As a sequel to last summer’s Hack-a-thon Toward a Collaborative Language Diagnostics and Refresher Framework at Swarthmore College, a dedicated group of language learning technologists and Carleton’s student “Data Squad” gathered this fall at Carleton College to work on platform requirements for a dashboard prototype. Led by Michael Jones and Carly Born, this two-day mini-hack-a-thon focused on solving technical pieces of the puzzle that will enable the flow of useful data from a language skills diagnostic test into a data-rich visual display.
The dashboard is just one piece our faculty’s vision for the shared framework drafted at the meeting last May. Elements include a language skill map, a self-assessment survey, diagnostic/placement tests (question banks) and the dashboard that can help faculty visualize the data for better placement and advising.
Language Learning Skills Map / Top Level Categories:
Diagnostic visualizations also may point to trends in language skills development within and across our liberal arts programs and language curricula. A user-friendly dashboard tool can ultimately help students gain feedback on their skill levels and close gaps as they traverse the liberal arts language sequence. (more…)
The Pomona College Chinese Pronunciation Guide is a free online learning module on Chinese pronunciation. This new resources aims to help elementary and intermediate level Chinese learners improve their perception of Chinese. This site was developed by Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures Feng Xiao and his students. Reflecting on the project, Xiao’s student Benjamin Hogoboom, Pomona ’19, says:
The Pomona College Chinese Pronunciation Guide is something that I was very interested in developing both as a Computer Science and Chinese language student. I was eager to take on the challenge of building my own website from scratch, something I had never done before, and to help out introductory Chinese students with one of the most difficult aspects of acquiring Chinese: pronunciation. I am happy that I was able to team up with Professor Xiao, Edward Gao, and Nina Zhou to create what I believe is a truly useful learning tool for students new to the Chinese language.
The Guide covers pronunciation of all new words in the textbook Integrated Chinese (3rd) Level 1 and 2. Indexed by lesson, each new word has four audio recordings and requires the user to choose the correct one (see banner image above). The built-in reset button for each word allows multiple uses of the exercise and minimizes practice effect.
Based on insights flowing from the Upper Level Math/Stats and SILP course sharing projects, two steering groups are working in concert to explore models and possibilities for course sharing across the digital network.
Math & Stats Steering Group:
This group is meeting in the fall of 2017 to develop a set of recommendations based on insights gained through the Spring ’16 and Fall ’17 course sharing pilots. This recommendation will be shared with LACOL’s Advisories and the Multi-Disciplinary Group (more…)
This video presents a half-hour webinar training with Prof. Melissa Eblen-Zayas of Carleton College and members of the QLAB Project core team. Melissa provides an overview of Q-bits and answers questions about testing in the upcoming term.
Please feel free to forward this post to colleagues who may be interested in Q-bits! The webinar is an great way preview a Q-bit and learn more about our multi-campus collaboration to develop and test ways these modules may help to support students with their quantitative work in different disciplinary contexts.
Q-bit Training Outline:
What are Q-bits? (a brief tour)
Our pilot study – research goals
Options and steps for testing Q-bits with your students
Most out-of-town visitors will want to rent a car at the MSP airport and drive to campus
Free parking is available on campus for registered guests of the College
Alternatively, you can arrange a shuttle service through these recommended providers
Hotel to campus
Country Inn and Suites is in easy walking distance (~10 minutes) to the Weitz Center for Creativity on Carleton’s campus where all Workshop events will be held. (Click here for details on arranging your hotel stay at a special rate for LACOL. Please do not contact the hotel directly.)
For the LACOL 2018 Workshop, a block of rooms at the Country Inn and Suites in Northfield, MN have been reserved for May 30 and May 31. To ensure the group rate for the nights of your stay, be sure to make your hotel arrangements through Carleton by May 15th, 2018.
To book your stay, please <contact Karen Moldenhauer> or <complete this webform>.
Note: The Carleton team will coordinate group reservation, so please do not contact the hotel directly.
The hotel is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College where all workshop events will be held.
