Archive for April, 2012

Spring 2012 Faculty Workshop II: Oral Proficiency testing with Audacity/Sanako

  1. View screens (best viewed side by side, but note that left and right screen are not synchronized):
    1. for full slide show (note the included short links for convenient further reading), left screen
    2. for Sanako interface and full audio track, right screen.
  2. Table of contents:
    1. Overview of a Sanako Oral Exam
    2. Examples of Exam teachers’ exam question recordings
    3. Example of a Sanako Exam
    4. Loop induction
      1. creating an exam question recording
      2. by taking a Sanako exam as a student
    5. Step-by-Step of administering a Sanako oral exam
    6. Grading Sanako oral exam student files
      1. Sanako voice insert for
        1. facilitating recording oral assignments for student without hard-coded pauses
        2. commenting on student responses during grading
    7. Sanako authoring tool for providing visual on top of aural cues to students
  3. workshop-2012-2-sanako-ppt-thumbnails

Checklist for hiring process of new LRC Assistants

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Error code 14001 when installing Audacity

2012/04/27 5 comments
  1. Symptom: Audacity installation seems to complete without error, but attempting to start Audacity at the end of the installation process results in an error about bad environment with the above error code.
  2. For your reference: It is has been the missing Visual C++ redistributable installation here in the past on staff computers.
  3. Solution: Download and install the redistributable, then try restarting Audacity: It should start now.

Professional Development for Persian instructors

Persian Curriculum Design (Advanced)

Startalk Program in Washington DC

June 4, 2012 — June 15, 2012 ~ Residential Program 


In the course of two intensive weeks, this program will help instructors in facing the challenges of the twenty-first century in teaching Persian. This professional development program will include sessions on standards-based curriculum planning, multi-media technology, learner-centered classroom strategies, and second language acquisition theories, as well as familiarity with assessment tools. Applications are accepted from novice and experienced instructors of Persian. Familiarity with Standards-based language teaching preferred. A limited number of stipends ($500)  will be available to applicants, and accommodation available for out of town participants.

DEADLINE: April 30, 2012

To apply, please fill out the application here, and email your CV to Please forward any inquiries to, or call for inquiries: Professor Pardis Minuchehr at  (202) 994-7948.    

Categories: announcements, Farsi

How to use Audacity to repeat audio cues for students when creating listening learning materials

How to combine oral cue audio with images in Sanako Study 1200 authoring-tool

  1. This 100-second authoring tool screencast shows how to
    1. preview the audio in the authoring tool,
    2. add an image and
    3. set its display time on the timeline,
      1. If you make an error by assigning non-sensible times, the authoring tool helps you by flagging it red:
      2. sanako-authoring-if-you-make-error-flagged-red1

    4. save (save frequently, on my Windows-XP SP3 machine, the image display within the authoring tool caused frequent BSODs, seemed video-driver-related).
  2. View results (application during a class) here.

How to use visual instead of aural cues during a Sanako oral proficiency exam

  1. This exam file has been authored with the Sanako Study 1200 TBA:authoring tool. It is displayed from  the Sanako tutor application:
    1. images on a projection screen connected to the teacher computer,
    2. aural portion through the tutor-controlled Sanako student player and headsets. 
  2. To protect the integrity and allow for reuse of the exam, only the initial instruction, example and collection of the results of an exam with visual cues are shown in this screencast.

How to load the university Drupal calendars into your favorite calendar application

  1. If you go to our university calendar webpages, you may see
    1. provost-calendar-in-webbrowser
    2. a top menu allowing you to select either Year,Month,Week, or Day
    3. a bottom right corner calendar icon (why not the well established ics icon?) which, changing with the view you selected, points to the same (directory) link as the views, but resolves to an ICS file when clicked in your browser
    4. The default action on click is an open/save option: either way, AFAIK, you will download and point your desktop calendar application (e.g. MS-Outlook) to this file. Even if you do this only per year, this is not only tedious, but the hope that nothing will change in the course of things seems futile.
  2. The best way  that I have found to make this a live calendar subscription is this: in your ICS-compatible calendar application, where it asks you for the calendar URL, load one of the links provided under the calendar icon, e.g. that for the year. But before clicking “OK”, remove anything (= any filter) after “ical” portion of the link.
  3. In MS-Outlook, this procedure looks like this: ooutlook calendar add  ooutlook calendar add url, and the result looks like this: provost-in-outlook 
  4. If you open the downloadable ICS, an open it (mental note: are there other iCAL readers to examine the data, short of loading the calendar into your desktop, phone or cloud calendar software?) you will notice that these calendars are a Drupal-based offering: “PRODID:-//Drupal iCal API//EN”
  5. Sample Links
    1. Calendar examples for your web browser:
    2. Calendar year ICS examples for your calendar reader:,
    3. The provost’s calendar includes the registrar’s calendar: Administrative and Academic. the color-coding will be lost in translation when loading via ICS. I have not found a way to load the Administrative calendar separately, to use my calendar application to manage the coloring. 
    4. Are there more calendar pages that are of general interest?