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Interactive Distance Learning Programs (IDL Programs)

“Students and teachers see and hear each other and interact almost as if they were in the same classroom."IDL program, Confucius Institute of KU
CIKU instructor teaches middle school students via IDL program

Students at remote sites integrated with their instructors and students at other sites via IDL videoconferencing technology (Interactive Distance learning). IDL allows for live, real-time interaction. Students and teachers see and hear each other and interact almost as if they were in the same classroom.

CIKU instructors use this technology to instruct students at elementary, middle, and high schools in Kansas during the academic year. CIKU has also provided IDL Chinese instruction to schools in Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, and South Dakota during the Institute’s high school summer camp and other programs. CIKU Chinese Instructors are experiences in the use of IDL and have learned to adapt best practices in foreign language instruction to the IDL context. IDL technology and pedagogical techniques allow for efficient use of teacher resources. One teacher can provide instruction to students in many different schools throughput the school day. IDL allows distance learning classes to be scheduled within the exiting bell schedules at schools. This allows students in small towns and other areas where Chinese teachers are not available to gain access to this critical language.

CIKU IDL Program Participating Schools 2013-2014

High School Participants

Washburn Rural High School

Free State High School

Lawrence High School

Pray-Woodman High School

Hutchinson High School

Chanute High School

Maize High School

Independence High School

Jay Shidler Elementary High School

Goddard High School

Eisenhower High School



Middle Schools

St. John School, Lawrence, KS

Washburn Rural Middle School, Topeka, KS

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