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Sabbatical, Books, IALLT Presidency and Other Updates

Sabbatical, Books, IALLT Presidency and Other Updates

I’m on sabbatical this fall semester, so I’ve tried to carve out time for thinking, reading, and working on my book project (“Physical, digital, hybrid: New engaging spaces for language learning and teaching”). Today I thought I’d blog about a few updates and things that happened over the last half year. IALLT Presidency After 2 […]


Pfefferhausen.org

Pfefferhausen.org

I finally moved our city of Pfefferhausen web site to a new server and reserved a much nicer URL: http://www.pfefferhausen.org/ There’s still much to do, but the move is complete, the Game On plugin installed, and I am ready to include all our social media, reorder last year’s student projects, and continue making the site similarly […]


Learning Space Consulting

Learning Space Consulting

I often get asked by my colleagues “how this whole consulting thing works.” Many of them are humanities faculty, and they rarely, if ever, do any kind of consulting work. My language learning and technology or language center staff colleagues who are new to this field are also often interested in how to get into consulting and how […]


Alternate Reality Project

Alternate Reality Project

It’s been a while… After receiving tenure, I took a small break from blogging. Also, I was elected as President-Elect of the International Association for Language Learning and Technology and have been working on a couple of articles and an (edited) book project entitled “From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: The Past, Present, […]


Electronic Portfolios

Electronic Portfolios

I recently received a grant to work on electronic portfolios on our campus. Today I offered our first hands-on workshop on the topic: creatingelectronic portfolios for beginners. I introduced 3 relatively accessible tools that are available for free or for a fee with additional options: weebly, wordpress.com and lucidpress. Here’s a brief overview video I […]


Language Lab Unleashed Live

Language Lab Unleashed Live

Several years ago there were some wonderful podcasts about language learning and technology. The conversations were recorded and also available live. We have recently revived these podcasts; they are now shorter and include video, but they are weekly and are meant to be conversation loosely guided by a topic that each of us suggests. They […]


IALLT 2013

Different types of seating allow for more individualized learning styles

IALLT 2013 was a wonderful conference! I learned so much, and was happy to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. It was great to see so much interest in language center design and new learning spaces. The presentation slides and handouts are now available online, you can find them here My sessions were the […]


Major Site Updates

Major Site Updates

Finally there has been a major overhaul of this site. Some of this was on the back end, while other changes are quite visible. Behind the scenes: – WP multisites enabled and installed – better security – back-up workflow established and general maintenance Visible Changes: –  complete visual overhaul – favicon added – Apple touch […]


DST Project: Phase 1 Completed

DST Project: Phase 1 Completed

Phase 1 of my digital storytelling project is done! Four participants granted us the right to post the stories about them. The project turned out as desired: the stories aren’t flashy, but students spent a lot of time speaking and listening to German, and many had an aha-moment when they heard stories and opinions from […]


Project Progressing

Project Progressing

The new “mosaic” web site for my digital storytelling project is up and running. Content will come soon, the students in my German 301 class have started with the prep work and will be able to post the final stories by the end of the semester. For now, here’s the design of the new site. […]


International Photo Contest 2009

The Rhodes College Language is currently hosting the International Photo Contest 2009. I put up a photo stream of all entries. Some great images, please check them out here: http://www.rhodes.edu/academics/16284.asp


My interview in a Financial Times Article

Today the Financial Times Deutschland article I was interviewed for was published! They cut out several quotes, but it’s pretty good anyways. The topic is my dissertation topic: "The Depiction of Germans and Germany in American Advertising." http://www.ftd.de/lifestyle/outofoffice/:Out-of-Office-Sehen-und-gesehen-werden/526801.html