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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rosetta Stone Education FREE Webinar: Bridging the Gap: Using Language to Develop Global Graduates


According to a recent study by the Center for Digital Education, 73% of higher education respondents believe they are teaching students the right job skills, however only 45% of companies agree. While educators are beginning to recognize that a gap exists, few have a plan in place to close the gap.

At the same time, a survey of strategy + business readers discovered that 96% believe language skills are important for professional success. However, within higher education there has been a continuous decrease in the number of institutions requiring foreign language for graduation. In fact, the number of institutions requiring foreign language for graduation has plummeted from 53% in 2001 to 37% in 2011.

Recognizing that building the confidence to speak a new language was critical to success in today’s global workplace, Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) created a one-credit online language lab to complement the language skills learned in a traditional language classroom.

Join us Wednesday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to discover how Fox Valley Technical College partnered with Rosetta Stone to equip its students with the language skills critical to success in today’s global workplace. Join Leah Cáceres Lutzow as she discusses how Fox Valley Technical College:
  • Developed an engaging online language lab that incorporated live peer-to-peer discussions with native speakers, cultural exercises and discussion boards – accessible by its busy students
    anywhere, anytime
  • Increased language-course offerings in the fall of 2012 by 17.5%
  • Expanded enrollment by reaching a new learner population that prefers online instruction

This webcast is sponsored by Rosetta Stone and hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. All content presented during the event is provided by Rosetta Stone.

Leah Cáceres Lutzow, Chair of the Spanish Department, the Bilingual Medical Interpretation Program, and Online World Language Labs, Fox Valley Technical College
Leah is the Chair of the Spanish Department, the Bilingual Medical Interpretation Program, and Online World Language Labs at Fox Valley Technical College. She is an avid interculturalist and regularly conducts onsite customized business and industry trainings for multinational companies. Leah holds a B.S. in Psychology, Human Development and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and an M.A. in Spanish and Hispanic Cultures from the University of Salamanca Spain.
Dr. Michael Zastrocky
Dr. Michael Zastrocky is a consultant in higher education and Executive Director of The Leadership Board for CIO’s in higher education. Dr. Zastrocky examines and analyzes emerging higher education IT trends and assesses the implications of those trends on educational institutions globally. He also examines higher education management issues and how institutions can effectively and efficiently manage their organizations. He recently retired as Managing Vice President, Education Research Leader and Research Director for Academic Strategies at Gartner Inc., the world’s largest information technology research and advisory services organization.

Before joining Gartner, he served as a faculty member at several universities, assistant dean, chief information officer, vice president of CAUSE (the international association for managing and using information resources in higher education, now EDUCAUSE), and vice president of the Kaludis Consulting Group. He has a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in mathematics, a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Denver, and a doctor of education degree in technology and mathematics education from the University of Northern Colorado. 


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