Teaching Spanish at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, gives Mary West plenty of exposure to a variety of different students. From typical 18-year-old freshmen to working re-entry students, her elementary and intermediate Spanish courses allow her to interact with students who are digital natives and some who may take longer to embrace online activities and assignments. These courses and students also require monitoring—so she can easily intervene to help a struggling student—and a heavy time investment to accurately correct homework and activities.
When West and her colleagues learned that their existing text was going out of print, they seized the opportunity to find a new teaching and learning resource that would be more efficient for instructors and more exciting for students. “I was not happy with the online portion of our old text,” said West. “It had the traditional workbook but hand correcting material for so many students was very time consuming.”