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Kirsten Barber presents progress on web-based oral speaking proficiency test at the Merlot International Conference, Costa Mesa, CA, August 3-6, 2004

ECCSE Lead Programmer Kirsten Barber was joined by Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, Director of San Diego State University's Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC), at this year's MERLOT International Conference to present their Computer-based ACTFL Screening Test (CAST). The presentation detailed progress on the establishment of a consortium of five institutions (three universities, one military language training unit, and one professional association) to create oral diagnostic screening instruments on a nationwide scale for Arabic, Spanish, and Persian. The project meets an increasing need for diagnostic evaluation of the language abilities of language professionals and relies on digital media stored in an efficient sharable MERLOT-compatible format.

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Kirsten Barber presents work on web-based oral speaking proficiency test at the Distance Education, Distributed Learning & Language Instruction Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 27-30, 2004

ECCSE Lead Programmer Kirsten Barber was joined by Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, Director of San Diego State University's Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC), and Christian Degueldre, at this year's Distance Education, Distributed Learning & Language Instruction Conference to present their Computer-based ACTFL Screening Test (CAST). The presentation, titled "A Web- and ACTFL-based Diagnostic Screening Tool for Oral Proficiency: The CAST Project", detailed progress working with ACTFL to create a cost-effective, low-stakes, on-line oral language screening tool.

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The EdCenter hosts the first ACSP Hands-on Workshop, June 4, 2004

The EdCenter held its first hands-on workshop for the Automated Survey Creation Process (ASCP) Friday, June 4, 2004. There was a full house of 30 attendees, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

Kirsten Barber, EdCenter lead programmer and developer of the ASCP, gave the workshop. Users were given an initial overview of the basic features of the tool, and then were provided more detailed instruction, all the while being able to follow along with "hands on" thanks to the well-equipped training room graciously provided by the SDSU Library and Information Access, who were co-hosts of the event. The EdCenter team thanks the library staff for their help and support in making this a most successful workshop.

Questions? Learn more about the ASCP, create your own account and begin using it for your survey needs.

Kirsten Barber introduces workshop attendees to the basic workings of the ASCP. A full house of 30 attendees filled the Library and Information Access computer training room.

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The ECCSE helps support fund-raising and promote interest in the SDSU College of Sciences proposed Bioscience Center with 3D virtual tour

ECCSE Staff Scientist Jeff Sale worked with SDSU College of Sciences staff and faculty to help develop a virtual flythrough and tour of the future Bioscience Center.

View the virtual tour/flythrough at:

http://edcenter2.sdsu.edu/biosci/biosciflythrough-sor.mov (24 Mb, please be patient)


Fly through the planned SDSU College of Sciences Bioscience Center

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Jeff Sale presents Earth Science education visualization tools at the DLESE/NSF-sponsored workshop "Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations: Using Images, Animations, and Models effectively", February 26-28, 2004

ECCSE Staff Scientist Jeff Sale presented work done recently for Earth Science education to a select group of Earth Science educators at a unique workshop sponsored by DLESE and NSF and hosted by the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Jeff's work generated considerable attention from attendees at this year's workshop because of its accessible, user-friendly design appropriate for users at both the undergraduate and K-12 levels.

View some of Jeff's work at:
http://www.edcenter.sdsu.edu/rwb/
http://www.edcenter.sdsu.edu/geowall/


Jeff Sale works with a group of Earth Science educators at one of several breakout sessions at the DLESE/NSF Workshop

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