LRC News: August 23, 2013

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:

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:

This 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 ( 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

Help 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.

Don't 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 ( or email


Workshops and Other Class Support

Planning 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

The 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 say:

"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 media format."


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

The 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


Call for Proposals: NECTFL 2014

  • Boston, March 27-30, 2014

The 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:


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 26:


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