SUNY Stony Brook

March 23 - 25



Conference Program

Friday, March 23

9:00 am - noon




"Sound Advice for QuickTime"

Claire Bradin Siskin and David Malicki
University of Pittsburgh


QuickTime movies, found in many language learning programs and on the Web, allow students to control language input. In this workshop designed for beginners, participants will learn how to create the audio-only QuickTime "movies" with a freeware program. They will learn how to manipulate the files with QuickTime Pro, a $30 program. They will learn to incorporate QuickTime into several software applications, CALL authoring programs, and Web pages. Handouts and an accompanying Web page will be provided. Macintosh computers will be used for the workshop; however, QuickTime movies can be created and played on Windows-based computers as well.

The following topics will be covered:

Overview; pedagogical justification for using QuickTime
QuickTime Player basics
Difference between QuickTime and QuickTime Pro
Creating and editing audio-only movies
QuickTime mechanics: Control Panel and "Get Movie Info"
Manipulating audio tracks
Audio compression and quality
Using QuickTime in software applications for language learning
Using QuickTime in CALL authoring tools
Configuring Web browsers for QuickTime
Web "EMBED" tags for QuickTime

For most of these points, short demonstrations will be followed by hands-on practice.

1:00 - 4:00 pm




"Streaming Media with your OSX Server"

Keeta Martin (Bryn Mawr College), Michael Jones (Swarthmore College), Kathleen Lewis (Haverford College), Thomas Forstik (Tri-College Technical Specialist)

The workshop will include a discussion on:

  • the rationale for streaming media, and for doing so with Quicktime rather than a competing technology
  • the types of materials suitable for distribution and their uses
  • copyright considerations
  • materials access and restrictions, including the use of passwords or IP address limits
  • bandwidth, networking, and technical support issues

The second half of the workshop, the hands-on portion, will be devoted to:

  • introduction to hinted streaming
  • creating rtsp files
  • embedding media using WYSIWYG and text editors

4:00 - 6:00


5:00 - 7:00



Saturday, March 24

8:30 - 9:00

Registration, Coffee & Donuts & Chat

9:00 - 9:15


Mary Beth Barth, NEALL President
Mikle Ledgerwood, our host from SUNY Stony Brook
Charles Franco, European Languages, SUNY Stony Brook

9:15 - 10:45

Meeting the Challenge of Software Acquisition for a Language Resource Center

Jack Burston, Ph.D.
Director of Foreign Language Instructional Technologies
College of Liberal Arts
Temple University

10:45 - 11:00

Break, hosted by Tandberg

11:00 - 12:30

Examples of Faculty Involvement with Technology

"Introducing German Film Through Computer Enhanced Multimedia"

Michelle G. Sims , Instructional Technologist
Robin Clouser, Professor of German
Ursinus College

"Some Benefits and Drawbacks to Web-based Language Teaching"

Julie James, Instructor of Spanish
George Mason University
Valerie Van Note-Kreider
Northern Virginia Community College

12:30 - 2:00


2:00 - 2:45

"Reconceptualizing a Language Center Website: From Information to Representation"

Chris Ingersoll,, Graphic Designer, Hamilton College
Dana Hubbard, Language Center Supervisor,Hamilton College
Mary Beth Barth. Language Center Director, Hamilton College

2:45 - 3:00


3:00 - 4:00

The Language Center: Still a Physical Space?
Mary Fetherston (University of Rhode Island), Keeta Martin (Bryn Mawr College) Mary Beth Barth (Hamilton College), Cindy Evans (Skidmore College), and Michelle Sims (Ursinus College)

Future directions/roles of Language labs-the concept (panel and discussion)

4:00 - 5:00

Media Delivery Issues
Mary Fetherston (University of Rhode Island), Keeta Martin (Bryn Mawr College)

Analog tape, audio CD, Mp3, DVD, streaming, etc and copyright implications-the technical (panel and discussion)



Sunday, March 25

9:00 - 9:30

Coffee, Donuts and Chat, hosted by Chester Technical Services

9:30 - 10:00

"The Professionalization of the Center Director, Possibilities and Problems"

Mikle Ledgerwood
SUNY Stony Brook

10:00 - 10:30

Student Help--How Much Is Too Much?
Michael Jones (Swarthmore College) and Kathleen Lewis (Haverford College)

Issues involved in relying on students as lab support, technical support (panel and discussion)

10:30 - 11:00

Your Turn

Opportunity To Ask Questions, Seek Advice, Present Issues (discussion)

11:00 - noon

Business Meeting

noon - 1:00