Doug has an extensive background in French instruction via hybrid courses with significant online modules . His research explores music and videoclips as catalysts for the Chomskyan "Language Acquisition Device", the creation of discourse and gaming communities for language instruction and research, and the leveraging of open-source and low-affect technologies in language resource centers.
Canfield is a member of the International Assocation for Language Learning Technology (IALLT), the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Among his other scholarly works, he was awarded a highly competitive Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for the summer of 2010. His proposed study is titled "Authentic encounters in synthetic worlds: A discursive investigation of communities of language practice in the Metaverse."
Supervising a fine team of student assistants, his goals include fostering the use of technology for instruction, communication, collaboration, and recreation.
- A.B.D., Instructional Technology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dissertation Topic: Discourse analysis of Language communities in virtual worlds. Ph.D. expected in May 2014.
- M.A. in French Literature, Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1992.