Faculty are exploring Apple’s new IPad Pro and its companion Pencil for teaching, presenting, grading and even classroom activities. Initially prompted by a faculty member in Swarthmore’s French section, Technologist Alexander Savoth has been exploring various ways to incorporate these new technologies into the classroom. The following video is a brief screencast, which highlights three particularly useful apps.
Screencast demo of three teaching tools: Notability, Zen Brush and MyScript Memo.
In June 2017, a LACOL birds-of-a-feather group has formed around Data Sciences. This reflects common interests in sharing around the various ways students learn about and work with data across the liberal arts.
This group is planning a follow up meeting. More details soon.
LACOL 2017 Session 9: Visualizing student storymaps on the web Presenter: Mary Ann Cunningham, Associate Professor of Geography, Vassar College Date & Location: June 16, Vassar College
Web maps, map apps and other emerging applications are making it easier to visualize, share, and publicize spatial data. A principal advantage of these approaches is that we can make visible the issues that matter to us, and that we discuss in classes, from digital access to energy resource impacts to neoliberal development policies. In this talk Mary Ann Cunningham discusses how students in her spring 2017 Geography course, Web Mapping, developed story maps to aid in making visible a variety of issues they wanted to share. In the process of finding and processing data, they developed their data management abilities, and in the app design they practiced prioritizing and organizing narratives.
LACOL 2017 Session 7: From Blended Learning to Digital Pedagogies in the Liberal Arts? Presenter: Jennifer Spohrer, Manager of Educational Technology Services, Bryn Mawr College Date & Location: June 16 at Vassar College
When Bryn Mawr College first proposed experimenting with “blended learning in the liberal arts” back in 2011, we conceptualized it as a combination of “traditional,” face-to-face, liberal arts instruction and online tutorials that assessed and gave students feedback on learning. However, in the initial calls for proposals, it became quickly apparent that liberal arts college faculty were incorporating other types of digital technologies into their teaching, and doing so ways we had not anticipated. This presentation surveys the digitally enabled teaching approaches that have been included under the “blended learning” umbrella since 2011 and identifies “digital pedagogies” that might connect them.
As small institutions cannot always offer the classes our students need at the time they need them, several people at various LACOL schools have been exploring how to remotely share classes. While there many not be enough demand at any one place for a certain topic, by combining students from several schools we can have a course. There are many challenges, especially keeping the small liberal arts feel and having all students engaged. We report on the beta test, Miller’s Problem Solving class at Williams. We’ll discuss the technology used, emphasizing how the content was delivered and connections were made between students and faculty, and the challenges in coordinating a course across several campuses.
Session 9: Adaptive Learning (and Adaptive Teaching) in a First Course in Applied Statistics Speaker: Denny Garvis, Professor of Business Admin & Mgmt, The Williams School at Washington & Lee University
Date & Location: June 16 at Vassar College
This presentation serves as a practical follow-up to the Candace Thille keynote from LACOL 2016. Specifically, adaptive learning courseware originally developed in the Online Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University has been used in the Applied Statistics course in the Williams School at Washington and Lee since 2014. Pedagogical advantages, trade-offs in teaching, and student learning outcomes from using the OLI Statistical Reasoning courseware, now hosted by Stanford EdX, will be discussed.
LACOL 2017 Session 5: Group Brainstorm Presenters/Facilitators: Sean Fox, Brian Alexander Date & Location: June 15 on the Campus of Vassar College (see program details)
Open educational resources and shared collections are hot topics; at the same time, these concepts have been with us for years. For LACOL, opportunities to develop shared resources (repositories) are frequently proposed … but how can we develop useful collections while avoiding common pitfalls? In this brainstorming session, Sean Fox, Technical Director of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College will frame the issues as we invite all workshop participants to brainstorm on the what, the why, and the how of shared collections.
Key questions include:
What are common faculty strategies for seeking and finding teaching resources?
Can we foster effective processes to develop useful collections* through LACOL?
*these questions are pressing for the QS and Language Instruction working groups, but other opportunities exist for LACOL. What do YOU think?