Kristy Britt
Office Hours

HUMB 326
 
Fall 2017: MWF 11:00-12:00 and by appointment
 
 
Ph: (251) 461-1457
 
Kristy Britt

Education

 

M.A., 1999, Spanish, 
University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A., 1991, Spanish and English, 
University of South Alabama


Teaching 

 

• Face to face, web-enhanced teaching utilizing technology as appropriate. Examples of regularly incorporated pedagogical technology include self-created and publisher provided projects, online activities PowerPoints, multi-media enhancements. See supporting documentation for rationale and evidence of project outcomes.
• Paper-free classroom management. Pitfalls and successes have been shared within the Department as well as regionally and internationally with various conference presentations on this model to ensure replication beyond USA.
• Touchstones of innovative technology advancements to the Department include: increased LRC usage of well over 300% while serving as its Director; effectively introducing online components in Introductory Spanish courses; and usage of multimedia projects in Intermediate Spanish courses. Upper level enrollment, study abroad participation, and overall retention rates improved as these efforts were implemented.
Courses Taught  
Introductory Spanish I* & II
Intermediate Spanish I* & II*
Advanced Grammar and Conversation
Advanced Conversation and Composition
Introduction to Latin American Civilization
Foreign Language Pedagogy
Phonetics and Phonology
First Year Experience*
Global Issues
*Denotes courses which include Service Learning components or Learning Communities.

 


Professional Experience 

 

Innovative Experience

  • Currently awarded a $10,000 grant to redesign Introductory Spanish I and II.  The redesign will align with the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements and World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Considerations will include the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners[DJ1]  with a focus on proficiency (unrehearsed general communicative ability) vs. performance (semi-rehearsed ability to communicate) and performance assessments vs. achievement tests (memorized or rehearsed responses.)  Plan to integrate any relative technologies (i.e. digital storytelling, gaming, etc.) into the design and pilot the redesign for at least a year while gathering data on results and communicating with other faculty its developments and findings. The five “C” goal areas (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) stress the application of learning a language. The goal will be to prepare learners to apply the skills and understandings measured by ACTFL Guidelines in order to bring a global competence to their future careers and experiences. Goal of the redesign is to improve overall language learning and replicate successes on the Department level.
  • For the Spanish section, redesigned Introductory Spanish I and II to move from a face-to-face and zero technology model to a hybrid model using technology in addition to continuing the face-to-face model. Piloted the redesign for the 2008-2009 academic year, gathered data on results, and demonstrated student learning was evidenced and presented to Department faculty. Beginning Fall 2009, the model was replicated within the Spanish section and is still in use by the Section.  Additionally, two other language sections of the Department implementing parts of the redesign into their courses.
  • Since 2003, served as member of University level committee for Computing and Technology and also College level committee for Technology. Many internal grants to enhance technologies were awarded as a result of this committee.  Also, at the urging of the committee, a new service was added to the College: department level IT support.  This resulted in a Technical Staff being added to the College led by a Management Systems Specialist who is supported by a PC Applications Specialist and a team of student workers.
  • Served two years in the Faculty Senate as a Technology Utilization Committee member (2005) and Chair (2006) and held monthly briefings with University President. Most notable result was a university level Task Force was assembled to investigate personal response system (PRS) technologies. I was appointed to serve on the resulting Task Force and our efforts guided the University to a clicker policy adopted by all Colleges of the University. https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/academicaffairs/resources/policies/clicker_policy_2012.pdf
  • In Fall 2008, I piloted PRS for the Department and did not find it a suitable fit to our redesign, so the technology was not implemented across the Department.

Workshop Sessions:
12 Workshops about language learning technology (3 hour sessions to provide more in depth learning experiences) in 6 states over 10 years in order to encourage replication and sharing of successful initiatives at USA to an audience of over 250 K-16 instructors.
“Tech Tools for Language Learning Technology.” SCOLT, Orlando, FL. March 2017. And Alabama World Languages Association (AWLA) Conference, Auburn University, Auburn, AL. February 2017.
“Digital Storytelling.” Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA). Williamsburg, VA. October 2016.
  “Mobile Apps for Classroom Management.” SCOLT, Charlotte, NC. February 2016.
 “Mobile Apps for Learner Engagement.” *by Special Invitation (as a featured workshop) Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport (FLAIR). Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA. September 2015.

 “There's an App for That: Apps Every FL Teacher Should Have.” SCOLT, Atlanta, GA. April 2015.

“Technologies for Increasing Students’ Flexibility in Language Learning.” SCOLT, Birmingham, Alabama. April 2013.

“There’s an app for that: apps every Foreign Language Teacher should have.” SCOLT, Birmingham, Alabama. April 2013.

“Participation, Collaboration and Cooperation- A How-to Guide.” SCOLT, Atlanta, GA. March 2012.

“New Horizons in Differentiated and Task-Based Technology Language Learning.” IALLT, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA. June 2011.

“K-16 GPS:  Navigating Language Learning Technology between the K-12 and University Communities.” IALLT, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. June 2009.

“A New Bag of Tricks 2008.” *by Special Invitation (to Larger Audience) SEALLT/Mid-Atlantic Association of Language Learning Technology Joint Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL. January 2008.

