The Linguistic Engineering Team exhibited their products at the Zuse 2.0 Conference, which took place on May 26th in the Kurhaus, Wiesbaden. The Zuse 2.0, a conference in honor of the centennial birthday of Conrad Zuse, focused on IT-related topics and innovations and their application in Hesse. The congress is meant as an open meeting for IT business, education, and Hesse’s political elite.
The LET, represented by project director Prof. Dr. Jürgen Handke, research assistants Alexander Sperl and Anna Maria Gallus, teacher consultant Carsten Schouler as well as several student assistants (see photo below), showcased both the Virtual Linguistics Campus and the Virtual Center for Teacher Training as innovative products in the realm of e-learning. Guests of the congress had the chance to see the two e-learning projects live and in color, as the LET illustrated their potential for online teaching and learning.
Of particular interest to many of the guests and politicians was the Virtual Center for Teacher Training (“Virtuelles Zentrum für Lehrerbildung”), a project for web-based teacher training on topics related to the New Media. This project is currently funded by the Hessian Ministry of Culture and already used by teachers from several dozen Hessian schools.
Also presented was the Virtual Linguistics Campus, an e-learning platform for linguistics used in university teaching scenarios around the world. Especially the VLC Language Index, a digital interactive map showing the world’s languages with audio support, enjoyed great popularity among the guests of the LET booth.
One of the prominent political guests to visit the LET booth was current Hessian Minister for Science and Art Eva Kühne-Hörmann, who did not miss the opportunity to learn more about the VZL and its acceptance in the teacher community (the photo below shows Kühne-Hörmann, left, with LET research assistant Anna Maria Gallus).
The media were also interested in the LET and its products: The following video report, created by the online department of the Wiesbadener Kurier newspaper, shows the LET booth and features a short interview with Prof. Handke (minutes 1:48-2:12). For more photos of our booth at the Zuse 2.0, feel free to browse this Flickr gallery (by LET research assistant Alexander Sperl).
All in all, the Zuse 2.0 has been a great success for the LET. Our team would like to thank all visitors for their interest in our work.