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October, 2022

14Oct9:00 AM9:50 AMFrom Surviving to Thriving: Ensuring That Students and Instructors Continue to Develop the Digital Literacy Skills Gained During the PandemicTim VanSlyke, Liatris Myers, Mary Hughes, and Melody Abarca-Millan, Chemeketa Community College9:00 AM – 9:50 AM


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October 14, 2022


Friday 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Pacific Time


Online via Zoom


Part of 2022 Conference

Session Description

When the pandemic hit, the Chemeketa Community College ESOL faculty had a crazy term in spring 2020 teaching on Zoom using Blackboard. Suddenly, instructors had to figure out remote teaching on their own. This led to a student learning experience that was disjointed and difficult to navigate, especially for those who had low digital literacy skills. Students reported that teachers having different Blackboard setups was confusing. Faced with remote teaching and the college moving to Canvas that fall, we took the opportunity to make an ESOL Program template for our classes which had a uniform look and feel. In addition, we implemented numerous trainings for students and instructors and provided multiple forms of ongoing support. Currently, as we return to face-to-face classes, our main focus is ensuring students and instructors continue to develop their digital literacy skills.


Tim VanSlyke

ESOL Instructor, Chemeketa Community College

Tim VanSlyke has taught English to Speakers of Other Languages for over 25 years, serving the last eighteen years as an instructor at Chemeketa Community College where he has taught all skills and levels. He spent several years on the Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ORTESOL) board, as well as a member of the Oregon adult learning standards committee. In 2018 Tim was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach at Plovdiv University in Bulgaria for a year. In addition to his TESOL credentials, Tim has an MSEd in Instructional Technology from Western Oregon University and has specialized in integrating technology in ESOL instruction for most of his career.

Liatris Myers

ESOL Instructor, Chemeketa Community College

Liatris Myers has an MA in Language Teaching from the University of Oregon, and is an ESOL Instructor at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. In addition, she serves as an Oregon adult education state learning standards trainer, and is the Oregon adult education state learning standards local lead at Chemeketa. She has also taught ESOL at INTO Oregon State University, and abroad at a private school in Envigado, Colombia, and a university in Yokohama, Japan. She has always emphasized digital literacy instruction in her classes, and was part of the team that developed a Canvas template for the Chemeketa ESOL Program to aid student learning during remote instruction necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mary Hughes

ESOL Instructor, Chemeketa Community College

Mary has been teaching ESOL for over 20 years in both the USA and abroad. Some of her passions include helping students discover their learning strategies and building community in the classroom. She is empathetic towards learners who struggle with technology.

Melody Abarca-Millan

ESOL Instructor, Chemeketa Community College

Melody has been teaching English to speakers of other languages since 2011. She loves inspiring students to reach their dreams. In addition to teaching English, she has participated in creating and giving multiple trainings on technology for ESOL students and teachers and participated in various state learning standards projects.