January 23, 2012

Summer Lab Reservations Due

It's hard to believe, but despite the snow on the ground we are working on the summer reservations for the computer labs of Kresge 1-301 and 1-315.

It's hard to believe, but despite the snow on the ground we are working on the summer reservations for the computer labs of Kresge 1-301 and 1-315.

If you hope to use a lab at all for your summer language courses, please send the following information as soon as you are able:

  • the name and number of the course

  • the day or days of the week you would like to use a lab

  • the time of the reservation, i.e. from 10 to 11 a.m.

  • whether this is a six or nine-week course

Even if you don't yet know the exact dates when you hope to use a lab, please send the time of day that you will request (i.e. from 10 to 11 a.m.) and the days of the week that your course meets, which will give me at least an overview of potential demand.

Send room reservation requests to: Ann Marshall (a-marshall (@) northwestern.edu)

Posted by matt at 03:52 PM

iPad Study in Full Swing

Together with the WCAS Hewlett Fund for Curricular Innovation, has provided support to a study led by Department of German Professor Franziska Lys, evaluating the merits and effectiveness of the iPad as a language learning tool. This quarter, the study continues and expands to include two additional faculty and courses from the Program of African and Asian Languages: Hong Jiang (Chinese I) and Chunsheng Yang (Accelerated Chinese II).

The study began last fall with Professor Lys's own 300-level German conversation course where the students quickly found the iPad to be an invaluable tool for both consuming authentic material and creating meaningful and media-rich responses within the target language.

With the addition of Chinese I and Chinese II courses, the scope of the study broadens not only to include an additional language, but also now includes a wider variety of levels, where the iPad can be used to teach Chinese characters and specific nuances of the vocabulary. As an added benefit, the courses, which are multi-section courses, offer the opportunity to conduct a more rigorous assessment of the technology, facilitating experiment and control groups with respect to iPad access.

Faculty participants of the study each receive an iPad to assist with the planning and management of an iPad-enabled course that then remains theirs to use, beyond the study, in additional courses.

For more information about the study and for information about how to apply, visit the MMLC iPad project page:
http://www.mmlc.northwestern.edu/ipads/

Posted by matt at 03:46 PM