The project participants strove to make LGCC 405 more accessible, convenient, and appealing to healthcare students. The mission was to tailor the content, setting, and delivery to the specific needs of VCU healthcare students. The course was officially offered by the School of World Studies, but the students came from SON and other healthcare programs at VCU.
The online language training was provided by SWS Assistant Professor Anita Nadal through Blackboard. Ms. Nadal has over 10 years of experience teaching Spanish for healthcare professionals. She worked with the PI and the co‐PI to revise the curriculum for online delivery. Ms. Maria de Panbehchi, the Teletandem coordinator, oversaw cooperation, lab scheduling, and student pairing. The Teletandem facilitator Mr. J. Greg Hellman, a formidable expert in the design and setup of virtual classroom activities, worked with SON IT staff to devise an optimal plan for technical programming. WSMC Instructional Technology Specialist Paula de Carvalho guided the students in their building of RamPages weblogs as they progressed through the course. The RamPages blogs gave the students an opportunity to document their language and cross‐cultural learning experiences. The sites were intended to serve as a virtual repository of knowledge, skills and information learned in this course.