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  • Writing for the Web   7 years 46 weeks ago

    If you're interested in further reading, Profhacker provides a brief summary of Jakob Nielson's research on Writing for the Web, while adding a few related thoughts for academics on blogging and getting noticed by search engines.

    My favorite part of their post highlights some good advice from an article called "Writing for the Living Web":

    • write for a reason
    • write tight
    • make good friends (“take special care to acknowledge the good work
      and good ideas of other writers”)
  • LSS Welcomes Jonathan Klein   7 years 50 weeks ago

    From a newbie to a newer newbie: welcome to LSS!

  • LSS Welcomes Jonathan Klein   7 years 51 weeks ago

    Glad you're here, Jonathan!

  • LSS Welcomes Antonella Caloro   8 years 3 weeks ago

    Welcome back Anto! We're so happy to have you back on the LSS Team!

  • LSS Welcomes Antonella Caloro   8 years 3 weeks ago

    Gald you're here, Anto!

  • Instructor Training for Audacity Audio Software   8 years 6 weeks ago

    This was a great workshop. Thanks, Chad!

  • Jim Armbrecht: Gone Fishin’   8 years 13 weeks ago

    Why? Is he in trouble?

    Just kidding. Yes, it is the same Jim Armbrecht.

  • Jim Armbrecht: Gone Fishin’   8 years 13 weeks ago

    Just wondering if this is the same Jim Armbrecht that worked for General Recorded Tape in Sunnyvale, CA in the 1960s?

  • Video Editing Help Available at LSS   8 years 17 weeks ago

    These are great tutorials David!

  • LSS Foreign Film Collection Continues to Grow   8 years 19 weeks ago

    It is great to see this collection growing! I'm curious what the most popular films are this summer. It would be fun to see what this summer's block-buster foreign films are in the Learning Lab!

  • April 1st Streaming Event: Dante in Ireland   8 years 26 weeks ago

    I was wondering if a transcript of the uncovered limaricca will be made available to the general public via this website. Thanks to Dr. Kleinhenz for a provocative and stimulating presentation

  • LSS Welcomes Shahin Izadi   8 years 35 weeks ago

    Looks like LSS got another good one!! Welcome to LSS.

  • LSS Welcomes Shahin Izadi   8 years 35 weeks ago

    Welcome to the LSS team, Shahin! What do you think about an LSS showing of some of your video work? I think the vimeo link David posted is super!

  • Free LSS Workshops: Videotaping lessons for teaching portfolios   8 years 37 weeks ago

    Since several of you have requested a second offering, we have scheduled another workshop on videorecording your lesson.

    Monday, March 30

    3-4pm

    294 Van Hise Hall

    please email barbara@lss.wisc.edu to reserve a space in this workshop!

  • Art on Display in the LSS Learning Lab   8 years 40 weeks ago

    Happy to see the walls in the DLL turn into a gallery space. Looks great!

  • Using Games in the Language, Literature and Linguistics Classroom   8 years 42 weeks ago

    Hi Chris - thanks for the question. I really should have explained what the flyswatter game is in the workshop! In fact, if we'd had more time, we could have started off the workshop with a bit of flyswatting! That would have been a great warm-up, and an excellent lead-in to a discussion of the varied roles that gaming can play in teaching.

    There are a number of pages online that describe how to play the game. Here's a description of the flyswatter game from the BBC. And here are a couple of news articles, one from the Ventura Country Star, and another from the Harvard University Gazette with pictures of kids playing the game.

    Happy flyswatting!

  • Using Games in the Language, Literature and Linguistics Classroom   8 years 42 weeks ago

    P.S. Where I can I view the famous flyswatter game??

    - Chris

  • Using Games in the Language, Literature and Linguistics Classroom   8 years 42 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for putting on this event, LSS folks! I appreciated being included. My favorite part of my job is listening to faculty who love teaching talk about it.

    We've clarified the Simulations & Games Round 2 schedule on the Engage webpage, and I wanted to update it in my above note, too.

    Stage 1: Initial Idea - Jan. 13 - Feb. 16, 2009 @12:00 noon
    Stage 2: Two-Page Preliminary Proposal - Feb. 17 - March 31, 2009
    * Invited proposals announced - May 29, 2009
    Stage 3: Full Proposal - July 1 - July 31, 2009
    * Awardees announced - Sept. 1, 2009
    Stage 4: Design and Development - Sept. 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

  • Using Games in the Language, Literature and Linguistics Classroom   8 years 42 weeks ago

    A quick note to say that our workshop coincided with a weeklong education support faire in Second Life. The event ends today, but the Support Faire page on the 2L wiki provides a good list of resources and information, including presentation abstracts, and links to discussions on the presenter's blogs.

