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Dan and Diane’s Retirement Party

Dan Soneson is retiring later this summer, and Diane Rackowski retired this past winter. You are invited to a celebration and farewell. You can either join on the East Bank (specific location TBA) or join remotely. Light refreshments will be served for in-person attendees. Remote attendees will join via Zoom, and a link will be shared with everyone who RSVPs.

Language Center Director Recognized by IALLT

At the biennial conference of the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) on June 17, 2021, Language Center Director Dan Soneson received the Ruth Trometer Lifetime Achievement Award "in recognition of many years of service and support as well as numerous contributions to the profession." Dan served as editor of the IALLT Journal from 2012-2017.  He co-presented twice at the conference, once with Marlene Johnshoy from CARLA and Jonathan Perkins from the University of Kansas about the Midwest Association for Language Learning Technology’s (MWALLT) innovative online conference in 2020 and 2021, and at a panel session focusing on the Language Collaboratory, our professional learning consortium organized with language centers and institutes at the University of Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan State. Dan served as President of MWALLT from 2014-2018, and Treasurer of the organization from 2014-2020. MWALLT also presented Dan with a crystal award plaque this spring "in Appreciation for many years of service and leadership of MWALLT." Dan is retiring from his position as Language Center Director at the end of July.

Classroom Conferencing Equipment: What to expect in your classroom

For Fall 2021, many instructors and students are looking forward to resuming traditional in person classes, while others will continue with fully remote instruction. Language classes that will serve a mix of in person and remote students joining simultaneously will likely be scheduled in a Classroom Management classroom with one the following three basic conference technology configurations: Two-Camera Video Conferencing, Single-Camera Classroom with a Ceiling Microphone & Mounted Camera, or Single-Camera Classroom with an Audio Video Bar.

Start a New Language Locally or with CourseShare (Now with Catalan)

Students and advisors: If you’re looking for a new language to start or recommend for Fall 2021, first consider one of the many languages offered locally at the university, which include options rarely available at domestic universities, like Dakota, Finnish, Hmong, Ojibwe, Somali and Urdu. If you still don’t see what you’re looking for, next check out CourseShare. Most of the beginning-level CourseShare courses we plan to receive are now open for registration, including the newly opened:

Upcoming Events

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