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Monday, March 27, 2017

Multimedia Lab Jones 135 Closed Briefly on Thursday

The walk-in Multimedia Lab Jones 135 will be closed on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for a staff training event.

Spring 2017 PACE Testing Begins Friday: Free Coffee in the Multimedia Lab

Between March 31 and May 12, 2017, the Language Testing Program will administer over 2300 ACTFL tests as part of the PACE Project. All of these tests are scheduled in the four Jones computer classrooms, concurrent with other tests and regular class sessions. Peak testing season can result in approximately 100 students waiting in the hallway for their rooms to open. The hallway noise can become very distracting to test takers in the classrooms, particularly those that are taking a listening test.

In an effort to reduce the hallway noise on the ground floor, we are asking for instructors’ help in encouraging their students to remain quiet while waiting in the hallway for their room to open and limiting the time they wait outside their room. To serve those who arrive early for class, we are inviting students to come to Multimedia Lab Jones 135 for free coffee. We hope that this offer will incentivize students who arrive early for their class or test to wait in the relaxing and inviting lab, as opposed to the crowded hallway. Testing begins this Friday, March 31, and students who arrive early for their Jones classroom test or class between 2:15 and 4:30 p.m. on that day are invited to grab a cup of coffee (with a lid!) and wait in the lab.

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

University of Minnesota Language Programs: Awards, Honors and Kudos

Dr. Hangtae Cho, Director of the Korean language program in the department of Asian Languages and Literatures, is a 2017 winner of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. Dr. Cho is a program-builder whose teaching appeals to students from all backgrounds. His motivational teaching encourages students to pursue cultural learning at the highest level inside and outside the classroom.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Minnesota eLearning Summit: 2017 Excellence Award Nominations

The Minnesota eLearning Summit committee is pleased to announce the second MN eLearning Excellence Awards Call for Nominations. The Excellence Awards will recognize teachers, faculty, administrators, and staff engaged with exceptional elearning experiences, practices, or projects. The awards are open to individuals or teams who are affiliated with Minnesota-based E−12 or higher education institutions. Self-nominations are welcome.

Minnesota eLearning Summit: Blended and Online Learning

August 2-3, 2017
Normandale Community College
Bloomington, MN

Register for the Summit
Register as an Exhibitor
Submit a Presentation Proposal (March 10, 2017 deadline)

Calling all innovators in the field of online and blended learning! Share your research and unique perspective with your peers. Come to the 2017 MN eLearning Summit, the premier gathering place for K-12, college, and university educators and innovators in the Midwest that are committed to effective online and blended learning. The Summit planning committee welcomes first-time presenters!

Select institutions and organizations will be offering financial support for presenters and attendees.