Pre-Conference Workshops


31. Friday, 8:30 - 12:30 BYU Technology Tour FREE
A walking tour through the new Humanities Technology and Research Support Center and associated labs, followed by a visit to BYU's Center for Instructional Design, and Dr. Michael Bush's ARCLITE lab. Limited to 25 people.

32. Friday 8:30 - 12:30 BYU English Language Center & LDS Missionary Training Center $25
This tour will begin at the BYU English Language Center and conclude with a presentation from the training staff of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Missionary Training Center. Limited to 30 people.

33. Friday 8:30 - 12:30 IALLT LCDK Workshop: Designing the Language Center $50
Jack Burston, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology

Price includes discounted cost of LCDK Manual. Are you thinking or building or redesigning a language learning center? This workshop will help you consider everything from the floor to ceiling along with the issues and uncertainties of trying to design a learning center in the era of rapidly changing media.

34. Friday 8:30 - 12:30 Sanako Lounge 100 $25
Gus Leonard, Yoshiko Saito-Abbot CSU Monterey Bay

Sanako Lounge 100 adding depth to your online and face to face courses: VoIP comes to class Online courses for language and culture learning have long been limited to a focus on reading and writing modes, but advances in network technologies have enabled real-time oral/aural activities and skills to take a greater role in the classroom. This workshop will introduce participants to the Sanako Lounge 100 application, a synchronous, on-line Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) application, as it is used in the CSU system as the primary tool of communication for the Japanese courses in the Virtual Language Lab project. The workshop will provide a demonstration of the tool as it is used in the VLL for non face-to-face courses, as well as how it has been adapted for use in the face-to-face classroom. Additional time will be provided to experimentation with the application hands-on and to discussion of extended applications for the tool.

35. Friday, 8:30 - 5:30: Using Revolution for Web Apps $50
Devin Asay, BYU

Revolution is a rapid application development environment produced by Runtime Revolution, Ltd. of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is modeled after Apple's HyperCard, but includes many more powerful features that give the developer easy access to modern internet, multimedia and database technologies. This workshop will provide a thorough, hands-on introduction to Revolution. The instruction moves briskly, so it is especially appropriate for developers with experience in HyperCard, Toolbook, SuperCard and similar development environments. Each student will have the opportunity to develop a custom instructional application that incorporates multimedia and web-based content. This workshop will provide a thorough, hands-on introduction to Revolution. The instruction moves briskly, so it is especially appropriate for developers with experience in HyperCard, Toolbook, SuperCard and similar development environments. Each student will have the opportunity to develop a custom instructional application that incorporates multimedia and web-based content.

36. Friday 1:30 - 5:30 Conference Center & LDS A/V $25
Participants will to Salt Lake City and tour the LDS Conference Center Interpretation Facilities and be shown the latest technology to allow simultaneous interpretation in 75 languages. Limited to 30 people

37. 1:30 - 5:30 Technology Shy? Here's Help! $25
Marlene Johnshoy, Minnesota

This workshop utilizes a series of free online modules that help teachers think about how to apply technology after becoming more familiar with technology resources available to them. In these modules, teachers can learn about various technology topics. Each module contains: an introduction, background readings, examples, hands-on practice, a discussion board to share ideas, and collections of additional resources and tutorials for each topic. In the workshop, teachers will work through one of the modules so they understand how the model operates. We will also take a look at a set of very easy online tools referenced by one of the modules that teachers can use to create activities for their students.

Click here to download the workshop handout as a PDF document.

38. Friday 1:30 - 5:30 ExTemplate: A Language Learning Management System $25
Claire Bartlett, Hajime Kumahata, Eric Granquist, Rice University

Developed at Rice University, ExTemplate allows users to create web interactive tests/exercises in a variety of formats with full multimedia integration. This user-friendly learning management system was designed specifically for languages. It supports many languages including Non-Western languages and right to left languages. Due to its database functionality, it allows both instructors and students to access cumulative records on the web. During this workshop we will distribute a free copy of ExTemplate 2.1 and discuss the technical requirements for installation at your institution. You will learn how to create a variety of tests/exercises: multiple choice, fill in the blanks, matching, short answer, true false, and recording (speaking). You will also learn how to embed audio/video (Real, Quicktime, Windows Media, Wimba), link tests/exercises to web pages, grade exercises/tests, share your test/exercises with other instructors, and manage accounts if you are an administrator for your language Lab or IT. For the workshop, participants will use Windows computers to author tests/exercises and the Microsoft IMEs to write in non-Western languages. Since ExTemplate is platform independent and web based, prior experience with Windows is not necessary. Languages supported: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Server requirements: Cold Fusion, SQL Server, IIS, RealServer, and Wimba. Assistance in Japanese Available

39. Friday 1:30 - 5:30 Producing Language Video $25
Michael Bush, BYU

This workshop will demonstrate on how the ARCLITE team has produced authentic, language video materials and provide hands-on training for workshop participants in all phases of digital video production and internet deployment. Dr. Bush will also explain how to edit and refine the raw footage to meet pedagogical needs.

