Senior lecturer, Foreign Languages and Literatures Section
areas of expertise: spanish, language, digital education
Douglas M. Morgenstern is senior lecturer in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Section of MIT, where he has taught intermediate and advanced Spanish language classes since 1980; he has also taught beginning Spanish since 1981 at Harvard Extension School.
His work in the field of materials preparation includes contributing to a PBS telecourse and authoring and co-authoring instructor's manuals, audio and video programs, workbooks, and a CD-ROM for high school and college texts published during the last 25 years by Holt Rinehart and Winston, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, McGraw-Hill, Heinle and Heinle, and Prentice Hall.
His principal research field is educational multimedia for language learning and teaching, and he has presented and published on methodology, simulation and interactive video. He also designs classroom simulations that do not require advanced technology. He directs the MITUPV Exchange (http://mitupv.mit.edu/), which he co-founded in 2000 with Adolfo Plasencia of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain. The MITUPV Exchange’s inclusion of student biographies and user-generated multimedia content, with an emphasis on digital video, anticipated Web 2.0 phenomena subsequently popularized by large-scale social networking communities. Morgenstern is also working on the design of a new online project with colleagues from MIT, Dartmouth and Harvard.
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