Supporting Language Learning Meron Hrycusko Faculty of Arts, York University
About Me <ul><li>Web Developer/Designer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>York University (Toronto, Ontario) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-...
About York University <ul><li>50,000 + students </li></ul><ul><li>7,000 faculty & staff </li></ul><ul><li>11 faculties </l...
About the Faculty of Arts <ul><li>Currently </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest Faculty of Arts in Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
About the Faculty of Arts and Moodle <ul><li>started piloting Moodle, Summer 2004 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>version. 1.5.3...
About DLLL <ul><li>Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (DLLL) </li></ul><ul><li>Degree and non-Degree Progr...
Before we get started
Growing Up in St. Catharines <ul><li>I watched a lot of this……. </li></ul>
Working in Toronto <ul><li>I’ve been exposed to this……. </li></ul>
So I figured……
The Venue and Staff <ul><li>Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Language Centre (MLC) </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Technolog...
Moodle at York <ul><li>Version 1.9.x </li></ul><ul><li>32,000 + Moodle Accounts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25 languages install...
Behind the Scenes <ul><li>4 x SUN Servers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Apache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 MySQL </li></ul></ul...
Multimedia Language Centre <ul><li>2 – Teaching Labs </li></ul><ul><li>1 – Open Access Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Recording Boo...
Support Staff <ul><li>Academic Technology Services ( ATS ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct support staff for the Faculty of A...
Moodle and Languages
Qualifying Round <ul><li>Eliminate Degree and non-Degree programs with  NO  Current Moodle Courses 2009 </li></ul>
Qualifying Round
First Round <ul><li>Moodle courses >=1 and utilizing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Link t...
First Round
Second Round <ul><li>Moodle courses  >=3  and utilizing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lin...
Second Round
Semi-final Round <ul><li>Moodle courses  >=3  and utilizing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li...
Semi-final Round
Finals French Japanese
Japanese Studies Program
Japanese Studies Program <ul><li>All Courses utilize Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li...
Japanese Studies Program <ul><li>Elementary Modern Standard Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>300 + students  (at the beginning o...
Japanese Course Online Testing <ul><li>Multiple Choice Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Controlled Environment </li></ul><ul><u...
Japanese Course Online Testing <ul><li>Utilizing Online Testing for 4 years </li></ul><ul><li>Large question pool </li></u...
Department of French Studies
Department of French Studies <ul><li>32 Courses being taught 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Majority utilize Moodle </li></ul><ul>...
The Penalty Shot <ul><li>The French Placement Test </li></ul>
The French Placement Test
The French Placement Test
The French Placement Test <ul><li>Consists of 4 parts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Phonetics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Lis...
Part 1 - Phonetics Flash player was used to play audio.  Had the ability to set it to multiple listens for the user.  (2 p...
Part 2 - Listening activity  Flash player was used to play audio.  Had the ability to set it to multiple listens for the u...
Part 3 – Grammar Activity
Part 4 – Reading Activity
Beta Round Testing <ul><li>Controlled Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st  tested User Interface (small groups of stude...
Data Analysis
What’s Next? <ul><li>French Placement Test Part 1 - LIVE </li></ul><ul><li>French Placement Test Part 2 </li></ul><ul><li>...
And the Winner is the French Department
Contact Information <ul><li>If you have any questions or would like to contact me: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li>...
