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Changing Language Centers

Changing Language Centers

Language Centers continue to change rapidly. Since their lab-era days they have always been built around technology. Until recently. The decreasing cost of computing devices, ubiquity of mobile devices (laptops, tables, smartphones, …), and dwindling size have changed the nature of the Language Center in recent years. As fewer computers, especially desktops, have to be installed and […]


Team and Task Management

Team and Task Management

When it comes to managing teams, such as student workers, it is difficult to make sure everything gets done. When there is a group of people, something always falls through the cracks. For example, a student worker A is working on  task for a professor. His shift is ending, but he forgets to tell student […]


Language Center Design and Management in the Post-Language Laboratory Era

Language Center Design and Management in the Post-Language Laboratory Era

It has been a while! I took a break from writing on this page to rethink the future of languagetechnologybootcamp.org (it’ll stay, of course) and also to focus more on publishing. Want to find out more about the state of language centers in 2014? My article about “Language Center Design and Management in the Post-Language […]


ACTFL 2013 Plenary: The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World

ACTFL 2013 Plenary: The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World

In late November I had the pleasure to be on the plenary panel  The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World at ACTFL 2013 in Orlando, Florida. My 3 co-presenters were fantastic! All 4 of us had been invited by the ACTFL president to deliver an inspiring TED-style session. This was a format […]


Whiteboard Paint

Whiteboard Paint

  One of the coolest non-tech features of our language learning center at Rhodes is the fact that you can write on the walls (and the sliding doors when they are closed). It’s great for professors who need more space than the mobile whiteboard provides. Students can write their answers on the wall during class, […]


The New Language Learning Center at Willamette University

The New Language Learning Center at Willamette University

I was fortunate to visit the brand new Language Learning Center at Willamette Universityfor the last few days. I was invited to give the inaugural presentation (“Language Learning Spaces at Liberal Arts Colleges”) and meet with faculty, students, administrators, and of course language center employees. The space shows how far we’ve come in terms of […]


Language Center Panoramas

Language Center Panoramas

Here are two 360 degree panoramas of our new language center:


The new language center

The move into the new language center went pretty well, after all. We’re mostly set up now, only waiting for a few minor upgrades and some tweaking here and there. Not all computers have web cams and headsets yet, but they should arrive soon. I will be discussing various features here in the future. For […]