    Here's the abstract for today's event:

    Friday, January 30, 2009

    4:00pm Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2009 SL Conference (PPS) - Faire (33, 143, 35)
    Presenter: Phelan Corrimal
    Abstract:
    From March 27th to March 29th, 2009 - the education community of Second
    Life will be hosting a 3 day conference on best practices in education.
    This conference will promote the best and brightest from the Second
    Life education community in various fields of practice including
    everything from demonstrations to hands on theory.

  • Using Games in the Language, Literature and Linguistics Classroom   8 years 42 weeks ago

    Hi Everyone,

    Just a quick note to say thanks for coming and to offer my appologies for having to cut out early (I had a make-up test to give at 4pm). 

    If you're interested in Second Life, I'm no expert but I'd be glad to show you around. Also, once in Second Life, there are many people (virtual people that is) who are happy to mentor new-comers.  To find your Second Life Community Volunteer, start here:  http://secondlife.com/community/volunteer.php

    Merci!

    Andrew Irving

  • Using Games in the Language, Literature and Linguistics Classroom   8 years 42 weeks ago

    Ah HA!

    I didn't know where the add new comment link was earlier! I'm very pleased to hear this session is being videorecorded!

     

  • Using Games in the Language, Literature and Linguistics Classroom   8 years 42 weeks ago

     

    Simulations & Games 2009

    December 10, 2008 - February 16, 2009 @ 12:00 noon.

    Need an interactive solution to a teaching or learning challenge?

    Games
    and simulations offer the opportunity for students to learn through
    meaningful activity. Engage is offering a second round of opportunities
    for faculty, instructional staff and teaching assistants who are
    seeking an interactive solution to disciplinary teaching or learning
    challenges to explore and experiment with developing simulations and/or
    games for learning.

    Round Two of Engaging to Learn:
    Simulations & Games will begin December 10, 2008. Proposals will be
    solicited in a 4-stage process:

    Stage 1: Initial Idea - open Dec. 10, 2008 - February 16, 2009 @ 12:00 noon
    Stage 2: Two-Page Preliminary Proposal - January 13 - March 31, 2009
    Stage 3: Invited proposals announced - May 29, 2009
    Stage 4: Design and Development - July 2009 - June 2010

    Solutions
    should be for use in timetable courses or as part of the Wisconsin
    Experience (for example, with Freshmen Interest Groups) or in the
    Writing Center. You can see some of the current projects we are working
    on here.

    Questions? Call 262-5667 or e-mail us and mention Simulations & Games 2009.

    Who should apply:

    UW-Madison faculty, instructional staff, and teaching assistants with:
    1.) an idea or concept for a simulation or game, and
    2.) an interest in experimenting with creative and innovative
    approaches to teaching and learning with simulations and games, and
    3.) an interest in collaborating with an Engage team of designers, developers, and evaluators.

    What is the award?

    During
    Stage 1, we ask you to complete a short form to submit your idea and
    register for a Design Orientation. The Design Orientation will prepare
    you to submit the two page preliminary proposal for Stage 2 by March 31.

    Selected
    applicants will be invited to submit a proposal for Stage 3. If you've
    been invited to Stage 3, you will work with Engage staff to further
    develop your idea. This work can then be submitted to Stage 4.
    Simulations and games selected for Stage 4 will enter Engage's
    iterative design and development process.

    Application:

    Submit
    your idea and let us know when you are available for a design
    orientation. http://engage.doit.wisc.edu/sims_games/application.php

     

    Engage will hold two Design Orientations whose purpose is to
    help you further develop your idea(s) in preparation for Stage Two, the
    two-page proposal. The content of each orientation is the same - we are
    only asking you to attend one session, but please check all dates you
    could attend. We will e-mail you to confirm your Design Orientation
    date:

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Thursday, February 19th, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Questions? Contact engage or call us at 262-5667 and mention Simulations & Games 2009.                 

     

     

  • A New Website for a New Year   8 years 42 weeks ago

    John, Read, and Dianna,

    Thanks for your kind words, and for submitting our first collection of comments! We're all glad the site is working well for people so far, and we're also looking forward to seeing it evolve!

    Doug

  • Using Games in the Language, Literature and Linguistics Classroom   8 years 42 weeks ago

    Games and Sims Title SlideHi everyone! I'm looking forward to this discussion about the potential for games and simulations in language learning at UW-Madison.

    My goal will be to quickly guide you through some interesting projects at other schools and universities that I've come across at conferences, and in conversations with colleagues.

    These projects show language instructors using games and simulations in a variety of different contexts, and suggest many opportunities for exploration.

    Here are some resources and references from my part of the workshop:

    If you have feedback on the workshop, questions, or comments, please add them here! Our hope is that we'll be able to continue the conversation!

     

  • A New Website for a New Year   8 years 43 weeks ago

    Dear LSS,

    The new website is FABULOUS!  I love the design, the functionality, and the content.  Great work!

    Your fan,
    Dianna

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