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Students Check Out Foreign Language Films, Thanks to a Little Help from Some Friends

March 26, 2008 by Mary Prochniak

Thanks to a series of grants from Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries, the LSS Learning Lab in 259 Van Hise offers a growing collection of world language DVDs for check-out by students. Read more »

Festival de Cine: Argentinian Films at LSS

March 4, 2008 by Mary Prochniak

The 3rd Annual LACIS Festival de Cine ran on campus from Feb.29-March 2. This year's festival featured past and present films from Argentina.

If you missed the screenings or are interested in seeing more cinema from Argentina, check out our collection of films from Argentina and other Spanish speaking countries:

City History Comes Alive!

August 14, 2007 by Sara Nagreen

Madison had growing pains just like any other city. The newest arrivals to our beautiful Capitol were shunted to an area in the center of town called Greenbush, and instead of becoming a slum, it became a haven of culture and harmonious peace. Italian families mingled with Polish families, African-American families lived alongside Jewish families, and it was a wonderful place, but a place with some notoriety and a bad reputation. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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