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For the week of April 23, 2018

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Fun with Speaking and Reading during German Conversation Hour!

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Do you use VoiceThread in your class? Are you interested in learning more about how this tool might be used in your intermediate and advanced courses? If so, the International Association for Language Learning Technology's upcoming FREE webinar "Using Voicethread to engage intermediate and advanced students in the language classroom" may be of interest to you. The webinar takes place THIS THURSDAY, April 26 at 1pm CDT. To register, visit: http://iallt.org/webinars/4-26-18/.


It's not too soon to start thinking about your Fall 2018 courses! The LCLC will be closed after May 11th, so now's the time to start laying the groundwork for any substantial Fall tech projects. If you're going to be using a new tool, adding a new component or assignment, or thinking about changing some aspect of your course, email us to make an appointment to talk over your options. 

Weekly Workshop: Grading with Rubrics in Blackboard. Do you already use rubrics when you grade? Are you interested in starting? Blackboard rubrics make grading a snap and let you quickly (and paperlessly!) give students feedback on their assignments. They also help keep grading uniform, which makes them great for large or multi-section courses. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to design a good rubric, show you how rubrics work in Blackboard and how you can pair them with Blackboard's inline grading feature, and help you set up your own rubric based on an assignment for your class. Be sure to bring a copy of your syllabus or assignment!

Can't make the scheduled workshop times below? Email us to set up a meeting at the LCLC or in your office: lclc@uic.edu

LCLC Weekly Workshop: Grading with Rubrics in Blackboard
Week of April 23rd-27th
Wednesday
11-12
GH 301
Thursday
3-4
GH 301

A teaching with technology tip of the week:

Quick, Distraction-Free YouTube Clips with ViewPure

We've featured ViewPure (http://viewpure.com) in past tech tips, but this site has a new feature that we think makes it worth featuring again.

At its origin, ViewPure is a free, easy-to-use tool that allow you to view YouTube videos without distractions. With ViewPure, you can either search for your video or enter a link and remove all of the clutter - ads, recommended videos, comments, descriptions, and more! This makes ViewPure great for showing videos in class or sharing videos with students without having to worry about what else will pop up on the screen. All ViewPure videos can be linked and shared just like their YouTube originals.

Recently, ViewPure has added a new feature that makes it even better for classroom use. When you enter a YouTube link into ViewPure, you can click a small gear icon and create a custom clip from the YouTube video you entered. Found a great 15-minute video but only want to show 2 minutes of it? Just enter the time you want to start and stop the video, click Purify, and ViewPure does the rest. Your new video will still contain the whole video, but will now start and stop where you tell it. This is great for not only showing clips in class (No more fumbling around in class trying to find the right spot.) but also posting them on Blackboard for students to watch at home!

In the same "gear" options, you can also create custom names for your ViewPure links, and if you'd like create passwords for the videos. This is a great option if you are "purifying" unlisted YouTube videos that you'd rather not share widely.

Best of all, all of these features are available free and without creating an account!

Check out an example of ViewPure in action here: http://viewpure.com/accents

New at Daley Library:

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Encourage your students who have done or are finishing up any type of research project to apply.

For more info and application: https://researchguides.uic.edu/researchawards

Questions? Contact Carl Lehnen, Library Liaison for LCSL - clehnen@uic.edu

UIC LCLC social media! Encourage your students and colleagues to check out the UIC Language and Culture Learning Center Facebook page and Instagram and Twitter feeds. Stay up-to-date with LCLC happenings. Promoting our pages is a good way to ensure your students know about your conversation hour or film series.

Weekly events for you and your students in 308 Grant Hall, listed below and on our calendar: lclc.uic.edu. All events at the LCLC are free and open to students of all levels (and the whole UIC community). To request 308 for your cultural event, click here.


CONVERSATION HOURS & FILMS
GRANT HALL 308 (LANGUAGE OASIS)

Please see lclc.uic.edu for the most up-to-date schedule.

All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills.
All films are shown with English subtitles.

Click a flag to view event details including film titles and descriptions.

 

Monday
Arabic Conversation

11-12


Chinese Conversation

12-1


Spanish Conversation

1-2

Tuesday
Arabic Conversation

12-1


German Film

12-2
in GH 305


Spanish Book Club

3:15-4


Korean Conversation

4-5

Wednesday
Arabic Conversation

11-12


German Conversation

12-1


Greek Conversation

1-2


Italian Conversation

2-3

Thursday
Spanish Film

10-12


Japanese Conversation

12-1


French Film

3:30-5:30


Korean Conversation

4-5
in GH 305

Friday
French Conversation

12-1


Polish Film

1-3
every other week
(click flag for dates)


Russian Film

1-3
every other week
(click flag for dates)

Scroll down to see our featured Cultural Events in the Chicago area. If you know of an event you think would fit, please send it to us by 9AM on Friday mornings, and we'll include it in our Monday newsletter.

Visit us online: http://lclc.uic.edu

To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at lclc@uic.edu.


This Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Children's Day Japanese Sweets Fair - Friday, April 27th
Open from 9am-8pm, restaurant hours open 11am-7:30pm. Call (847) 956-6699 for more information.
Fee: FREE
Location: Mitsuwa Marketplace, 100 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Click here for more information.

Next Week's Featured Chicago-Area Cultural Event

 Trivia Night: Travel - Thursday, May 3 at 6pm
Join us for a night of travel-themed trivia and test your world knowledge! Whether you are a travel genius or know little to nothing, this trivia night will sure to be a fun night of  of curious, like-minded lovers of all things travel! Just like previous Trivia Nights, there will be prizes and fun. Bring friends or come solo to this casual evening; we will organize the teams. Refreshments will be served. No need to be a member, anyone with an interest in trivia is welcome.
Fee: $5
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610
Click here for more information.