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New Reading Patterns Emerge on the Web

April 17, 2006 by Lisa Jansen

When I was a student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (in a time before the world-wide web) I learned that readers tend to scan printed materials in either a Z-shaped or spiral pattern. For many years I have been advising people to place important web content such as navigation and headlines in relation to those shapes. Read more »

Virtual Drop Boxes for Writing Assignments

March 28, 2006 by Lisa Jansen

Is your email in-box overflowing with student writing assignments? If so, it may be time to set up a virtual drop box.

A virtual drop box Drop box Read more »

The World of RSS

March 13, 2006 by Doug Worsham

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What is RSS? Read more »

Looking for a Videocamera?

February 21, 2006 by Karen Tusack

I'm often asked to recommend videocameras to faculty members who are interested in video production.

Since most faculty don't want to spend tons of money on an expensive camera and deck, I'm usually consulting with them on a "prosumer" type camera -- something portable and not too pricey.

After talking about necessary and not-so necessary features, I head off to my favorite website to do additional research. At, I get all of the information I need to make a good recommendation. Read more »

Madly Moodling!

February 10, 2006 by Sue Weier

LSS is always trying to find innovative ways to make teaching with technology fun and effective. This semester, we’ve set up a Moodle site for several courses to use. Moodle is a course management system that provides a wide activity set along with great language support. Because Read more »

LSS Podcasting Website

January 31, 2006 by Karen Tusack

Back in November we told you about our work with DOIT’s Engage program and it’s chosen technology for this year’s Adaptation Awards – podcasting.

Learning Support Services is currently working with twenty-six instructors from the College of Letters and Science who were recipients of the awards for the spring and fall semesters of 2006. These instructors will use their $800 in award money and our technical support to explore a variety of instructional uses for podcasting. Read more »

Great new tools for the Spring semester

December 15, 2005 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 »

Wikideas galore!

November 25, 2005 by Doug Worsham

This semester LSS is helping several language instructors use wikis for collaborative and interactive writing assignments. A wiki is a website that makes it easier than ever before for students to publish work online, read and comment on the work of their peers, collaborate on written documents, and build shared pools of information.

Here are descriptions of three of the wiki projects supported by LSS this semester. Read more »

Learning Lab News

November 23, 2005 by Doug Worsham

Student studying in Language Lab

If you haven’t visited the L&S Learning Lab (259 Van Hise) in a while, you might be surprised at all the new and exciting features we have to offer. Here are just a few of them you’ll want to stop by and check out, literally. Read more »

TV on Your Desktop!

November 10, 2005 by Brian Deith

Thanks to the high speed 21st Century Network, you can now access television programming right on your own computer! You must, of course, be connected to the network, but with little setup you can soon be watching CNN, PBS, and even local channels such as WKOW, WMTV, and WISC. Read more »

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