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Thank you for your vote!

Now the MOOC voting is over.We received 248 Likes and 600 votes, so we are
somewhere in the midfield. But what is more important, our application video
was watched 2,165 times with 65 Likes and 0 Dislikes, and, what is
absolutely astonishing with 22 overwhelmingly positive comments. This is a
record among all application videos and it shows that there was no fake in
voting and that our project is wanted by the web-community.

There is no application video with such a high percentage of LIKES and where
the number of views of the video is considerably higher than the number of
votes for that particular application. What does that mean? Well, if a
project has more votes than application video views, then people must have
voted without having watched the video. Put more simply: Whereas we can
assume to have got “real” votes, those whose videos were not watched got
“blind” votes. You understand what I mean? Their votes have simply been
asked for … and, in many cases, their application videos have almost no
likes and even some dislikes. And this applies to almost all projects. Just
check the application videos …

So we can be extremely proud: We are grateful for 2165 views of our video
( and the highest percentrage of Likes and no
DISLIKE at all.


Das Virtuelle Zentrum für Lehrerbildung präsentiert sich beim 53. Hessentag 2013 in Kassel

Das VZL Team beim Hessentag 2012 Das Virtuelle Zentrum für Lehrerbildung wird sich am 21. Juni 2013 beim 53. Hessentag in Kassel präsentieren. Das Team des VZL wird dort sein Kursprogramm und die Möglichkeiten der Online-Weiterbildung für Lehrkräfte vorführen und Einblicke in die Arbeit mit den Online-Kursen geben.

Interessierte können die Angebote des VZL, die für hessische Lehrkräfte und Studenten kostenlos sind, direkt vor Ort ausprobieren, Fragen stellen und erhalten Hinweise zur Nutzung des VZL-Angebots. Auch die Mikroprojekte, die in Form von einsatzfertigen Arbeitsblättern Impulse zur Arbeit mit den digitalen Medien im Unterricht liefern, und die vom VZL zur Verfügung gestellten Materialien für interaktive Whiteboards, werden vorgestellt. Zusätzlich werden auch neue Einsatzmöglichkeiten des interaktiven ActivTable in der Schule von unserem Team vorgeführt.

The LET @ Zuse 2.0, Wiesbaden (26.05. 2010)

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.

LET booth @ Zuse 2.0

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).

Minister Kühne-Hörmann (left) and LET research assistant Anna Maria Gallus @ LET booth

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.

Contract signed for 2010 project “VCT”

The LET is happy to officially announce a cooperation with Hesse’s Bureau for Teacher Education (AfL) for its 2010 project, “Virtual Center for Teacher Training (VCT)”. The contract was presented to the project director, Prof. Dr. Juergen Handke, by the AfL’s representative, Mr. Koenig, in Marburg earlier today. The cooperation ensures employment of several skilled researchers and student assistants for the year 2010.

"Contract presentation"

contract presentation

The photo shows the official presentation of the contract, with Mr. Koening (AfL, 3rd from left) handing over the contract to the project director, Prof. Dr. Juergen Handke (2nd from the right). Also shown in the photo are LET researchers Anna M. Gallus (left) and Dr. Peter Franke (2nd from left), as well as teacher consultant Carsten Schouler (right).

The “Virtual Center for Teacher Training”, which has been in development since 2004, is a web-based educational platform for teachers in Germany. It offers fully certified courses for teachers and future teachers in the New Media. All courses on the VCT can be studied online, incorporating multimedial and interactive elements which go beyond convential teaching methods. Beginning 2009, the VCT underwent considerable improvement geared towards teacher education in the New Media. The cooperation with the AfL aims at producing more content material and ensuring quality maintenance for a year.

New data sheets for Language Index

The LET currently prepares several more data sheets for download in our VLC Language Index, e.g. Albanian, Catalan, Irish, Lithuanian or Persian.

Datenblätter im VLC Language Index

Data sheets in the VLC Language Index

The Language Index is the VLC’s linguistic mapping and typology tool. It currently features 500+ natural languages and dialects, 200+ of which have full audio and multimedia support.

The audio material is based on our data sheets, which consist of the same linguistic data translated into every language recorded at the VLC. Recently, 20 of these data sheets were made available for download to every VLC user, i.e. you can download data sheets for the following languages right now:

Arabic English Portuguese
Bulgarian German Romanian
Chinese Greek Russian
Danish Italian Spanish
Dutch Japanese Swedish
Finnish Norwegian Turkish
French Polish

In addition to these, data sheets for the following languages are currently in production:

Albanian Czech Latvian
Armenian Hindi Lithuanian
Catalan Irish Persian
Croatian Kurdish Serbian

You found your mother tongue in one of the two tables?
You want to lend your voice to the VLC?
Or are you outraged about not finding your mother tongue?

Then contact us at or visit our offices in the Philosophische Fakultät Marburg, Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6, Block K. We gladly accept speakers of any language and dialect.