Workrooms and Gather.Town
in Japanese language instruction

1. Workrooms

video recording of Workrooms session

This is video recording of a Workroom session from the vantage point of an observer who sits behind six students in the room. The six students are in their own apartments or dormitory rooms. The instructor is at his home. The instructor experiments teacher-student interactions in Workrooms. He also tests different features of Workrooms such as the white board in front of class. The students are in the fourth semester of Japanese, and content of the class is introduction to the honorific system of Japanese language.

2. Gather.Town

video recording of Gather.Town session 

This is screen recording of a Gather.Town session. This session was held after the Workroom session ended. The students took off their headsets and entered Gather.Town with their PC. Since Gather.Town is a non-immersive app, students see each other's face like Zoom conference. Students first gathered in a common location and broke up in two groups for exercises. Two separate instructors lead exercises in each room. There are some outside observers moving in the space.

Contact: 畑佐一味(Kazumi Hatasa)School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Samet Baydar, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University

Kaho Sakaue, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University

Yukie Miura, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University