The new reception desk is meant to secure the entrance to Coed436. To secure the circulation equipment, we do not let students into COED436 anymore, whether they are trying to check out equipment or for other reasons (except if they need to see the LRC coordinator). Hand all equipment to students over the counter. The door to Coed436 has to be locked when the LRC Assistant leaves the reception desk (it always can be unlocked from inside).
We also carved out 2 small group work spaces in the LRC entrance area. They can be used by language tutors with their students, and by other small student groups, including for assigned film viewing. These work spaces currently do not have to be booked, but they can be. Bookings take precedence over walk-ins. Send meeting requests to LRCRoomCoed433c@uncc.edu (Group1 next to entrance), LRCRoomCoed433d@uncc.edu (Group 2)). The calendar on the reception desk will display the bookings.
We moved 3 more iMacs (with built-in web cameras) into the main classroom (currently available to students only when all other iMacs are in use). All the iMacs in the main classroom actually have now also their own “room”: LRCroomCoed433b@uncc.edu (iMacs), but we are not requiring this “room” to be booked (yet). We are considering this in an attempt to avoid pile-ups of students trying to take video recording assignment. First we monitor actual usage patterns, especially nearing assignment dead-lines.
New “rooms”, and other equipment types are highlighted in green on our list of bookable resources.
We are across from Student Union, in the COED building with Languages and Culture Studies (LCS), top floor – look for the banners on the wall.
The numbers in the layout correspond to the numbers we posted (to facilitate teacher and student orientation and to aid in LRC temp staff troubleshooting) on the computer monitors and also (for IT staff) to the number part of the underlying computer names which can also be displayed in the classroom management systems NetOP School and Sanako Study 1200 on the teacher computer (32).
The Language Resource Center within the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies in the College of Education building
How to do Sanako Oral Exams with large classes, but few licenses: A workaround using partial classroom layouts
When you open the Study1200 tutor, a dialogue comes up which lets you select you the “classroom layout’. What this actually means – since the physical classroom (LRC layout) is obviously immutable –, is: which computers do you want the Study1200 to connect.
The “template classroom” (this happens to be just the default name within Sanako) tries to connect all students logged in on computer in COED434 to the teacher from the “corridor” (= where Study1200 leaves all computers that it knows of, but that you do “into” want to let into the classroom; the corridor has link in the bottom center of the Study1200 teacher window, and it flashes if there is a change “in “ the corridor Stuy1200 wants to make you aware of) that the Study1200.
However, beyond the 20th client (first come, first serve), this will fail because of licensing restrictions, and a grey exclamation mark will appear in the classroom layout in the Study1200 window for these student icons.
The “left-half”and “right-half” layouts that I created load only the computers in either the left or right half of the COED434 classroom (each without the wall/window-facing computers at the very edges) into the classroom layout (other logged-in students will remain in the “corridor”, linked in the bottom center of the tutor interface, if you want to add select students – note that the student icon will not appear on screen in their approximate physical position in the classroom.
You can also bring up the dialogue from which you can choose classroom layout after the initial startup of the tutor: Go to top menu: file / classroom layout. A 45-second screencast of this switching our classroom layouts in Sanako Study 1200 is available for download (requires Windows Media player).
In the screencast, you can see how the visual layout on screen reflects the physical layout in the classroom (the number labels on top of our computer monitors appear (optionally) in seat numbers): rotate by 90% clock- or counterclockwise (I wish we would have not only more licenses, but also a higher screen resolution. Stay tuned).
This technique of splitting the classroom, unloading and loading half of it at a time, you can exploit for administering oral exams consecutively with class sizes (current maximum is 25/30, depending on level) that exceed the number of licenses we have (currently 20 + teacher).
This technique of excluding computers from connecting to the teacher we could also use to merge the listening station computers, even though they have a different audio hardware configuration (analog headsets only, no Sanako headsets with built-in sound card and disabled on board sound) into the main software image without consuming valuable licenses – not without other problems.
The United Nations has a nice – even though not complete – collection of PDF-downloadable political maps of countries and regions – including some language regions – around the world:
- [Broken:] Non-Self-Governing Territories (En.)
- [Broken:] Non-Self-Governing Territories (Fr.)
- [Broken:] Non-Self-Governing Territories (Esp.)
- South Asia
- South East Asia
- Central Asia
- Western Asia
- Greater Mekong Subregion
- Eastern Africa
- Horn of Africa
- Horn of Africa (with Relief)
- South-Eastern Africa, Drainage
- Western Africa
- Great Lakes Region 1
- Great Lakes Region 2
- Great Lakes Region 2 (french)
- Central & Eastern Europe
- Baltic States
- South Eastern Mediterranean
- Middle East Region
- Darfur Regional map
- Afghanistan, Regions
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Bougainville Island
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Central Chile
- Costa Rica
- Côte d’Ivoire
- East Croatia
- Czech Republic
- Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (East)
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- [Removed:] Eritrea
- Guatemala (Southern)
- Iran (Islamic Republic of)
- Jammu and Kashmir area
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
- Region of Southern Lebanon
- Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
- The frmr Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- Papua New Guinea
- Russian Federation
- Southern Serbia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Tanzania, United Republic of
- Timor-Leste (Regions)
- Uganda (regions only)
- Western Sahara
- Former Yugoslavia map