40. Friday, 8:30 - 12:30 Teaching Japanese, Chinese, and Russian On-Line: The University System of Georgia's Access Initiative for Less-Commonly Taught Languages $25
Dr. Masato Kikuchi, Dr. Xiaoliang Li, Ms. Natasha Anthony, Ms. Iryna Kozlova

The University System of Georgia enrolls 250,000 students at 34 institutions, but on-campus instruction in Japanese, Chinese, and Russian is limited to a handful of locations. To promote access to the study of these languages, we developed first- and second-year courses in each language that are taught completely on-line, serving students across the System (and across the U.S.). Funding from the National Security Education Program supported this initiative. This session will demonstrate the interactive design of the courses and discuss the pedagogical, technological, and logistical challenges of this effort.

41. Friday 1:30 - 5:30 Can "Off the Shelf" Software Really Fit the Curriculum? Integrating Auralog's "Tell Me More" into French I and II. $25
Stacy Kluge, M Ed Instructional Technology, Macon State College

This hands-on presentation will provide an overview of the theory and usage of "TeLL me More" Foreign Language Software which addresses listening, speaking, reading & writing skills as well as cultural knowledge in an interactive, multimedia enhanced format. The user-friendly technical aspects of the "TeLL me More" product such as installation, training, setting up instructor and student accounts, user tracking and the creation of customized learning paths for students will be demonstrated. Special attention will be given to how "TeLL me More" was implemented at Macon State College to tailor student learning paths to be in alignment with course texts.


50. Saturday, 8:30 - 12:30 Introducing Teachers to Moodle $25
Mark Stevens, American Univ of Sharjah [UAE]

What is Moodle? Moodle is an open-source/free online learning management system (LMS)/virtual learning environment (VLE) that has become increasingly popular with students and teachers because Moodle is empowering and enjoyable. Participants in this hands-on workshop will set up and experiment with a bare Moodle course. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of Moodling (log in, profile, course settings, activities, blocks, etc) in a practical/applied manner: each participant will access a live course online. Participants will also be able to access the same course online for two weeks after the workshop.

51. Saturday, 1:30 - 5:30 Hacking Hot Potatoes $25
Martin Holmes, Stewart Arneil, University of Victoria

With Hot Potatoes, you can produce fairly sophisticated Web-based teaching materials without understanding anything about the code (XHTML, Cascading Stylesheets and JavaScript) behind the scenes. However, for many users this is not enough; you may want to create exercises that do not function or appear in quite the default Hot Potatoes manner. Therefore we have built the architecture of Hot Potatoes in such a way that anyone with a little knowledge about the underlying code can easily make significant customizations without risk. In this workshop, we'll show how a little coding knowledge in one of HTML, CSS, or JavaScript can give you a lot of power over how Hot Potatoes exercises appear and behave. First, we will explain and demonstrate how the Hot Potatoes programs make use of their "source files" (the templates used to create the exercises), and show how you can set up a project to use your own collection of customized source files. Then, participants will work through several simple examples of modifications we, or other users, have found useful. The final stage of the workshop will be a kind of "consultation period", when participants can suggest modifications they would like to make, and get our advice on how best to implement them. Participants should be prepared to edit some HTML, CSS or JavaScript code, but no serious programming skills are required.

52. Saturday , 8:30 - 12:30 Curb Cuts in the Digital Language Lab $25
Lisa Jansen, Wisconsin

Curb cuts make sidewalks accessible not only to people who use wheelchairs, but also to people who push strollers, ride bikes, and wear roller blades. Digital curb cuts make learning materials accessible not only to students with disabilities, but also non-native speakers, students who own older or slower computer equipment, and people who access materials via alternative devices such as Personal Digital Assistants (e.g., Palm Pilots, Pocket PCs) and wireless phones. In this workshop we'll introduce current issues, solutions and resources for assuring maximum access to digital language learning materials. We'll share basic information about accessibility (concepts, laws, and guidelines) and research about common web accessibility errors. Participants will have ample time to evaluate web pages on their own web sites using a variety of free online tools. This session is appropriate for faculty and staff who develop web pages or who supervise people who do.

Download the workshop slides in PDF format (5.5MB).

