Dr. Felix Kronenberg joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rhodes College as Assistant Professor and Director of the Language Learning Center in the summer of 2009. He held a similar position at Pomona College in the 4 years prior to his arrival at Rhodes.
Dr. Kronenberg research and professional interests include the design of physical learning spaces (especially language learning centers) and virtual and hybrid learning spaces, especially video games and digital storytelling, blended learning, and program building. Dr. Kronenberg, who edited the book Language Center Design in 2011 and who designed the new language centers at Pomona College and Rhodes College, is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Language Learning Spaces. He is the 2009 recipient of the Marie Sheppard Award by the International Association for Language Learning and Technology, a former fellow for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, and a former president of the SouthWest Association for Language Learning and Technology.
Spring/Summer 2015 projects and activities include:
- Invited presentation for the Learning Spaces Collaboratory: "Adapting Classrooms for Student-centered, Individualized, and Technologically-supported Pedagogies" (Link)
- Invited presentations at Union College (Schenectady, NY)and at Walsh University (Canton, OH)
- 2014/15 Innovation Fellow (Mellon Grant)
- Development of a Maymester Program in Germany
- Presentation and workshop at IALLT/FLEAT at Harvard University
- Book Project: "From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of Language Center Design"
Notable projects and activities for the 2014 calendar year include:
- Hosted the AALAC grant workshop at Rhodes College on German hybrid learning modules
- ACS Blended Learning Grant project: hybridizing the German program
- 2014/15 Innovation Fellow (Mellon Grant)
- Invited presentations at Grinnell College, Oberlin College, the University of Memphis, and Hendrix College (through ACS)
Dr. Kronenberg has presented extensively on various issues involving language learning and technology at regional, national, and international conferences. He has been a consultant and invited speaker for various colleges and universities internationally and nationally (Grinnell College, Oberlin College, New College of Florida, the University of Memphis, Wheaton College, St. Lawrence University, Illinois Wesleyan University, International University of Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast) to build a language center for the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA); Grinnell College, Oberlin College, and more) and has provided numerous workshops and professional development opportunities for language teachers and professors. He gave the Inauguration Keynote Presentation for the New Language Learning Center at Willamette University in 2012, the keynote address for the FLTP (Foreign Language Technology Program) at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2013, and was the plenary panelist ("The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World") at ACTFL 2013. (See more)
Dr. Kronenberg received his B.A., M.A. in English and History, a postgraduate certificate in Teaching German as a Foreign Language, and his doctorate degree (Dr. phil.) from the University of Regensburg in Germany. His dissertation was entitled “From Trade Cards to the Internet: Depiction of Germans and Germany in American Advertising.”
GERM 101 (Elementary German)
GERM 102 (Elementary German)
GERM 201 (Intermediate German)
GERM 202 (Intermediate German)
GERM 240/340 German Cinema
GERM 301 (Composition and Conversation)
GERM 302 (Advanced Reading Comprehension)
GERM409 (taught as independent study)
LANG151 (Stereotypes in Advertising)
Kronenberg, F. A. (2014). Language Center Design and Management in the Post-Language Laboratory Era. IALLT Journal, 44(1), 1-16.
Kronenberg, F. A. (2014). Extending the Classroom: Digital Micro-Narratives for Novice Language Learners. Dimensions, 124-134..
Kronenberg, F. A. (2013). The LLC and public relations: Promoting the language learning center. In IALLT Management Manual (pp. 121–132). International Association for Language Learning and Technology.
Kronenberg, F. A. (2013). Computer games as agentive and immersive spaces for language learners. In B. Bigl & S. Stoppe (Eds.), Playing with virtuality, theories and methods of computer game studies (pp. 313–332). Peter Lang.
Kronenberg, F. A. (2013). Technology and the changing nature of narrative in L2 learning and teaching. In L. A. Wankel & P. Blessinger (Eds.), Increasing student engagement and retention using multimedia technologies: Video annotation, multimedia applications, videoconferencing and transmedia storytelling, Cutting-edge technologies in higher education (Vol. 6, pp. 95–119). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Kronenberg, F. A. (2012). Selection criteria for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) video games for language learning. IALLT Journal, 42(2), 52–78.
Kronenberg, F. A. (2011). Language centers at small institutions. In F. A. Kronenberg (Ed.), Language Center Design (pp. 83–94). International Association for Language Learning and Technology.
Kronenberg, F. A. (Ed.). (2011). Language center design. Moorhead, MN: International Association for Language Learning and Technology.
Kronenberg, F. A. (2008). From trade cards to the internet: Depiction of Germans and Germany in American advertising. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://epub.uni-regensburg.de/10696/
Baumann, C., & Kronenberg, F. A. (2003). Schwarzfahrer. Mitte: Zeitschrift für Interkulturelle Begegnung, 1(2), 198–222.
Kronenberg, F. A. (2003). Eine Liebesgeschichte – oder: Die Wahrnehmung des Anderen in Libuše Moníkovás Verklärte Nacht. Mitte: Zeitschrift für Interkulturelle Begegnung, 1(2), 23–26.