ILRC Annual Reports

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 Irvin Hall in the Fall  Irvin Hall in the Fall
 Arabic Students in the Windows Lab  Arabic Students in the Windows Lab
 Arabic Students in the Windows Lab  Arabic Students in the Windows Lab
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Annual Report for 2018-2019
Interactive Language Resource Center (ILRC)

Daniel E. Meyers, Director

For the 2018-2019 academic year, an estimated 13,966 student visits were made to the facilities that comprise the ILRC. This brings an estimated 1,101,961 student visits to the ILRC and its predecessor, the Language Laboratory, since these facilities began operations in the late 1950s.

The Director acquired several certifications this past academic year in response to student requests. The Director obtained a certification to be a Safe Zone for Miami’s LGBTQIA community and obtained certification to be a Green Zone support person to assist military veterans and ROTC students at Miami.

During the fall semester, the Director assisted the four language departments in upgrading their official web sites to conform to the university web template standard being used by University Marketing and Communications. This aligns all the language departments with the marketing vision of UCM and provided a template for the College or Arts and Science, as the departments and the ILRC were the first in the College to transition.

The ILRC hosted a new welcome promotion during the first two days of classes of the Fall semester (August 27 and 28). The ILRC gave away several LED flashlight keychains, Pens, Microfiber clothes, and soda to passers-by. Many students were delighted with the giveaways and attendance to the ILRC was up significantly over previous years.

The Director applied for and received funding in the amount of $6422 for fall’s Technology Fee competition. A new video conference setup was installed in the ILRC’s Windows classroom over J-Term and winter break to supplement the Registrar controlled video conference room in Irvin Hall 128. This addition has greatly helped language course set up videoconference times and dates that would otherwise not be possible due to assigned courses in room 128.

In the spring semester, the Dean’s Office granted the ILRC 23 new Windows computers to update older computers in the Windows lab. The Dean granted a total of $22,839 from the year’s capital equipment allocation, for which the Director and students using the ILRC are very grateful.

The Director represented Miami University at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) conference, which was held at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois in May 2018. The Director continued to volunteer as the lead technical coordinator for this international conference. For 2019, the Director will once again volunteer as the lead technical coordinator for the conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The Director wishes to thank student assistants Vincenzo Bianco, Madison Braun, Maura Durcan, Grady Quinn, Warwick Reader, and Stanislav Stanchev for serving competently and 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.