Spanish class in ILRC

ILRC Annual Reports

Annual Report for 2017-2018
Interactive Language Resource Center (ILRC)
Daniel E. Meyers, Director

 

For the 2017-2018 academic year, an estimated 12,185 student visits were made to the facilities that comprise the ILRC. This brings an estimated 1,087,995 student visits to the ILRC and its predecessor, the Language Laboratory, since these facilities began operations in the late 1950s.

The ILRC continues to provide faculty, staff, and students with language-oriented technology services and assistance in the languages in the following areas:

  • Television and satellite broadcast recording
  • Web-based video conferencing
  • Room reservation scheduling within the ILRC
  • Technology and hardware/software related support for language faculty
  • Creation and posting of language-specific learning materials for the ILRC Online
  • Media duplication, conversion, and transcoding
  • Administration of SPEAK testing for the Graduate School
  • Administration of OPI and WPT testing for the School of Education and the College of Arts and Science
  • Language Placement testing services for all colleges and schools within the university
  • Open lab and drop-in computing facilities and related services

The Director acquired several certifications this past academic year in response to specific needs and requirements of faculty requests and projects. The Director obtained an IRB Human Research as Subjects certification, Human Research IT Technology Personnel certification, and achieved Academic Advising Level A Status certification for the College of Arts and Science.

The ILRC facilities and Director’s technical assistance was tapped this academic year to assist the Department of GRAMELAC and Classics with mutual distance learning courses between Miami University and Ohio University, Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati.

Several faculty in Spanish & Portuguese, GRAMELAC, and Classics made use of the ILRC’s equipment to explore virtual reality applications in foreign language learning and education and to see how virtual reality applications could be used in the classroom.

The Director once again renewed and affirmed his willingness to provide resources and cooperation with the Myaamia Center and to provide assistance to its director, Daryl Baldwin, whenever he so chooses to initiate the call.

The Director represented Miami University at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) conference, which was held at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in May 2017. The Director continued to volunteer as the lead technical coordinator for this international conference.

The Director wishes to thank student assistants Vincenzo Bianco, Madison Braun, Maura Durcan, Grady Quinn, Stanislav Stanchev, Warwick Reader, and Monica Werden for their contributions to making the ILRC a quality facility.

 


Previous Annual Reports
For reports of academic years prior to those listed above, please contact the Director, and a PDF of a particular year may be available.