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Unconference: Technology in the Liberal Arts

Thursday, June 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Explore new ideas in technology, teaching, and research in the liberal arts. Share your questions and conundrums, projects, and knowledge. Learn some new skills. Work with others on a project. The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team, CLA-OIT, invites you to join us at the Unconference on June 4!

An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture, what a party at your house is to a church wedding, what a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee is to an NBA game, what a jazz band is to a symphony orchestra: it's informal and participatory.

This Unconference brings together faculty, staff and graduate students from CLA to learn from each other in a highly participatory and collaborative fashion. Participants create the agenda, and lead or participate in sessions. Technical expertise is not required: if you can pose a question or identify a topic to explore, you can lead a session. There is no registration fee, but registration is required. There is a limit of 50 participants. Lunch and some snacks will be served.

If you're interested in participating, please do the following:

If you have any questions, contact Cristina Lopez,

CLA Instructors: reMoodle Your Summer Course Websites

Teaching a course this summer? Now is the time to start work on your Moodle site! CLA's Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team can work with you to give a facelift and update to your existing course website, as part of our reMoodle service. ReMoodled sites provide high impact for students and low time commitment from you; the TEL team does most of the work, and you receive hands-on training on how to maintain your enhanced Moodle site. Learn more about the project, or email to sign up for a reMoodle.

CLA Instructors: End-of-Semester In-House Technology Help

Need help with your Moodle Gradebook? Or need other technology support to help wrap up the semester? The CLA-OIT team will be making the rounds during the last week of classes to help you with your end-of-semester technology needs. Come find us at a location near you!

(Check with your department admin for room numbers that week--they are still TBD.)

May 4, 2015, 9:00 - 4:30 p.m., Social Sciences
May 5, 2015, 9:00 - 4:30 p.m., Folwell Hall
May 6, 2015, 9:00 - 4:30 p.m., Heller Hall
May 7, 2015, 9:00 - 4:30 p.m., Scott Hall
May 8, 2015, 9:00 - 4:30 p.m., Ford Hall

Spring Finals Week Schedule: May 11-15, 2015

During Finals Week this Spring, the Main Office will be open standard academic-year hours, and classrooms will be open for all pre-arranged classes.

The Multimedia Lab will be open:

Monday - 7:45 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday - 7:45 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday - 7:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday - 7:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Friday - 7:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Language Center Staff Graduations

After this spring semester, six long-term Language Center employees will complete their undergraduate programs. All of them held unique positions in our department and made valuable contributions to language education at the University of Minnesota. Please join us in congratulating the following graduates, and wishing them the best in their future endeavors!

Brandon Adams, Classroom Support Assistant Lead Student, is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Jewish Studies with minors in Hebrew and Religious Studies. He is currently applying for positions in libraries or education. One day he hopes to go back to school to pursue an M.A. in English, but after four years he looks forward to a break from school!

Chloe Gansen, Main Office Assistant, is graduating with a double major in Journalism and Public Health. In addition to her job at the Language Center, she is currently working in the communications department at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, which is housed in the Academic Health Center. She will continue in that position until the summer of 2016, when she will begin a master's program in health communication here at the University of Minnesota. After graduate school, she hopes to work at a health-related organization, doing communications and developing health campaigns.

Agnes Hong, AV Tech and Classroom Support Assistant, will be graduating with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Environmental Science. After graduation she is hoping for employment opportunities that would help her gain some experience in library work. Her current goal is to receive a master's degree in library science after working for a few years.

Abdulkarim Maalin, Testing and Somali LPE Assistant, will be graduating with a major in Biology. After graduation he hopes to find employment in the field of health care. His long terms goals are to study Public Health in graduate school and to eventually work for the CDC.

Jonathan Prestrud, TandemPlus Assistant, is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in German, Scandinavian & Dutch as well as in Linguistics, and minoring in History. After graduation he plans to use his language skills to traverse the globe and hopefully find El Dorado.

Molly Schloesser, Classroom Support Assistant, will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Social Science and Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she will be moving back to her hometown to work, ideally in the social services industry.

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