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Hasta la vista

April 30, 2007 by Read Gilgen

The time has come. A superb new director is ready to start (see next entry). And yours truly heads off into the sunset (thank goodness it's sunny today!)

Thanks to everyone here at the university who has made my career here so rewarding. May you all continue to have success in making the world a better place to live.

On Wisconsin!

Culturally Authentic Images from the REALIA Project

March 23, 2007 by Shannon Donnally


If you are a language teacher, you probably have some photographs from the target culture, but your collection might be incomplete or outdated.

You also might want to have access to digitized images from the target culture but are concerned about copyright issues. Read more »

Why does my new laptop look weird?

March 5, 2007 by Sue Weier

Because it has the new Microsoft Vista operating system on it!

It was 2002 when Microsoft XP came out, and since that time, Microsoft has been developing a new operating system to fix and improve upon issues in the previous version.

The result is Microsoft Vista.

Microsoft has been working with hardware manufacturers and the result is that more and more new computer equipment has been changed to only function with Microsoft Vista. Read more »

Great new tools for Spring 2007

January 23, 2007 by Doug Worsham

Looking for interactive and collaborative activities to engage your students? L&S Learning Support Services is here to help you discover "the next big thing" in foreign language teaching. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for enhancing language, literature, and culture instruction. Read more »

How to Prepare for Student Presentations

December 5, 2006 by LSS Labbies

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At this time of the semester many of us are thinking about student presentations. In addition to working on the content of their presentations, there are a few things your students can do to make sure they don't run into technical difficulties. Here are our tips for assuring a quality presenting experience (at least on the technological side).

Get the equipment you need
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Explore Podcast Potential with Podcasting Plus Grant Program

November 15, 2006 by Doug Worsham

Building on the success of the current round of podcasting grants, DOIT’s Engage program is once again offering to help instructors experiment with audio learning and podcasting. Their next set of grants will focus on "enhanced podcasts" which are audio podcasts that can incorporate still images, video, chapter markers, and web links. Read more »

VoIP and Video Conferencing Bring a World of Possibilities

October 5, 2006 by Doug Worsham

Bringing guest speakers from out of the area into the classroom was once a pricey endeavor involving airplanes, hotels, and dinner reservations. Recent developments in internet telephony, otherwise known as VoIP (Voice over IP), and video conferencing make it easier and cheaper than ever before to communicate with people around the world. Read more »

LSS Jobs/Staffing Changes

September 18, 2006 by Bruno Browning

The flurry of hiring of student workers has pretty much ended for this semester, and our graduate student PAs are in place.

However, we've had the misfortune of losing two full-time staff: Marybeth Loibl (our Dept Administrator), and Ron Cramer (Instructional Technologist) are no longer with us.

We're now working to replace them. The classified position (civil service) process is under way.

The Instructional Technology Consultant (aka Information Processing Consultant) position is currently in open recruitment. Read more »

New in the AV Pool

August 21, 2006 by Doug Worsham

We've been working hard to expand our collection of equipment in the L&S Learning Support Services AV Pool (275 Van Hise / 262-1678).

Here's a quick overview of our most exciting new acquisitions: Read more »

Summer Inspirations

May 15, 2006 by Sue Weier

Recently three LSS staff members attended the 2006 Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. This was the first year for the Instructional Technology track, where Sue Weier and Sara Ziemendorf presented on open source software that we use here at LSS. Read Gilgen, Director of LSS, delivered a keynote presentation titled Wikis, iPods, and Cervantes: Technology isn’t just for language learning anymore”.

We saw some interesting presentations in Kentucky. If you’re looking for inspiration this summer, think about some of these ideas: Read more »

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