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Friday, June 8, 2018

Coffee in the Multimedia Lab!

June 18 - 29, 2018
10:00 - 2:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Jones Hall Multimedia Lab 135

The Jones Hall Multimedia Lab opens for summer session on June 11, 2018 and is open 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. All students are welcome.

During the second and third weeks of the session (June 18 - 28), the Language Center will provide free coffee for lab patrons!

Come to work on PCs or Macs, print materials (even from your personal devices), lounge on the couches, watch international TV, enjoy the laptop bar, work on homework or browse the internet at your leisure between classes. All computers come equipped with headsets for listening and recording as well.

See us on the Public Labs List! Questions or interests in using the lab for classroom purposes? Email elsie@umn.edu.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Join LATIS for the “Fridays with R” Summer Series

This workshop series will teach you how to get started using R to clean, manipulate, summarize, and visualize data as well as how to use R reproducibly with R Markdown and github. Each week will feature a workshop from 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. and an optional "Bring Your Own Data" consultation session in the afternoon. Learn more about the workshop series and register today.
  • June 22, 2018: Introduction to R
  • June 29, 2018: Manipulating data using dplyr
  • July 13, 2018: Visualizing data with Ggplot2
  • July 20, 2018: Reshaping and Merging data
  • July 27, 2018: Reproducible Tools: Markdown and Github in R

Summer at the Language Center: Use our space in new and creative ways!

The Language Center is open for business over May and Summer Session. Our hours are somewhat more limited to reflect the decreased number of classes in session, but our professional and student staff will be here and ready to help!

Computer classrooms: Jones 10, 15, 30 and 35
Bringing your intensive summer class to a technology classroom breaks up and adds diversity to a long day for students (and instructors). We would be pleased to make a recurring reservation for you, or discuss the possibility of having your class meet in Jones as its regular classroom.

It’s not necessary to create new instructional material to use in the classroom; existing lessons can easily be adapted to incorporate technology, and we can help with this.
  • Pair/Group work: The DiLL makes it easy to ensure that all students are communicating, and that pairs/groups are not always the same. You can reform pairs and groups as often as you’d like. The software can also help you to easily deploy and manage conversational tasks to promote interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Authentic media integration: Through the DiLL system, instructors can easily send text, audio, and video materials from files or online.
  • Assessment: Whether oral or written, our classrooms offer software that facilitate the evaluation of language production in a secure environment. For example, you can manage individual oral responses with the DiLL system, or conduct oral exchanges. Furthermore, our classrooms can provide a secure testing environment with the integration of Proctorio in Canvas. We’ll be happy to explore assessment options for your courses.
Contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu for ideas on adapting an existing lesson to include classroom technology.

Multimedia Lab: Jones 135
Over the summer the lab is open for general student use, and it’s a great location for students to work or meet up before or after class. We will also host special events or viewings upon request, including international TV programming, films, student cultural events, and are open to receiving creative event ideas and proposals.

Contact elsie@umn.edu to request an event at the Multimedia Lab or to discuss the possibility of breaking up the day by having part of a class meet in the more informal lab setting.

The summer Tandem program is smaller than in fall and spring, but remains vibrant. Students can register at tandem.umn.edu beginning June 11, 2018, to find a language and conversation exchange partner. In addition to a face-to-face matching program, Tandem often co-hosts cultural events for students.

Contact tandem@umn.edu to propose a student event or activity.

TandemPlus Summer Registration is Almost Here!

Registration for the summer session of TandemPlus is nearly here! Beginning with the main summer session, on Monday, June 11, 2018, students can sign-up or update their profiles at tandem.umn.edu and begin their search for a language and conversation partner for the warm months. The Tandem program is smaller in summer than in the fall and spring, and yet it remains vibrant. Please allow a few weeks into the semester for participants to join, in order to find a partner.

Contact tandem@umn.edu to propose a student event or activity, or with any questions you have about the program!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CEI Online Learning Seminar: Incorporating Multicultural Inclusive Learning & Teaching Practices

Begins June 11, 2018
Register online

This seminar brings together higher education professionals in a virtual space to learn, share, and develop strategies for cultivating learning spaces and teaching practices that support the broad range of learners enrolled in our colleges, programs, and courses. Working together we will re-examine and expand ideas about a) what we teach, b) how we attend to who is in the classroom, c) when we address tensions/conflicts, d) where to be transparent, and e) why all this matters. This seminar does not incorporate webinars for any session. Offered systemwide as a Center for Educational Innovation Developing Effective Online Learning Spaces Seminar, this summer session begins on June 11, 2018 and runs for five weeks.