November 19, 2012

iPad Workshop Promotes Ideas

The MMLC held the second event of its Fall iPad series, a Hands-on Workshop, this past Monday, November 19. Faculty participants each received iPads pre-configured, ready to go. The workshop presented three sample activities as case studies to illustrate the communicative, collaborative, and creative capacities of the iPad, as well as its ability to facilitate reading, annotation, and presentation.

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The workshop was facilitated by the entire MMLC staff with special presentations from Mark Schaefer, Cecile-Anne Sison, and Matt Taylor. Mark discussed how the Camera and iMessage applications could be used for a collaborative activity on better understanding the use and possible origin of linguistic idioms. Cecile presented the virtues of the Doceri application and its abilities to navigate, record, and annotate live presentations. Matt discussed document hi-lighting and other ways of annotating PDFs along with methods for sharing documents using cloud services. Good Reader and Dropbox were shown as respective examples.

The MMLC invites all of its friends and colleagues to stay tuned for similarly exciting and engaging future events, including potentially longer-format events taking place on weekend dates where more in-depth exploration will be possible.

Posted by mmlcadmin at 07:22 PM

November 07, 2012

Fall iPad Orientation and Workshop Series

The MMLC proudly presents the 2012 Fall iPad Study Orientation and
Workshop series.

Please join the MMLC to learn more about iPad technology and the ongoing
study of iPad use in language courses over a two-part orientation and workshop series. At our first session (Monday, November 12, 3-4 pm) faculty can learn more about the parameters of the study, hear from past faculty participants, and have an opportunity to ask questions about the program and the application process.

Those wishing to learn more about the iPad itself by having an opportunity to explore its capacities will want to attend the second session, a hands-on workshop (Monday, November 19, 4-5 pm).

Either or both of these sessions will benefit those hoping to apply to use iPads in a Winter quarter course. Applications for Winter quarter are due one week after the second workshop, on November 26, 2012.

Session 1: Orientation and Update
Monday, November 12, 2012 3-4pm, Kresge 1-375/1-379
An overview of the study, with presentations from previous instructors of
language classes that have used the iPads. Followed by a brief Q&A.

Session 2: Workshop (registration required)
Monday, November 19, 2012 4pm, Kresge 1-375/1-379
Hands-on practice with the iPad ­learn how to navigate the technology and
better conceptualize ways it can be used in your own classes.

NOTE: Space is limited, to register for this event, please RSVP to Sarah Klusak, sklusak@northwestern.edu by 5pm Thursday 11/15/12

For more information on the iPad study, or to access the application forms, visit:
http://www.mmlc.northwestern.edu/ipads/

Posted by matt at 04:18 PM

New Services Coordinator joins MMLC

The MMLC is thrilled to welcome its newest employee, Sarah Klusak, to the position of Services Coordinator. Sarah will handle various aspects of the department's business and administrative operations, and will function as one of the department's key hubs of communication by helping to expand and keep up-to-date the departement's web and social media presence.

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Sarah Klusak learns the ropes during her first week at the MMLC

Sarah brings extensive business management experience to the unit. Before coming to the MMLC, she served 11 years as vice president at Aquarium Professionals Group, leading the company's business and finance operations, sales and service, and client and vendor relationships.

Working in the department, Sarah is enthusiastic to add to these skills new knowledge about the kinds of technologies the MMLC supports as well as the finer nuances working in a premier higher-education environment.

She will also probably know how to take excellent care of the MMLC's fish tanks!

Posted by matt at 03:39 PM