Ning versus the Campus Portal
I came across this Educause North Atlantic conference presentation file relatively recently. As someone who has created a Ning social Network for one program (and helped develop a Ning network for another), I thought this presentation was interesting. I really wish there were an associated podcast with this powerpoint file because the powerpoint alone does this presentation little justiceOne of the
Librarianship is dead. Long live librarianship.
OK, now that I've got your attention, I decided to create a complimentary post to this blog entry called instructional design is deadMuch discussion has been had on publib recently about the downgrading of librarianship as a profession.One comment says: I certainly wouldn't suggest that we should make our catalogingsystems deliberately arcane or complex simply to justify our existence(s). But there
Podcasts and language learning
Recently I listened to a podcast version of this video-blog.It appears that Steve and I have the same interest in language - learning language in order to communicate :-)While I agree that podcast-only methods of learning a language are not sufficient, I disagree with Steve's thesis that a podcast that has a dialog in a foreign language followed by explanations in the native language is not a good
Start of a new semester
Back to classes!This semester I am back to my norm of three classes a semester. After last semester's relatively relaxed atmosphere (because I only had one class), I wonder how I will cope with being back to full speed.This semester, again, I am focusing on applied linguistics, taking two core courses (one for the core of the program, and one for the concentration), and an elective course on English
Fri, Jan 23 2009 03:50 | blogs, education, foreignLanguage, instructionalDesign, linguistics, terminology
Recently, while clearing out my Google Starred Items, I ran across this article on the Linguist that I meant to read - but it slipped through my radar.I do have to agree with Steve on some points. If you are strictly a linguist, the teaching terminology is jargon that just doesn't make sense. This is one of the reasons I decided to do a dual master's degree in Instructional Design and Applied Linguistics.
Presentations & the grad student
I've been a graduate student now longer than I was an undergraduate. One of the hallmarks of graduate education are presentations, many, many presentations.Granted my first presentations stunk royally, but I've made it my personal goal to be a good presenter by the time I am out of grad school. Blogs like Presentation Zen and classes like Visual Literacy do help, but there is also an element of posture,
The role of grammar in language study
Recently I had posed an open question to people out there to see how much they remember from their intro language courses. I then stumbled upon two relatively recent starred items in my google reader that I had not read yet:The role of grammar in language studyandMore on grammar.I have to say that I agree with Steve on both his posts, and this comes from personal experience. As an undergrad I spent
Instructional Strategies: What Do Online Students Prefer?
Thu, Jan 15 2009 06:13 | instructionalDesign, InstructionalTechnology, LMS, methodology, onlineLearning, preferences, study
I read this study on the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning recently and it brought back memories of my two online classes last summer, and of the courses that friends of mine had to take online at other colleges and universities.Based on this input, I know what my preferences are for online learning:1. The class needs to be asynchronous. If I have to be in Wimba (or other teleconferencing tool)
Multilingualism and the economic crisis
Hot off the heels of my little rant (and recommendation) on LANG101/102 for high schools and universities, here is a fairly recent video blog from a linguist blog that I subscribe to. I thought it was interesting, it's worth 10 minutes :-)
How much do you remember from LANG 101/102?
Mon, Jan 12 2009 07:31 | foreignLanguage, language, languageLearning, opinion, recommendation, undergraduate
I was reading Revising and Defending the Foreign Language Major on InsideHigherEd the the other day when I had a small flashback to recent conversations that I've had with former classmates about their language learning experiences and the language retention that they have.In high school, I was required to take two years of a foreign language in order to graduate. I elected to take 4 years (coming