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  1. 1. Supporting Language Learning Meron Hrycusko Faculty of Arts, York University
  2. 2. About Me <ul><li>Web Developer/Designer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>York University (Toronto, Ontario) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-learning consultant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunset Learning (Reston, Virginia) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. About York University <ul><li>50,000 + students </li></ul><ul><li>7,000 faculty & staff </li></ul><ul><li>11 faculties </li></ul><ul><li>21 research centres </li></ul><ul><li>2 campuses </li></ul>
  4. 4. About the Faculty of Arts <ul><li>Currently </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Largest Faculty of Arts in Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>51 Unique Degree Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergoing a Merger with Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As of July 1 st , 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Program </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. About the Faculty of Arts and Moodle <ul><li>started piloting Moodle, Summer 2004 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>version. 1.5.3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Alternative to WebCT </li></ul><ul><li>Adopted quickly by faculty in the Department of French Studies and DLLL </li></ul><ul><li>Now Central Course Management System </li></ul>
  6. 6. About DLLL <ul><li>Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics (DLLL) </li></ul><ul><li>Degree and non-Degree Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Does NOT include Department of French Studies </li></ul>
  7. 7. Before we get started
  8. 8. Growing Up in St. Catharines <ul><li>I watched a lot of this……. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Working in Toronto <ul><li>I’ve been exposed to this……. </li></ul>
  10. 10. So I figured……
  11. 11. The Venue and Staff <ul><li>Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Language Centre (MLC) </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Technology Services (ATS) and Faculty Support Centre (FSC) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Moodle at York <ul><li>Version 1.9.x </li></ul><ul><li>32,000 + Moodle Accounts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25 languages installed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>851 Live Courses </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Behind the Scenes <ul><li>4 x SUN Servers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Apache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 MySQL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2 x Dual-Core AMD Opteron (tm) Processor 2.8 GHz </li></ul><ul><li>4GB of memory </li></ul><ul><li>2 x 144GB SAS drives </li></ul><ul><li>Ubuntu 8.04 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Multimedia Language Centre <ul><li>2 – Teaching Labs </li></ul><ul><li>1 – Open Access Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Recording Booth </li></ul><ul><li>Software (Web & Client) </li></ul><ul><li>Desktops / Web Cams & Mics </li></ul><ul><li>Streaming Server </li></ul>
  15. 15. Support Staff <ul><li>Academic Technology Services ( ATS ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct support staff for the Faculty of Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Faculty Support Centre ( FSC ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct support staff for York University </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Admin access to Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based production </li></ul><ul><li>Video and Audio Capturing/Editing/Production </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Streaming Servers </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledgeable Staff </li></ul>
  16. 16. Moodle and Languages
  17. 17. Qualifying Round <ul><li>Eliminate Degree and non-Degree programs with NO Current Moodle Courses 2009 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Qualifying Round
  19. 19. First Round <ul><li>Moodle courses >=1 and utilizing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Link to files ppt, doc, pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Option </li></ul></ul>Soccer ball image by www.visualparadox.com
  20. 20. First Round
  21. 21. Second Round <ul><li>Moodle courses >=3 and utilizing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Link to files ppt, doc, pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming Audio/Video </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Second Round
  23. 23. Semi-final Round <ul><li>Moodle courses >=3 and utilizing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Link to files ppt, doc, pdf </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming Audio/Video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Quizzing </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Semi-final Round
  25. 25. Finals French Japanese
  26. 26. Japanese Studies Program
  27. 27. Japanese Studies Program <ul><li>All Courses utilize Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mainly links to files and websites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online Quizzing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming Media (limited) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Support </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Japanese Studies Program <ul><li>Elementary Modern Standard Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>300 + students (at the beginning of the semester) </li></ul><ul><li>1 Lecture </li></ul><ul><li>9 Tutorials </li></ul>
  29. 29. Japanese Course Online Testing <ul><li>Multiple Choice Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Controlled Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MLC Teaching Lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moderated by Instructor and Technician </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Restriction by Network Address/ Password Set </li></ul>
  30. 30. Japanese Course Online Testing <ul><li>Utilizing Online Testing for 4 years </li></ul><ul><li>Large question pool </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum to no supervision </li></ul>
  31. 31. Department of French Studies
  32. 32. Department of French Studies <ul><li>32 Courses being taught 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Majority utilize Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mainly links to files and websites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online Quizzing (minimal use) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming Media (extensive use) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Support </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. The Penalty Shot <ul><li>The French Placement Test </li></ul>
  34. 34. The French Placement Test
  35. 35. The French Placement Test
  36. 36. The French Placement Test <ul><li>Consists of 4 parts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Phonetics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Listening activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Grammar activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Reading activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scored out of 60 </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browser with Flash Player and Speakers/Headphones </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Part 1 - Phonetics Flash player was used to play audio. Had the ability to set it to multiple listens for the user. (2 plays in this case)
  38. 38. Part 2 - Listening activity Flash player was used to play audio. Had the ability to set it to multiple listens for the user. (2 plays in this case)
  39. 39. Part 3 – Grammar Activity
  40. 40. Part 4 – Reading Activity
  41. 41. Beta Round Testing <ul><li>Controlled Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 st tested User Interface (small groups of students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 nd tested question content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beginner French – 44 students </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediate French – 89 students </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced French – 102 students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Total 235 Students </li></ul></ul>
  42. 42. Data Analysis
  43. 43. What’s Next? <ul><li>French Placement Test Part 1 - LIVE </li></ul><ul><li>French Placement Test Part 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Other languages have now shown an interest in having placement tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to showcase Moodle in the Language Departments </li></ul>
  44. 44. And the Winner is the French Department
  45. 45. Contact Information <ul><li>If you have any questions or would like to contact me: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Or visit me at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.yorku.ca/hrycusko/ </li></ul>
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