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Wir bitten um eure Stimme!

Seit dem 1.5. läuft die Abstimmung unter allen MOOC-Einreichungen beim MOOC Production Fellowship, der von iversity und dem Stifterverband für die
Deutsche Wissenschaft durchgeführt wird.

Was ist ein MOOC? Die Abkürzung MOOC bedeutet Massive Open Online Course und bezeichnet Kurse, die online und kostenlos durchgeführt werden und unter Beteiligung sehr vieler Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer (daher “massive”). In dem Wettbewerb, für den am 1.5.die Voting-Runde eingeläutet wurde, werden zehn Mal 25.000 EUR für die Durchführung eines MOOCs spendiert. Wir würden da gern dabei sein!

Worum geht’s? Um das Erlernen einer möglichst authentischen Aussprache des
Englischen. Wie genau stellen wir uns das vor?  Okay, das wird in dem Video
hier erklärt:

Genauere Infos gibt es noch auf unserer Bewerbungsseite:

Finden Sie so etwas gut? Möchten Sie das unterstützen? Dann stimmt für
uns ab! 🙂

So geht’s:
1. Gehen Sie auf unsere Bewerbungsseite:
2. Klicken Sie auf “Abstimmen”
3. Melden Sie sich an (per Facebook oder registrieren Sie sich mit Ihrer

(Die Anmeldung ist notwendig, damit kein Schindluder mit den Abstimmungen
gemacht wird.)

Und wenn Sie restlos überzeugt sind, dass wir den Zuschlag erhalten sollten,
dann könnten Sie unsere Bewerbungsseite auch twittern, liken, auf google+
sharen, in  facebook teilen, whatever! Wir freuen uns über jede


State Secretary Brockmann @ LET Hessentag booth

More live news from the Hessentag 2010: Our booth was paid a visit by Hesse’s State Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Heinz-Wilhelm Brockmann. The photo below shows Brockmann (right), while project director Prof. Handke introduces him to the Virtual Center for Teacher Training.

Other visitors are more fascinated by the Language ‘Wheel of Fortune’, on which people can test their knowledge of the languages of the world (photo below).

You still have the chance to pay us a visit here at the Landesausstellung, Herrenwaldstadion Stadtallendorf. Our booth is open Fri 4th and Sat 5th, from 10am to 8pm.

VZL and VLC @ Hessentag 2010

We are blogging live from the Hessentag 2010 in Stadtallendorf. Here, in the Landesausstellung, we present our projects as part of the “Hessisches Kultusministerium” booth. Since the doors opened at 10am, many visitors have already stopped by to learn more about the VZL and the VLC, or to test their knowledge on our ‘Language Wheel of Fortune’.

LET booth @ Hessentag 2010

Among the visitors was also the Hessian Minister of Culture, Dorothea Henzler, who showed particular interest in the language-related projects of the VLC. The photo below shows Henzler, center, with project director Prof. Handke (left) and Dr. Mignon Löffler-Ensgraber, right, personal assistant to the State Secretary.

If you are curious about the projects and work of the LET, visit our booth at the Landesausstellung, Herrenwaldstadion Stadtallendorf. Our exhibition days are Friday 4th and Saturday 5th, from 10am to 8pm.

New Feature: Electronic Exams

This week, the LET is proud to present a new feature for the VLC and its linguistic courses, namely newly developed, highly interactive online examinations. These E-Exams (or Electronic Exams) are meant to replace the traditional means of student evaluation at the end of a course (more precisely, the written test).

The principle of E-Exams is simple: You design a number of different tasks (multiple choice exercises, naming tasks, pointing tasks, listening or comprehension tasks, etc.) and create a corpus of questions for these tasks. These corpora eventually contain far more questions than are needed for one individual exam. When a student opens his or her exam, a random set of questions for each task is dynamically compiled from these corpora. This means that each student receives his or her own personally generated exam. As a consequence, virtually no two students take the exact same test at the same time. The following picture shows an exemplary question for a multiple choice task.

E-Exam Multiple Choice Task

The tasks are challenging and show a high degree of interactivity: For example, a student could be asked to listen to a consontal sound (via headphones) and locate this sound on the consonant chart. Or, he or she could be asked to listen to a word and enter the appropriate transcription on screen. Or, he or she could be shown an interactive picture of the human vocal tract and be asked to locate the velum (see picture below for an example of a pointing task question).

E-Exam Pointing Task

Every action and answer of the student is digitally stored to ensure that the results can be based on facts rather than subjective interpretation. Furthermore, the results are checked and calculated by the computer. All the information, i.e. all answers and actions as well as the calculated results, are at the instructor’s disposal immediately after the exam. The tedious work of deciphering students’ handwriting and manually correcting hundreds of exam papers is done by the computer in but a second.

The advantages of having an Electronic Exam at your disposal are most convincing: The exams are fully interactive, so they allow for more creative task design and the inclusion of multimedia (such as pictures, videos, animations, and audio). E-Exams transcend the possibilities of ordinary paper and can make testing more relevant for the student as well as interesting at the same time. Furthermore, they take a load off the instructor by eliminating tedious and repetitive exam marking. Instead, the exam finally does what it is supposed to do: Showing what the student actually knows.

PS: In the first run, examinations for several distinct courses were made using E-Exams. Over 400 students were tested (and graded) in less than 5 days, including several students from overseas.