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Status of the language lab and purpose of the LangLabEmailer

  1. Status of the language lab: Modern language labs – digital audio labs with integrated computer classroom management systems, like the Sanako Lab 300 and Study 1200 –
    1. are great tools for driving the use and benefit of computer technology into the face-to-face language teaching classroom,
    2. but for years have been sorely lacking integration with the rest of the digital campus workflow, mostly through the web-based LMS
      1. Sanako once had a Blackboard integration that allowed to bring media files stored in Blackboard to the file, but not upload student assessments into the gradebook.
      2. I once ran a Sanako Lab 100 that acknowledged that need by providing USB thumb drives for students, and a mechanism to load class recorded files to them at the end of class.
      3. Online  components being developed by language lab vendors seem to be lacking the face-to-face teaching component.
      4. Synchronous distance education software (like Adobe Connect, Blackboard Wimba, or Saba Centra) – if not just used like a giant loud speaker in supporting lecture presentations, interspersed with calling up individual students for responses – seems currently best positioned to bring some of the benefits of computer technology to the synchronous teaching arena, but in a different (not applicable to what is still the non-distance norm in language instruction), actually more challenging non-face-to-face setting, and – first and foremost – without special consideration (and tools, like a remote controllable dual track recorder) for language learning.
  2. Purpose of this software:
    1. The LangLabEmailer combines knowledge of
      1. how teaching and learning is done in modern language departments
        1. including common issues in the lab (late students)
        2. needs outside the lab
          1. grading from home
          2. documenting longitudinal language development for eportfolio initiatives
      2. how (some: you can help us!) digital audio labs save assessments,
      3. how AD tracks ownership,
      4. how MS-Exchange can be automated.
    2. in order to
      1. let the language lab classroom activities (summative assessments, but also formative in the widest sense made so easy by digital audio labs) break out of their isolation in the lab and enter the learning workflow,
      2. by automatic immediate (we have set to 16 times daily) distribution of assessment files (recordings and writing)
        1. to teachers
        2. and – without or with added teacher feedback, including aural – to students via campus email ;
      3. in 30000 digital audio lab equipped classrooms in the world 
        1. minus the ones that do not have MS-Exchange infrastructure
        2. plus the ones from other vendors than Sanako – for the above number of classrooms is from SANAKO –, if you share your lab’s configuration back.
  3. Next: Features. Or Langlabemailer (table of contents).
  1. 2013/06/08 at 04:41

    Hi Thomas I have been following your blog and wanted to bring to your attention the latest development from SANS Inc the developers of Sony Virtuoso language lab software. SANS have now fully developed and launched with substantive client reference sites a unique online language lab solution called SANSSpace. SANSSpace works with existing web based LMS and adds the vital comparative recorder and player plus a video chat feature that you can capture all live recordings within it.
    I hope you can share this with your wider community as it really does take online language learning into a new dimension. I have attcahed a web link with a series of demo videos showing the extended feature set http://www.connectededucation.com/sansspace-tutorial-page/
    with kind regards
    Mark Stimpfig ConnectED (Sony Virtuoso and SANSSpace EMEA distributors)

    • 2013/06/08 at 23:24

      Hi Mark, good to hear from you, hope things are going well on your green and pleasant isle which I sometimes think back of. Your comparative recorder @1:15 of http://vimeo.com/64625790 looks quite impressive, you got a leg up there. But while it is great that this is not limited to homework individual self-access anymore, it still seems geared towards distance education (and maybe learner tandems). Here, literally 99% of our language teaching still is – now and in the foreseeable future – in a face-to-face classroom setting, and we especially use the SANAKO Study 1200 that we have for proctoring class-size oral exams (that is one thing the LangLabEmailer helps us with). However, adding a video recording component , under exam conditions, to the audio component we have with SANAKO is what we are looking for currently. Is there a manual and technical guide to the SANSSPACE? I truly appreciate screencast videos over brochures, for the many questions they answer better, but to be able to tell whether the SANSSPACE could be useful in such a scenario, I’d need something a little more technical and comprehensive…

      • 2013/06/09 at 04:06

        Hi Thomas, thanks for your reply. SANSSpace has fundamentally been designed for language learners recognising that students no longer just want to access media via PCs in a lab but on their smart phones, tablets, (android and IOS) Macs anywhere and anytime. The SANSSpace comparative recorder for video and audio can be quite easily used in exam conditions as access to SANSSpace is limited both via personalised log in and via admin configs. Equally using our networked Sony Virtuoso language lab software platform you can deliver video with audio securely for exam conditions too. There are more extensive tutorial videos on our web site if you want to look at the extended functionality of SANSSpace.with kind regards

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