“A New Bag of Tricks 2007.” *by Special Invitation (to Larger Audience) SCOLT / SEALLT/Foreign Language Association Georgia Joint Conference, Atlanta, GA. March 2007.

Professional Presentations:
15 Presentations about language learning technology (50 minute sessions) in 8 states over 13 years in order to encourage replication and sharing of successful initiatives at USA to an audience of over 500 K-16 instructors.
“Technology and Study Abroad.” IALLT, Moorhead, MN. June 2017. And SCOLT, Orlando, FL. March 2017.

“Technology and Teaching Language in a Cultural Context.” SCOLT, Orlando, FL. March 2017. And South Alabama Language Institute. Mobile, AL. August 2016.

“Mobile Apps for Classroom Management.” Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA). Williamsburg, VA. October 2016.

“Ready, Set, Action! Multi-Media Project.” Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), Charlotte, NC. February 2016.

“Technology Tools to Enhance your Professional Learning Network.” Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers (AAFLT), Montgomery, Alabama. January 2015.

“Mobile Apps for Learner Engagement.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), San Antonio, Texas. November 2014.

“Harnessing Collaborative Tools 2012.” SCOLT, Atlanta, Georgia. March 2012.

“Harnessing Collaborative Tools.” Mid Atlantic Association for Foreign Language Technology / Southeast Association for Language Learning Technology Conference

(SEALLT), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. March, 2010.

“Transitioning to an Online Workbook/Lab Manual in a Traditional Introductory Language Course.” *by Special Invitation (to Larger Audience) National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) Course Redesign Conference, Miami, FL. September 2009.

“Transitioning to an Online Workbook/Lab Manual in a Traditional Introductory Language Course.” International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. June 2009.

“K-12 Workshop: Implementing Language Learning Technologies to Navigate your K- 12 World.” IALLT, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. June 2009.

“K-16 GPS:  Navigating Language Learning Technology between the K-12 and University Communities.” IALLT, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. June 2009.

“The LRC: Promoting a Community of Learners.” SEALLT /Mid-Atlantic Association of Language Learning Technology Joint Conference, Charleston, SC, March 2006 and 11th Annual Middle Tennessee State University Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, TN. April 2006.

“A New Bag of Tricks.” SEALLT /Mid-Atlantic Association of Language Learning Technology Joint Conference, Charleston, SC, March 2006 and 11th Annual Middle Tennessee State University Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, TN. April 2006.

“Oral Exam at the Introductory Language Level.” SCOLT, Mobile, AL. March 20, 2004.

Panel Discussions:
4 Panel Discussions about language learning technology (in collaboration with other LLT leaders) in 4 states over 6 years in order to encourage replication and sharing of successful initiatives at USA to an audience of over 300 K-16 instructors.
“Mobile Apps for Learner Engagement.” IALLT, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. August 2015.

“There’s an App for That: an Exchange.” SCOLT, Atlanta, GA. March 2015.

“Exploring New Horizons Coast to Coast in Language Learning Technology.” IALLT, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA. June 2011.

“K-16 GPS:  Navigating Language Learning Technology between the K-12 and University Communities.” IALLT, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. June 2009.

Awards/Affiliations
Top Prof, USA Mortar Board, 2016-2017.

Teacher of the Year (Post-Secondary), AAFLT, 2015.

Top Prof, USA Mortar Board, 2014-2015.

USA College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012-2013.

Robert T. Henderson Award, IALLT, 2011.

USA Faculty Senate, Senate Secretary, Executive Board Member, Senator College of Arts & Sciences, 2006-2007

USA Faculty Senate, Chair of Senate Technology Utilization Committee, Executive Board Member, Senator College of Arts & Sciences, 2006-2007

USA Faculty Senate, Member of Senate Technology Utilization Committee, Senator College of Arts & Sciences, 2005-2006

Who’s Who Among American Teachers & Educators: 1995-1996, 1997-1998, 2006- 2007.

Blanco Award/Scholarship for Outstanding Fourth Year Spanish Student, USA Spanish Section, 1991.

Finalist nominated for the USA Foreign Languages and Literatures Department Scholarship, 1991.

Outstanding First Year Spanish Student, USA Spanish Section, 1988.


Professional Organizations:

AWLA (Alabama World Languages Association, formerly AAFLT):

Vice President, 2017- 2019. (Will be President 2019-2021)

Program Chair, 2017-2019.

Member, 1992 – present.

IALLT (International Association for Language Learning Technology):

Treasurer, 2011- 2016.

Assistant Editor (Journal), 2010-2011.

Program Chair, 2011.

Conference Host, 2009.

Member, 2003 – present.

SEALLT (Southeast Association for Language Learning Technology):  

Secretary,  2017-present.

Past President, 2012-2017.

President, 2009-2012.

Publications Officer, 2005- 2009.

Program Committee, 2008 and 2010.

Member, 2003 – present.

CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium):

Program Committee 2008.

Member, 2003-present.

WorldCALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning):

International Advisory Committee, 2016- present.

ACTFL:

Member 1992-present.

SCOLT:

Member, 1992- present.