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Olaf Böhlke, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of German; Director Hitchcock Language Resource Center (1998-2013)

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Hitchcock 110-C
Modern Languages & Literatures
Creighton University 
2500 California Plaza 
Omaha, NE 68178

Phone: (402) 280-2505
Fax: (402) 280-3703
E-Mail: bohlkeATcreighton.edu

Education:

  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI . Ph.D.  German Studies.
    Dissertation: "A Comparative Discourse Analysis of Output Produced by Learners of German in a Chatroom and Face-To-Face Discussion Group, and its Potential Implications for Foreign Language Instruction."
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. M.A. German Literature.
    Master Thesis: "Heroism and Intertextuality in Man in the Holocene." (Max Frisch).
  • University of Tübingen, Germany. Zwischenprüfung (B.A.)  Major: American Studies. Minors: English Literature and Modern History.

Course Offerings:

  • Creighton University:
    Contemporary German Literature after 1945
    The German Novelle
    The Multiplicity of German Culture: Cultural Differences & Marginality GER 568
    Studies in Contemporary German: The Last 25 Years
    Business German (GER 321)
    Beginning and Intermediate German GER 201
    Freshman Seminar
    Beginning and Intermediate Spanish, see SPN 102 and  SPN 201

  • Michigan State University:
    Beginning and Intermediate German
    GRM 202 special topic courses:
    Foreigners in Germany
    German Fairy Tales
    German Short Stories

  • Arizona State University:
    Beginning and Intermediate German.

Scholarly Activities:

Publications, Reviews, and Translations

  • "A Comparison of Student Participation Levels by Group Size and Language Stages During Chatroom and Face-To-Face Discussions in German," CALICO Journal 21.1 (2003).
  • "Adjective Production by Learners of German in Chatroom and Face-To-Face Discussions." Die Unterrichtspraxis 36.1 (2003).
  • Scholarly software review of VTrain. CALICO Journal (ISSN 0742-7778), available online (2003). URL: http://calico.org/CALICO_Review/review/vtrain00.htm .
  • Lovik, Thomas and Böhlke, Olaf. CD-ROM Computer Modules for Assessing Socio-Cultural Competence in German. Center for Language, Education and Research. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State U. Board of Trustees. URL: http://clear.msu.edu/store/moreinfo.php?product_ID=24 (2001, 2002 update).
    This CD-ROM program was reviewed by Donna C. Van Handle, Mount Holyoke College. URL: http://calico.org/CALICO_Review/review/clear00.htm (Overall evaluation 4 of 5).
  • Translation into German of professional CALICO document: "Scholarly Activities in Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Development, Pedagogical Innovations, and Research" CALICO http://calico.org/CALL_document.html (2001).

Presentations: Off-campus

  • "Verb Production by Students of German in Chatroom and Face-to-Face Discussions" Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), University of Ottawa, Canada, May 20-24, 2003.
  • "What did you learn in school today? Implications and Discussions of the PISA Study in German." European Studies Conference at University of Nebraska in Omaha, October 10-12, 2002.
  • "Using Concept Maps for Modern Language Learning." Co-presenter with María Mena-Böhlke. Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), University of California at Davis, March 26-30, 2002.
  • "On-line Chatroom Tools in Blackboard and WebCT." MidWest Association for Language Learning Technology (MWALLT), Luther College, Decorah, IA, October 19-20, 2001.
  • "Examining Curricular Expectations: Student Performances in Intermediate German Class." A panel discussion made to American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Boston, November 17--19, 2000.
  • "The Influence of a graphically enhanced chatroom (authentic pictures; role-play; and props) on the discourse of learners in German." Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), University of Arizona in Tucson, May 30 - June 3, 2000 .
  • "A Comparative Discourse Analysis of Output Produced by 63 Learners of German in a Chatroom and Face-to-Face Discussion Groups, and its Potential Impact for Foreign Language Instruction." Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), Miami State University, OH, June 1-5, 1999.
  • "Assessing Socio-Cultural Competence in German." Graduate student conference on Reconceptualizing the German Classroom, Georgetown University, March 1998.
  • "Assessing Cultural Competence in German With Computers." Co-presenter with Prof. Thomas Lovik, Michigan State University. Michigan Foreign Language Association (MFLA), Troy, Michigan, October 1997.
  • "Das Deutschlandbild einer Immigrantin in Herta Müllers Reisende auf einem Bein." Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Michigan State University, March 1994.

Presentations: On-campus

  • "Online Synchronous Concept Mapping Software," Panel discussion at Media Munchies, Instructional Technology, Creighton University, May 3, 2002.
  • "Students' Participation in Chatrooms with Groups of 4 and 5 Students, and a Comparison of Verb Conjugation between Chatroom and Speaking Mode," at the Departmental Research Forum of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Creighton University, November 9, 2001.
  • "Text Tracks and Chapter Tracks in QuicktimePro Movies," Media Munchies, Instructional Technology, Creighton University, October 26, 2001.
  • "Technology and creative TAs in the language classroom." Co-presenter with Prof. Thomas Lovik, Michigan State University. Conference on Teaching and Learning, East Lansing, Michigan, February 1996.

Research Interests:

Computer Mediated Communication (CMC)
Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
Socio cultural assessment
German culture and educational system
Web-based language learning
Student-learning assessment techniques