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Better ways to TEACH

You just finished teaching another exhilarating class. Student participation was great, with almost everyone vigorously debating issues of interculture. You assigned homework from the textbook, but you want more for your students. You want to bring the target language and culture into your course and help students really connect with it both in and out of class.

But how?

The Language Resource Center helps you to explore and apply novel, creative, and effective teaching strategies using emerging educational technologies.Whether you want to build a community of inquiry with blogs, videoconferencing, virtual worlds, or new media, we can help you find creative tools to teach more effectively.

Technology Roundtable
The LRC's Technology Roundtable brings instructors and faculty together to provide insight into best practices for deploying technology into language teaching. Invited speakers demonstrate practices ranging from social media to online language assessment to the reconceptualization of the humanities in the digital age. Streaming video and supporting material is available for recent lectures.

Instructional Technology Workshops
The LRC offers curricular support for language technology as a method of enriching instruction and encouraging the productivity of pedagogical outcomes for faculty. To that end, the Center offers an assortment of language technology workshops for faculty throughout the year. Recent workshops include introductions to the use of blogs and wikis in language courses, the incorporation of Blackboard Collaborate Voice Authoring into oral assessment practices and the use of screen capture software in cultural exchanges as a means of engaging students in reflective activities.

Online Tutorials
The LRC offers comprehensive online tutorials for MFLL faculty who would like to incorporate various software or social networking tools withing their courses.

Videoconferencing
The LRC uses and explores a number of platforms and pedagogical frameworks for videoconferencing and telecollaboration in the foreign language curriculum. The Center frequently conducts in-class telecollaborations with sister courses from around the world, in-class two-on-two desktop videoconferencing, hosted discussion forums, and academic conference sessions via H323 and P2P videoconferencing.

Media
The LRC aspires to accommodate faculty media needs whenever possible. To that end, we offer faculty the ability to request DVD rentals, reserve equipment and materials, and place film, software and other content orders for use by courses in the Center. Equipment and material can also be checked-out or ordered at the LRC main desk in LRC G001B.

Room Reservations
The LRC also aims to fulfill faculty resource needs whenever possible. To that end, we offer faculty the ability to reserve LRC rooms, equipment and materials. Faculty who would like to use the LRC's technologically enhanced facilities for class meetings, film screenings or other events may make room reservations online.

Digitization Services
The LRC provides a wide array of digitization services to MFLL faculty for self use or by our staff on a time-available basis. Core services include scanning of paper and negative-based materials into electronic text or digital images; conversion of analog audio and videotapes; encoding/transcoding of audio and video to streaming media formats; and CD/DVD duplication.

Collaboration
The LRC frequently consults with faculty to enhance instructional goals, but we also partner with individual faculty, teams of faculty or entire language sections for special projects that require collaboration. The LRC offers a range of consultation, technical and logistical support for projects that support language or cultural competence. We currently collaborate with the French and Spanish sections in their efforts to hybridize introductory courses.

Assessment
The LRC delivers informed advice and resources for instructors and language sections looking to advance the assessment of language aptitude. The Center is available to assist in researching, identifying, and developing instruments for the purposes of student assessment, course placement, and other initiatives. We also offer a Language Assessment Center that serves to securely assess student competence outside of the classroom environment.


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