Language Resources

Using technology around campus

The CLAS Language Learning Center provides resources specifically needed by language instructors--the opportunity to work especially with listening and speaking tasks, with the internet and texts in non-Western fonts, and with multimedia designed especially for language learning. The University of Florida has many other resources which are useful for language instructors.

For the classroom, AT/CIRCA provides:

  1. Classrooms equipped with computers and projectors, on which various kinds of software may be installed (and such options as easy keyboard selection) at the teacher's request. There are pictures of the classroom layouts online. AT also has classrooms set up so that lectures can be recorded.
  2. Computer classrooms. There are Windows classrooms in CBD, CSE, Weil, and Bryan Halls with all the latest and most commonly used software (Word, Powerpoint, etc.). Licensed software (or an easy-access keyboard option) can be installed on the system if the CIRCA team is alerted to the need a couple of months ahead of time. All changes that instructors or students make to a desktop or system are however erased from the local computers when they log out. There are also Mac labs in Architecture and Norman Hall.

Do you need access to a powerful computer with software for digitizing and editing images or movies?

  1. The CITT is a computing resource center for UF faculty. Among its equipment you will find scanners and photo editing software, Windows computers set up for digitizing of videotape, and digital video editing software. CITT also has an audio recording studio for creating digital audio materials. Classes in working with various types of media are offered regularly for faculty.

More communication tools:

  1. Currently UF E-Learning supports the open-source Sakai Classroom Management system, but they are phasing in (2014) a new system called Canvas. Either system provides a secure site for putting lecture notes, link pages, and other materials online for enrolled students only, and facilities for creating and scoring quizzes, discussion boards, and grades. Voicethread is also available for recorded oral discussions, and there is a variety of audio and video conferences. Students log in using their Gatorlink ID. The CITT offers classes for instructors to learn how to customize the interface.
  2. Of special interest to language instruction is UF's Mediasite. This is a very secure streaming site where video (or audio) can be posted and shared with UF students (or made public). Mediasite also has a recorder which will allows the instructor to combine a recording of the desktop (e.g. a Powerpoint) with the spoken word or a video--a powerful tool.
  3. Interested in videoconferencing? The Language Learning Center can provide a Polycom or Skype interface. For more elaborate situations, Contact Campus Video Services--they will provide what you need. Also note that UF has an Access Grid node, which allows computerized videoconferencing among several groups with strong visual and auditory contact. The Access Grid allows these nodes, distributed at over 150 institutions worldwide, to communicate with each other.