About Rich Internet Applications (RIAs)
The goal of the Rich Internet Applications project is to create tools that are informed by language acquisition research, and engage language learners in active learning.
Using our Rich Internet Applications toolset, incorporating speaking and listening into your language class is easier and more flexible than ever! The tools can be used in many different ways: for in-class activities, student projects, homework, or assessment. Because they are tools, not completed materials, they will work with your textbook, language, and level. RIA is a way to help you easily integrate technology into your language class.
The programs are free to use. The project is funded by a US Department of Education grant, and managed by the Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University.
The Rich Internet Applications tools run in your web browser. Nothing to download or install! Audio recording and playback happens through the Flash player, which is free and available for all common platforms and browsers.
Rich Internet Applications: Audio and Video Dropbox, Conversations, and Mashups
This video is a recording of a live streamed workshop given by Scott Sterling for the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at Michigan State University. It was given on 26 November 2013.
Checking Your Audio Settings
These programs make heavy use of audio recording. You can check to see if your computer is configured properly by using a demo voice recorder.
Note Regarding iOS Support for RIAs
Many of you have asked us about adding support to the RIAs for iOS devices such as the iPad. We are making plans to enhance the RIAs with HTML5 web standards that will enable you to create and manage your RIA learning tools on your iPad. Thank you for your support and we look forward to providing you with these enhancements in the coming months.