53. Saturday 8:30 - 5:30 Building a Configurable Media Loader with Flash Pro 2000 $50
Bill Christensen, Southwestern

In this hands-on workshop we will explore several of the advanced features available in Flash Professional 2004 and build a reusable, configurable media loader for embedding video and audio in an html page. To build this media loader we will use the component and package-based architecture newly implemented in FP 04. We will begin by examining the MediaPlayback component, considering how to work with it, and what it can do. We will then look at the capabilities (and restrictions) of Flash's new implementation of classes and packages, and use it to build two custom classes to load an xml document, parse it, and store the xml data. We will then combine the MediaPlayback component with our custom classes to produce a small application that can be configured at runtime via xml to point at multiple video or audio files on a server. Finally, we will consider how to pass information from an html page to an embedded Flash application to create a reference to the xml configuration file at runtime, thereby enhancing reusability. This workshop is intended for those with a solid familiarity with the Flash authoring environment, and at least an intermediate-level programming ability.

54. Saturday 8:30 - 5:30 Introducing CALL to Non-Native English Speaking Teachers $50
Kimberly A. MacDonald, Amir H. Soheili-Mehr, University of Toronto

NOTE: Due to a medical emergency, this workshop was cancelled. Please contact the presenters for further information.

The benefits of computer assisted language learning (CALL), especially the efficient, effective, and practical use of the Internet for language development and cultural awareness is not new. It is safe to say that this point has been well researched, presented, and that teachers are in agreement (Turnbull and Lawrence, 2003; Simonsson, 2004). The dilemma exists with the vastness of the Internet and other available resources. As a result, harvesting its potential can be an overwhelming task. It is even more overwhelming for Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNESTs) who have the double responsibility to bring students a) to master reading and writing skills in order that they are able, with success, to take their place in a society marked by a reading and writing culture; and b) to acquire intercultural competence in order that they can develop the ability to know how to live together within pluralist societies (Medgyes, 1999). Although many schools have Internet access, allowing NNESTs to collect their own supply of favorite Internet sites to add to numerous language learning computer programs in their classrooms, sifting through the mountain of web-sites, web tools, and other information can be challenging, even for veteran teachers and skilled computer gurus. The aim of this workshop is threefold. First, to simplify the above mentioned task by introducing and sharing the benefits of one Internet authoring tool known as a WebQuest. Second, to provide NNESTs with practical step-by-step guidelines that will allow them to use the Internet to plan, to develop, and to construct their own interactive, communicative, and intercultural language learning experiences according to students needs and abilities. Third, to introduce our web-site, a work-in-progress, which caters to CALL resources for NNESTs; an original contribution to knowledge in the area of NNESTs, which according to the current research base, CALL resources for non-native learners of ESL excluded, no prior study has addressed.

55. Saturday, 1:30 - 5:30 Basic Video Techniques for Web $25
Clayton Mitchell, Drake University

Have you ever wished you could make your videos look like the pros? This session will give you tools you need to improve your video projects. This is a best practices workshop for the beginning video producer. The session will help participants to assess the needs of their project. Topics covered will be: Making an informed decision about your video, Know your camera, Choosing the correct microphone, Lighting your subject, Proper composition, How to edit your video, How to place it on the web, and much more. This will be a fun and informative session, I hope you can join me!

57. Saturday, 8:30 - 12:30 IALLT Management Workshop $50
Ute Lahaie, IALLT

Do you want to learn how to better manage your language media center? Do you struggle with the multiple challenges that you face in directing a media center? Do you know how to find a balance between budget, staffing, faculty support, technology training, public relations and copyright issues? If so, this is the right workshop for you! The editor and several authors of the IALLT Management Manual will present different chapters from the new IALLT publication. In their presentation, they will provide valuable information and resources on burning issues that learning center directors face on a daily basis. The topics addressed include management issues, budget and staffing questions, and the role of the media center in providing technology training. Workshop participants have the opportunity to address additional questions concerning the management of a learning center during the discussion time. In addition, each workshop participant will receive a copy of the new IALLT Management Manual.

58. Saturday, 1:30 - 5:30 TestFabrik $25
Dan Soneson, Southern Connecticut State

TestFabrik is a cross-platform template for constructing interactive multimedia foreign language tests in four modalities: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The template makes use of video, audio, graphics, and texts in a variety of ways. The workshop will introduce the concept of the exam format, which can be administered at any point in the foreign language curriculum. The format of the assessment tool is communicative and holistic. Students have an opportunity to demonstrate their communicative competence by fulfilling specific tasks. The template is constructed so that instructors can enter specific instructions for each task as well as determine which sound, text, video or graphics file will display for each task. TestFabrik also provides for up to six alternatives for each task. The program chooses one of the alternatives at random, so that not all students respond to the exact same task. Participants will work actively with the template to construct an exam covering all four modalities. Workshop includes a CD with software and an online manual. The session is targeted at both foreign language instructors and technical staff.