and Teaching Translation & Interpreting Online and in the Virtual Classroom: Quantum Leap Forward or Two Steps Back?


Wednesday, 8 July 2015


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Elizabeth Lowe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Viktorija Bilic, University of Wisconsin

Aim and scope

As the  translation and interpreting professional landscape changes, and as technologies for the profession multiply, academic programs must train students to learn and work in virtual environments. In the translation and interpreting field, the process of developing online courses and designing virtual classrooms, while attempting to replicate key aspects of traditional training programs, comes with a unique set of as yet largely unexplored challenges.  In this presentation, we will discuss the advantages, challenges, and intricacies of the virtual classroom for translation and interpreting by comparing them with more traditional training models and by drawing upon our own experiences.

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