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LACOL Language Instruction – language placement, diagnostics and refreshers

December 12, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meeting: LACOL Language Instruction: pre-hack-a-thon brainstorm on language placement, diagnostics and refreshers

Special Guest Speakers:
Chico Zimmerman, Professor of Classics, Carleton College
Clara Hardy, Professor of Classics, Carleton College

Session Agenda:
To launch the conversation, Professors Zimmerman and Hardy from Carleton College will share an update on their Latin placement project. Throughout the summer and fall, they have been designing a more effective placement test for Latin and exploring a number of web-based tools/platforms for delivery – see: https://lacol.net/latin-placement-lacol2016. Thought focused on Latin content, their work provides excellent food for thought with broad relevance to diagnostics and refreshers for modern languages as well.

The remainder of the session will focus on plans for the hack-a-thon. What are the shared goals? What pre-work can help to lay a solid foundation? What kinds of productive “hands on” work can faculty and technologist do together in person in May?

A small group of faculty has done some brainstorming about the hack-a-thon already. We will share initial ideas and build from there.
Hack-a-thon Pre-work Activities:

Monday, December 12


December 12, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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