L2DL Symposium: Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange

a hybrid symposium on research and practice

October 19th - 24th, 2020


Accessible entirely online, the L2 Digital Literacies Symposium (L2DL) was a biennial international event offering an array of synchronous and asynchronous sessions that allow academics to make connections across the globe. In 2020, the conference focused upon the theme of Critical Transnational Dialogue and Virtual Exchange, and explored intersections between international education, digital literacies, and virtual exchange.

Virtual presentations selected from submitted proposals were available during the week of October 19-24, and attendees were encouraged to participate in synchronous and asynchronous discussion that took place through October 23; professional development credentials were provided for presenters and attendees who participated in these activities. The symposium culminated in livestreamed, invited presentations on October 23 and 24.

Learn more about the speakers here.

Although the submission period has now closed, you can still view the full Call for Proposals for Virtual Presentations. The submission deadline was June 7, 2020.

Registration closed at 11:59 pm MST on October 20, 2020.

Symposium Schedule, all times MST (Arizona time)

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October 19-24: Virtual Presentations Online

  • All recorded, virtual presentations were available to view all week at times convenient to the attendee, with asynchronous discussion throughout the week.
  • Synchronous discussions with selected authors were scheduled at various times throughout the week:
    • 9 am – 11 am on Tuesday, October 20
    • 10 am – 1 pm on Wednesday, October 21
    • 9 am – 11 am Thursday, October 22
  • Virtual presentation summaries and the live discussion schedule are on the Virtual Presentations page


October 23-24: Livestreamed Events, all MST

On the 23rd and 24th, the following presentations were accessible, live, to registered attendees. Abstracts and presenter bios are on the invited speakers page.

Friday, October 23, Live Sessions, all MST:
10:00 – 10:15 am Introduction: Chantelle Warner (CERCLL Co-Director, University of Arizona) and Liudmila Klimanova (University of Arizona)
10:15 – 11:15 am Shannon Sauro (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Measuring the Impact of Virtual Exchange: Student Learning Outcomes from the EVOLVE Project 
11:15 am – 11:30 am Break
11:30 am – 1 pm Panel 1: Online Education during Times of Crisis: Challenges of Teaching during COVID-19. Presenters: Inés Lozano Palacio (University of La Rioja); María Asunción Barreras Gómez (University of La Rioja); Nolvia Cortez Roman (Universidad de Sonora); Damian Romero (University of Arizona). Chaired by  Carmen King de Ramirez (University of Arizona).
1:00 – 1:30 pm Networking Room #1 – “We Are All in This Together”: Sharing experiences of teaching during COVID


Saturday, October 24, Live Sessions, all MST:
9:45 – 10:00 am Opening remarks: Liudmila Klimanova (University of Arizona) and Carmen King (University of Arizona)
10:00 – 11:00 am Jonathon Reinhardt (University of Arizona), Social Media for Virtual Exchange: Exploring Relationships between Tools and Practices
11:00 – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Jhonatan Henao-Muñoz, Daniela Torres, and Valentina Vinokurova (University of Arizona), State of the Field: Commentary on Digital Presentations 
12:00 -12:45 pm Networking Room #2: International Partnership Pair
12:45 – 1:00 pm Break
1:00 – 2:15 pm Panel 2: Critical Virtual Exchange: What does “Critical” Mean? Presenters: D. Joseph Cunningham (Georgetown University); Francesca Helm (University of Padova); Carmen King Ramirez (University of Arizona); Liudmila Klimanova (University of Arizona).
2:15 – 3:00 pm Networking Room #3: Digital Divides and Telecollaboration



L2DL 2020 is the fourth event in a biennial series that examines various roles of digital literacies in language learning. Presentations and resources from the 2014, 2016 and 2018 symposia can be found on the menu bar, above.

The L2DL 2020 Organizing Committee is composed of the following members, all at the University of Arizona: Liudmila Klimanova (Chair, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies); Carmen King de Ramirez (Department of Spanish and Portuguese); Kate Mackay (CERCLL Assistant Director); Valentina Vinokurova (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program); Chantelle Warner (CERCLL Co-Director, Department of German Studies).

The L2DL 2020 Scientific Committee includes:

Olga Aksakalova (LaGuardia College)
Margherita Berti (University of Arizona)
Adriana Betancur (University of Arizona)
Jill Castek (University of Arizona)
Julieta Fernandez (University of Arizona)
Yiting Han (University of Arizona)
Lauren Harvey (University of Arizona)
Mirijam Hauck (Open University)
Emily Hellmich (University of Arizona)
Carmen King de Ramirez (University of Arizona)
Liudmila Klimanova (University of Arizona)
Ana Oscoz (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
Damian Romero (University of Arizona)
Müge Satar (Newcastle University)
Marta Tecedor Cabrero (Arizona State University)
Joshua Thoms (Utah State University)
Chelsea Timlin (Brown University)
Raychel Vasseur (Texas Tech University)
Margarita Vinagre (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Valentina Vinokurova (University of Arizona)
Chantelle Warner (University of Arizona)

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This event is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education that supports the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) and organized with the Technology-Enhanced Language Learning Initiative. It is sponsored by the College of HumanitiesCollege of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program, and other units at the University of Arizona.

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