November 15, 2010

DiLL at Scholarly Resources Forum

Zachary Schneirov and Matthew Taylor will present the MMLC's DiLL software at an upcoming Scholarly Resources Forum taking place in the Forum Room of the NU Library.

Date: Monday, Nov. 22nd
Time: 3:00pm.

For more information and to register, please read more on the Scholarly Resources and Technology Series web site.

At the event, the MMLC will present a brief history of language lab technology, the benefits of language lab activities for effective language and cultural bridge building, and the motivation and design behind Northwestern’s custom-developed digital language lab solution, DiLL. Following this presentation, they will demonstrate DiLL’s teacher and student views on projection screens. Members of the Northwestern faculty who are active DiLL users will then discuss how they use the software in their instruction and comment on the effects.

Posted by mmlcadmin at 01:12 PM

MMLC Welcomes Parents

The MMLC opened its doors Friday afternoon to those wishing to know more about innovations in language learning. Parents of Weinberg students attending Northwestern's Family Weekend were invited to test-drive the department's online projects, tour its facilities, and discuss language instruction in the College with representatives from the Council on Language Instruction.

Representing the Council on Language Instruction were Yumi Shiojima (PAAL), Denise Meuser (German), and John Paluch (German).

Parents meet with faculty in the MMLC lab

Parents meet with MMLC staff member Zachary Schneirov (left)

CLI members Yumi Shiojima and Denise Meuser browse MMLC projects.

Posted by mmlcadmin at 12:27 PM

When SafeRide Becomes ScienceRide

The MMLC is happy to present the premier episode of ScienceRide, a new show that puts Northwestern students' science knowledge to the test when they least expect it: while hopping into the back seat of a campus shuttle van.

Michael Kennedy, head of Science in Society, a Northwestern University outreach initiative that aims to connect science to the community, wanted to find a new and fun way to engage students, to get them thinking and talking about science. Taking inspiration from Discovery Channel's Cash Cab, Kennedy envisioned a similar show that could take place using Northwestern's SafeRide student shuttle service.

Just after stepping in to a campus SafeRide escort van, students are asked if they would like to play to win by correctly answering 3 out of 5 questions. The prize? Science-themed of course!

(Watch in High Definition at YouTube)

To realize his vision for the show, Kennedy requested assistance from the MMLC and Media Architect Mark Schaefer, with whom he had previously collaborated on many video projects.

Over several weeks, Schaefer developed and a comprehensive production system involving specialized camera equipment and custom rigging in order to address the unique challenges of filming in a moving vehicle: a space that is , tightly confined, difficult to light, and subject to intense vibration.

Post-production efforts were equally intense and involved careful color correction, creative and engaging editing, and the design of an entire suite of custom motion graphics animated just for the show.

Read more about ScienceRide and view an earlier pilot episode at the Science in Society Blog.

Posted by mmlcadmin at 12:05 PM