William Pellowe



William Pellowe is an Associate Professor at Kindai University's campus in Fukuoka Prefecture, where he has been teaching since 2000. He has served as JALT's Director of Public Relations since 2019, and he has been doing the PanSIG website at http://pansig.org since 2017.


College and University Educators Using Text Chat to Increase Participation and Engagement more

Sat, Jul 9, 15:15-15:40 Asia/Tokyo

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused an upheaval in tertiary education, with many classes either going online or becoming hybrid. Students participating in classes through Zoom often report "Zoom fatigue" and a loss of interest and motivation. Some students reportedly "ghost" classes, appearing in name only. In in-person classes, one effective technique to maintain student interest and attention is to periodically ask multiple-choice questions, and have all students respond simultaneously with response cards or through an online answer system. While there are many ways to replicate this during Zoom classes, there are several advantages to eliciting student answers via DM (direct message) in the chat. It is an easy way to elicit a variety of answer types (multiple choice, words, or phrases). DM is low risk; students' answers are invisible to the other students, so no student sticks out. DMs are motivating because the students know that the teacher sees their name alongside their answers. Zoom chat can be saved, thus preserving records of each student's participation. Finally, while these questions are best planned beforehand, DMs can be used spontaneously. This practice-oriented workshop will include a demonstration of how to analyze the chat transcript for quantitative and qualitative participation data.

William Pellowe

Networking JALT Officer Support Meeting more

Sun, Jul 10, 15:05-16:05 Asia/Tokyo

JALT's Officer Support Committee (OSC) was created to help orient new officers and support current officers in JALT’s SIGs, chapters, and committees. This session will be partially an introduction to the resources available to JALT officers, and partially a Q&A / troubleshooting session. If you're a JALT officer (or curious about becoming one), you are welcome to this meeting.

William Pellowe Grant Osterman Chelanna White Emily Choong Jon Thomas Mehrasa Alizadeh