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Jan
24
Wed
Software available for placement testing at MSU @ B125 Wells Hall
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Software available for placement testing at MSU @ B125 Wells Hall

Presenters: Drs. Paula Winke and Emily Heidrich

In this workshop, we will review current theoretical issues in language placement testing that affect all placement testing programs at Michigan State University and beyond. The most import issue is that placement tests must work in consort with program articulation and course offerings. We will review several placement test uses at MSU as examples to demonstrate the large variety of placement plans that exist even at one university. And more locally and practically, we will review tips and treasures of Qualtrics, a survey and test software that can be used for computer adaptive testing and, in particular, placement testing. Qualtrics is now university wide at MSU, and we will discuss how it is currently being used for placement into the Chinese language program at MSU. We will also discuss issues related to test security and test score interpretation, and the MSU need for Qualtrics-score-triggered automatic overrides (a necessity that the larger language programs must have).

This workshop meets in the CeLTA Lab B125 Wells Hall.

Jan
31
Wed
Qualtrics survey software overview: Applications for research @ B125 Wells Hall
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Qualtrics survey software overview: Applications for research @ B125 Wells Hall

Presenters: Jeff Maloney and Dan Isbell

MSU offers Qualtrics as a service for faculty and graduate students. With this software you can create surveys for a wide range of purposes, especially research. We will discuss some of the major features of the software along with a walkthrough for creating a sample survey.

This workshop meets in the CeLTA Lab B125 Wells Hall.

Feb
7
Wed
Create media-rich speaking assignments using H5P @ B125 Wells Hall
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Create media-rich speaking assignments using H5P @ B125 Wells Hall

Presenter: Dr. Shannon Spasova

In this session, participants will learn how to create a speaking assignment or assessment using H5P. H5P allows the combination of several activity types to create prompts that include audio, image, video, or text. Students then record within the page, download their responses, and upload them to a D2L dropbox. Advantages of this approach over other alternatives are that it does not use Flash and does not require that students register an account with a third-party website. Additionally, students can record themselves using other means if desired.

This workshop meets in the CeLTA Lab B125 Wells Hall.

Feb
14
Wed
Developing your academic online presence @ Digital Scholarship Lab in the Main Library
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Developing your academic online presence @ Digital Scholarship Lab in the Main Library

Presenter: Kristen Mapes

In this workshop, we will discuss where you already have an online presence, where you may want to develop a digital identity, and how to do it. We will think through what it means to have a digital identity as an academic and educator, specifically using the Visitor and Resident mapping framework. Then, we will discuss specifically academic social platforms (e.g., academia.edu, ResearchGate, etc.), with a more formal introduction to Humanities Commons.

Please note that this workshop will take place in the new, state-of-the-art Digital Scholarship Lab on the 2nd floor of the west wing in the Main Library. Pizza will be served.

Feb
21
Wed
Graphic narratives and digital mapping in the world language and culture classroom @ B135 Wells Hall
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Graphic narratives and digital mapping in the world language and culture classroom @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenters: Drs. Lynn Wolff and Matthew Handelman

In this workshop, we will present a major component of our newly revised third-year German language and culture course that was piloted during the fall 2017 semester: Our work with the graphic novel Der Boxer by Reinhard Kleist (2012) and a digital mapping project that provided ways to explore how time, space, and place are intertwined in the graphic novel’s stories about the Holocaust. This component of the course had two main goals:

(1) Help students gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and Second World War as told in words and images in the graphic novel;

(2) Give students the opportunity to engage with a graphic novel – through visualization, contextualization, description, and analysis – beyond what is possible in the traditional essay form.

By bringing graphic narratives and digital projects into the language classroom, we hope to enable students to critically engage with contemporary approaches to the memory and representation of topics as (seemingly) familiar as the Holocaust. We look forward to sharing the results of this project and to discussing the ways that graphic narratives and digital projects can enhance the study of language and culture.

Feb
28
Wed
Correcting errors and giving feedback in the world language classroom @ B135 Wells Hall
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Correcting errors and giving feedback in the world language classroom @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Sheng Zhang

This presentation will touch on effective, research-based methodologies of providing feedback in ESL and world language classrooms. Following this, some online tools that are helpful to provide effective feedback will be introduced and demonstrated.

Mar
14
Wed
Teaching to who and where students are: Making courses accessible @ Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd floor of the west wing in the MSU Main Library)
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Teaching to who and where students are: Making courses accessible @ Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd floor of the west wing in the MSU Main Library)

Presenters: Madeline Shellgren

This workshop focuses on various notions of accessibility. We will start with questioning who students are and why that is important to consider. Together, we will also explore ways to make space for identity and student agency, discussing how we can help create opportunities for students to empower themselves and find relevance in course content, curriculum, and design. We will then move to ways to critically leverage today’s technology, specifically focusing on intentional and ongoing work we can do as instructors to remove barriers to information and education.

Mar
15
Thu
Liaisons in French: What are students really learning in class? @ B135 Wells Hall
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Liaisons in French: What are students really learning in class? @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Dr. Anne Violin-Wigent

As part of my current investigation on the effectiveness of explicit instruction, this project investigates the evolution of the accuracy of French liaisons produced by students over a semester. Do they actually produce French liaisons more accurately after they are given the list of explicit rules than before? How do they change after the lesson? After a brief explanation of what French liaisons are, I will present preliminary results that compare students enrolled in a French phonetics and pronunciation class (FRN 330) where they are taught the rules, to students enrolled in FRN 320, a grammar and writing class that does not include liaisons at all.

This workshop meets on Thursday from 3-4 pm in B135 Wells Hall. Cookies and coffee will be served.

Mar
21
Wed
Promoting foreign language study in middle schools @ B135 Wells Hall
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Promoting foreign language study in middle schools @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Alissa Cohen

This workshop will explore some of the challenges of promoting language study among American school children and look at the CeLTA Fellowship project I conducted this year to address some of these challenges. I will provide an overview of a language exploration club that was designed to introduce students at East Lansing’s MacDonald Middle School to the study of foreign languages in general and, more specifically, to the languages offered at the school, French, German, and Spanish. The goal of the project was twofold: To promote foreign language study by middle schoolers and to promote service learning and teaching practice by MSU students in the fields of language learning and teaching. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to review and evaluate the structure, materials, and outcomes of the program and contribute to the revision process, with an ultimate goal of encouraging greater future participation among the middle schoolers and MSU student teacher volunteers and to create contacts and collaborations across the many MSU units involved in promoting language teaching and learning.

Apr
4
Wed
CeLTA grant updates: Language Proficiency Flagship and LCTL Partnership @ B135 Wells Hall
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
CeLTA grant updates: Language Proficiency Flagship and LCTL Partnership @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenters: Drs. Susan Gass, Paula Winke, Koen Van Gorp, and Emily Heidrich

Join us to hear updates on the Language Proficiency Flagship Initiative, funded by the National Security Education Program within the Defense Language and National Security Education Office. The presenters will also discuss the progress of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership, a cross-university initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation.