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LRC classroom usage 2013/4

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Spring 2014 LRC report

  1. Old issues (continued from the Fall 2013 report ):
    1. The LRC software image:
      1. UPDATE: Recent Java updates are issues with textbook publisher pages.
      2. We are still trying to get some of the Sanako digital audio lab functionality from last year back.
      3. To help with this, we are upgrading the Sanako software once again, to a maintenance release  (v 7.1.) which we have also been given for free – it is not clear whether the fall Sanako version was unstable or whether the LRC computers are overtaxed with the upgrade to Windows 7.
      4. We also still have configuration issues with the new imaging process which we try to get resolved.
      5. Please do not hesitate to use the Sanako: talk to me in advance what you are trying to do, and I will test for you and, if necessary, try find workarounds or provide additional training.
    2. The Moodle audio recorder: The Center for Teaching and Learning, after pulling the Nanogong recorder which was released by mistake, on the basis of the survey you responded to, have kindly installed a test (not public yet) version of PoodLL. We will be testing with a teacher this term.
  2. New issues: We have had repeated issues with LRC hardware and equipment readiness which tended to crop up in the middle of attempted usage. To increase LRC readiness for use by you and your students, this term:
    1. We schedule LRC assistants to do regular walkthroughs, checks and inventories :
      1. of headphones, computers, film and faculty equipment functionality and
      2. also of the teaching and learning environment: maintain status of projector, teacher computer, furniture, blind and cleanliness…
    2. We will have the most experienced LRC assistant function as a supervisor at the reception desk: Unless there is a pile-up of clients, this supervising assistant has been instructed not to interact directly with clients, but monitor and – as required – correct and re-train the less experienced LRC assistants.
    3. Please support LRC assistants in their tasks, and let us know of any problems, service breakdowns etc.

LRC annual report

  • Calendar overviews: Director/ LRC Classroom
  • Face-to-face teaching and examination support in the LRC
    • Phonetics
    • Oral exams
      • Business Spanish
    • Assessment materials
      • Reached 1000s of assessments and assignments in the LRC  in November (http://goo.gl/hQulG);
      • Recorded and emailed 1600/year  oral exams  (langlabemailer could do 3000/day) by May
    • Putting chapter tests online using Mygermanlab online textbook  companion -> acknowledged through invitation by Pearson Publishing to symposium on language learning technology;
    • Kaltura.
  • Tutoring : regained CAE tutors  and introduced a volunteer tutoring service for LCTL (Arabic, Farsi), and wrote policy and training.
  • Learning spaces: installed 2nd larger teacher screen.
  • IT+HR management:
    • Handled 3 major LRC upgrades/transitions
      • HR: Helped select and trained new coordinator in LRC organization, some IT management and some language technology.
      • IT: Windows 7 and Office 2010, used MS globalization and other resources to implement free support for
      • Helped translate this software image into the new college imaging infrastructure/staff evolving in Fall 2012, including – been left to my own devices – setting up a software inventory based on actual MS infrastructure information (http://goo.gl/w5zqb).
    • Standing in for ITS (hardware troubleshooting for Saba Centra, Kaltura; faculty computer config, documenting campus-wide IT infrastructure, domain drops, deepfreeze reboots, network slowness).
    • Trados troubleshooting.

  • Library:
    • Oversee (maintain infrastructure , train users ) now 115 bookable resources
      • Calendars: Multimedia trainings for circulation system based on NINERMAIL resources (why me for campus-wide infrastructure?)
      • Managed to impress on ITS that in office365  we need also for students
        • automated  booking response ;
        • automatic proper timezone.
    • Learning Materials:
      • Management: Farsi audio in metacourses and SkyDrive, French phonetics audio and text book in Sanako share, Japanese and Spanish exam audio, “Friendly Russian ” conversion to Sanako file format.
      • Creation: Created learning materials for use during F2F-classes with the sanako in the LRC: English (speaking) ,French (phonetics), Japanese (speaking),Russian (intermediate), etc.

  • Training:
    • Accompanied numerous F2F classes using SANAKO teacher station, including few Chinese, German, Portuguese,  some English, Japanese and Spanish,  many Russian and all French phonetics classes.
    • Training workshops: Held 2 fall workshops
      • In Spring, due to low turnout for bi-semester workshops, adapted to offer 2 hour-long weekly clinics preparing LRC use during classes and doubled reach.
      • Organized and co-presented 2 segments in a Language Teaching with Technology ” showcase with 9 presenters from LCS and ELTI.
  • Outreach
    • Impressed (http://goo.gl/nmEXR) visiting candidates (German, Spanish, Head searches), schools and parents or prospective students with live demonstrations of LRC .

Summary of the LRC main classroom use in year 2012/3

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(Tentative while experimenting with Calendaranalytics).

Summary of my work calendar in year 2012/13

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(Tentative while experimenting with Calendaranalytics).

How my documentation blog is developing

2012/3 enrolment per language in the main LRC constituent departments (LCS and ELTI)

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