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Jim Armbrecht: Gone Fishin’

April 1, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

Jim ArmbrechtJim Armbrecht began working for Learning Support Services in 1974 when it was still known as the Laboratories for Recorded Instruction (LRI). He retired in December, 2008 after 34 years of service. Read more »

New mini video cameras in the L&S AV Pool: Kodak Zi6

March 30, 2009 by Doug Worsham

Kodak Zi6The Kodak Zi6, a highly portable, easy to use video camera, is now available for checkout in the L&S AV Pool. We're excited to see the many ways instructors will use these cameras to support teaching and learning. Read more »

Slideshow: Authentic, Intercultural, Professional Communication in Prof. Janet Caulkins' French 313

March 24, 2009 by Janet Caulkins

Students enrolled in French 313: Professional Communication and Culture in the Francophone World had a once in a lifetime experience when their professor Janet Caulkins introduced them to Dr. Pascal Baudry. Baudry is author of Français et Américains, l’autre rive, an influential text on culture and communication. Using a transatlantic video connection, he welcomed the students into a castle in the Loire Valley where they practiced their French communication skills and had a lively discussion about French Culture.

This slideshow illustrates how Professor Caulkins uses simple tools to bring authentic voices into the classroom, provide students with opportunities to apply their skills, and bring course content to life with compelling and challenging cross-cultural experiences. Read more »

LSS Welcomes Shahin Izadi

March 18, 2009 by David Macasaet

ShahinLearning Support Services is happy to welcome Shahin Izadi as LSS's Media Production Project Assistant.

Shahin is a PhD student in the Philosophy Department, and has taught
philosophy for several years at UW-Madison.  He has an MA in
philosophy, and is currently writing a dissertation on well-being in
childhood. Read more »

Spring Break Hours

March 10, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

Redbud tree in blossom.The LSS Info Lab and Learning Lab will close Friday, March 13, at 3:30 pm.
The AV Pool will close Friday, March 13 at 4:00 pm.
All will reopen Monday, March 23 at 8:30 am.

LSS offices will remain open during spring break. Read more »

Vodcasts Help Students Understand Wide Variety of Spoken Norwegian

March 4, 2009 by Peggy Hager

Peggy Hager

In this article Peggy Hager, Senior Lecturer in Norwegian in the UW-Madison Department of Scandinavian Studies, explains how and why she developed vodcasts for use in her third semester Norwegian classes.
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Free LSS Workshops: Videotaping lessons for teaching portfolios

February 27, 2009 by Barbara Bird

barb teaching

Recording your teaching for a class? Need to create a portfolio of teaching videos before you go on the job market? LSS will present a free, two-part workshop series on how to videotape your class and compile the video. These workshops are open to all TAs in the College of Letters & Science. Other L&S faculty and instructional staff are also welcome to attend. Read more »

Group Explores Future of Grassroots Video at UW-Madison

February 23, 2009 by David Macasaet

As digital video production has matured, just how does
"grassroots video" for instruction function on the University of
Wisconsin-Madison campus? A team from the University of Wisconsin's
General Library, the School of Medicine and Public Health, DoIT
Academic Technology, the School of Education-Instructional Media
Development Center, and L&S Learning Support Services, researched
the question of grassroots video over the summer of 2008. Read more »

What's New in Media Services

February 17, 2009 by David Macasaet

Apple MonitorThe LSS video production lab now has two copies of Apple's Final Cut Express 4. "FCE" allows users much more control over the video editing process, including support for many layers of audio and video, professional trimming tools, and the ability to import iMovie projects. Read more »

Science: Why Peer Discussion Improves Student Performance on In-Class Concept Questions

February 4, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

Thinking about using clickers in your classroom? Wondering if peer discussion really helps students increase understanding? Then you’ll want to check out Why Peer Discussion Improves Student Performance on In-Class Concept Questions published in Science on January 2, 2009. Read more »

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