Language Resource Center News
August 23, 2013
In this edition:
- Moodle Workshops: 8/27 and 8/29
- Streaming Video Requests
- LRC Tours or Class Visits
- Workshops and Other Class Support
- Digital Narratives in Language Classes featured in MHC Update for Families and Friends:
- Upcoming Regional Events
Moodle Workshops: 8/27 and 8/29
There is one more orientation to Moodle workshop available before the start of the semester:
Introduction to Moodle Workshop, Thu August 29, 10 AM-12 PM, LRC Lab (Ciruti Center Room 6)
If you're completely new to Moodle, this is the best workshop for you. You can RSVP for this workshop here: http://bit.ly/ZSQrWw
We are also doing a more in-depth Moodle Activities and Moodle Grades workshop next week in the LRC:
- Moodle Activities and Moodle Grades, Tue August 27, 10 AM-12 PM, LRC Lab (Ciruti Center Room 6)
We'll be focusing on Moodle Activities from 10-11 am, and then
doing hands on set-up of grades from 11 am-12 pm. Feel free to come for
one or both parts. You can RSVP for this workshop here:
If you're not able to attend these workshops but would like some
additional help with Moodle, please don't hesitate to contact the LRC or
your RIS liaison to set up an appointment.
Reminder: Streaming Video Requests
A reminder of important information about streaming videos from LITS:
summer we have transitioned to a new video streaming service for videos
on course reserve. The new system should provide improved performance, a
more versatile video player, and is compatible with mobile devices.
Once we are up and running, we expect turnaround on video requests to be
faster and more reliable than in the past.
The transition means that we may have to do some work to reload videos you have used in previous semesters. If you have not yet done so, please submit all of your streaming video requests through the Video Request Form (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/find/video_request_form) as soon as possible,
to give us a chance to process your requests in time for classes this
fall. (Note: even if these films have been streamed previously, please
submit them again so that they can be streamed with the new system.)
Contact your RIS liaison if you have any questions. Thanks!
LRC Tours and Class Visits
us introduce students to the resources available to them through the
LRC! Each semester, we try to connect with as many language courses as
possible to make students aware of the resources and support that the
LRC offers. Would you be willing to have an LRC staff member visit your
class to make a short introduction? Please let us know what days/times
work for your course, and we will schedule a visit. Alternatively, we'd
also be glad to have your class visit the LRC for a brief tour.
forget that the LRC's facilities are available for you to reserve: use
the LRC lab for in-class activities on the computers, reserve the
multimedia studios for oral exams or multimedia project work, or
schedule a film screening in the LRC Lounge. Submit a reservation
through the online form (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/lrc/reservelrc) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops and Other Class Support
a special project for your courses this semester? Would you like
support in introducing your students to specific technology or other
language-learning strategies? Contact the LRC to discuss support needs for your students and courses.
Digital Narratives in Language Classes featured in MHC Update for Families and Friends
work that many faculty have been doing with digital narratives in
language courses recently received some positive recognition in the
college's email Update for Family and Friends. Here's what they had to
"Practice a second (or third) language over the summer...
Our faculty have begun to incorporate digital narrative projects into
their courses as an opportunity for students to stretch and grow their
language skills while learning to effectively communicate in this new
Upcoming Regional Events
NERALLT Fall Conference
- Flip, but Don't Flop: Managing the Mix of In-Class and Online Language Learning
- Saint Anselm College - Manchester, NH, October 24-25
theme for the New England Regional Association for Language Learning
Technology Fall 2013 conference will focus on the ways the flipped
classroom model is changing how languages are taught and learned.
Session proposals are are being accepted until September 9; submit your
proposal here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wbDhg-w-45kV2rVkWoDz6qtHXPLYlsC08QiHyvHx-SQ/viewform?pli=1
Call for Proposals: NECTFL 2014
- Boston, March 27-30, 2014
Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is accepting
proposals until September 1 for 60-minute sessions, 2-hour teaching
labs, and 3-hour workshops, especially for: Arabic, Chinese, German,
Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, PreK-5, Middle School, and
Community College. Visit the NECTFL website to submit a proposal by
September 1: www.nectfl.org
ACTFL Seeks Mentors
Share your valuable insights and
experiences with a new teacher! ACTFL's 2013-2014 Mentor Program, is
designed to help early career language teachers succeed in their current
assignments and learn the skills to be successful long-term in their
careers. The mentoring will be conducted over e-mail and/or phone.
Mentors and mentees will be matched by needs, skills, and experiences.
To be considered as a Mentor you must have completed at least 3 years of
teaching. Applicants must currently have and maintain an ACTFL
membership for the duration of the program. Application deadline August
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