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Monday, December 5, 2016

Language Center Computer Classrooms: Planning for Spring 2017

Language instructors, are you planning your courses for Spring semester? The Language Center Classroom Support Team would like to provide you with the best possible experience when using Language Center classrooms.

Please let us know if you are planning an activity that you'll be doing for the first time (or haven't done in a long while) so we can ensure that the software or web plugin that's needed is available. If you're unfamiliar with the DiLL or some other software, contact us and we can give you training and time to practice before your class meets.

Please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello, our Classroom Support Coordinator, at carri093@umn.edu to learn more.

PACE Open Conversation: Understanding course evaluations as public documents

Thursday, December 15, 2016
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Jones 35

After several years of requests from the Minnesota Student Organization, the University of Minnesota agreed in 2014 to release data from student course evaluations to the public. These include the more general student responses to courses regarding understanding of content, successful use of educational technology, clear grading standards, stimulation of interest, and recommendation of the course to others. The Minnesota Daily summarized the results on November 16, 2016.

In light of this information, the PACE Project will hold an open conversation to reflect on how best to interpret and utilize student course evaluations. Faculty, supervisors, and course instructors from all language departments are invited to share their reactions to the release of this data, and also to consider ways in which we can use student evaluations as a tool to aid in the tasks of course design and professional development.


Angela Bowlus, Assistant Director of Advising, CLA Undergraduate Education 
Helena Ruf, Director of Language Instruction, Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch
Mandy Menke, Director of Language Instruction, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Frances Matos-Schultz, Coordinator of Spanish 1022, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

PACE Open Hours: Experience the BOSSA App

Thursday, December 15, 2016
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Jones 35

As you gear up for the Spring semester, the PACE Project team invites you to experience the new BOSSA app (formerly known as the one-touch delivery system). The App allows for integrated, timed recordings, which significantly reduces the burden on instructors. A few instructors kindly piloted the app this semester and report that the ease of delivery allows them more time to focus on pair and group discussions.

Using the app, BOSSA delivery is easy ... all you do is direct your students to wait or go ahead a couple of times, and the rest of it– recording and all!– is done for you. Now that we've worked out a few bugs in the program, it's time to invite everyone to try it out.

Join us and experience it first-hand! If you like it, you can sign up for this easy new delivery format for your Spring sessions!

Take some time from your busy schedule and come and explore the new BOSSA app. Coffee will be served.

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

TandemPlus Finals Study Jam

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
5:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Armory 202

The end of fall semester is nearly here, with finals week just around the corner. To ease the tension and provide a lively space to cram for projects and exams, TandemPlus is putting on an end-of-semester study jam for all participants. Bring yourself and your partner, along with all of your study materials and together we'll put our noses to the grindstone to prepare for finals! Coffee, tea, pizza, cookies, and doughnuts will be served as refreshments to keep you going throughout the evening.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Language Center to Close Early Wednesday

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, the Main Office will close at 5:15 p.m. and the Multimedia Lab will close at 5:00 p.m. so that student staff can travel home for the holiday. The computer classrooms will be open for previously scheduled classes.