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2012 Fall Conference Program

2012 NERALLT Fall Conference Program

 Thursday, October 11 

11:00–12:30: Board meeting for NERALLT board members only (LITC A02 - in main library)

1:30-2:00: Registration: Blume Center

2:00-3:30: Kellie Campbell and Sean Dailey, Saint Michael's College 

iPads & Learning (Blume Center)

While still in discovery, Kellie and Sean believe they have found a way that iPads and other mobile tools can be used to enhance language learning. Please join us as we discuss and learn how iPads can be used to foster a collaborative classroom environment. This hands-on workshop will cover:

  • A demo of a collaborative app: Nearpod (with time to create and share)
  • Discuss, briefly, technical management (through Apple Configurator) 
  • Show & tell: 40+ apps identified for teaching and learning
  • Review of best practices for pilot, support, and training 
  • Learning outcomes 


3:30-5:00: KEYNOTE

Samantha Earp, Managing Director, Academic Technology Services, Harvard University

What's Beyond the Horizon for Language Technology? (Library, Room 1823)

5:00-6:00: Wine & cheese reception (Library, Room 1823)

6:30: Dinner at First and Last Tavern

Friday, October 12 

All events held in Mather Hall

8:00–9:00: Registration & Breakfast

9:00–9:15: Welcome 

Audrey Sartiaux, NERALLT President
Eduardo Lage-Otero, NERALLT conference host
Melanie Stein, Associate Academic Dean and Professor of Mathematics, Trinity College

9:15-10:00: Presentation

Eduardo Lage-Otero, Trinity College, Blume Center

The Horizon Report and the Event Horizon: On the Future of Language Centers 

In this presentation I will discuss some of the institutional and technological challenges that Language Centers have faced and continue to experience in light of the technological changes presented in the Horizon Report. As language tools and resources have steadily migrated to the Internet and IT organizations have strengthened their instructional footprint, are Language Centers approaching the “event horizon”, the moment in which they are absorbed into the general campus IT infrastructure? is this an inevitable process or are there alternative outcomes? Using the Blume Center as a case study, I will present some ideas about ways in which we can potentially shape the future of the Language Center.

10:00-10:15: Break

10:15-11:00: Presentation

Carole Bergin and Kevin Guiney, Harvard University

Digital Flashcards For Vocabulary: More Than Just a Wordlist

 Digital flashcards, that are both web and mobile viewable, not only make vocabulary lists more accessible and attractive to students, but also appeal to different learning styles and allow the addition of a cultural component, through simple features such as color, audio files and images.

11:00-11:15: Break

11:15-12:00: Presentation

Kellie Campbell, Saint Michael's College

Open Educational Resources: A Changing Landscape

 Since hosting an awareness week on Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licensing, Kellie has continued working with her team to develop resources and ideas for how OER could benefit teaching and learning at SMC. In this presentation, Kellie, Instructional Technologist and Manager of the Language Learning Resource Center, will discuss and share:

  • Overview of OER/Creative Commons 
  • Faculty outlook on OER: What tools seem helpful?
  • Common questions and concerns 
  • Resource site and demo of sites for consuming/sharing 

12:00–1:15: Lunch and Business Meeting

1:15–1:45: Presentation

Roger Travis, University of Connecticut

Real Game-Based Learning: Mapping Learning Objectives to Play Objectives

Roger Travis will present examples from his game-based courses in classics to demonstrate the problems and possibilities of game-based learning. Travis' courses are not video games in any conventional sense, but they make use of the affordances of the rulesets of the most popular videogames to engage students in telling the story of their learning.


2:00–3:00: Horizon Report Break Out Sessions

In groups, participants will select a Horizon Report technology to discuss and report out on its current and near-term impact on language programs and centers. 

3:00–3:15: Concluding Remarks 

Audrey Sartiaux, NERALLT President
Eduardo Lage-Otero, Trinity Host 

3:15–3:45: Tour of the Trinity College Blume Center

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