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Friday
Jun242011

2011 TechDayPlus: Plenary presentation

Online Education and Virtual Organizations

by Steve McCarty

In the presentation Professor McCarty distinguished the basic concepts in the e-learning field which, like Web 2.0, have no absolute definition, a framework was presented to contextualize and thereby understand e-learning concepts hitherto conflated or variously defined. Virtual organizations, particularly the World Association for Online Education, have placed social networking in an organizational perspective.

Mc carty tech_day_2011_pptx
Sound file to listen to the 48-minute recorded speech in a different window while clicking through the Power Point slide show at Slideshare: http://www.waoe.org/steve/podcasts/Tech_Day.MP3

Steve McCarty, Osaka Jogakuin College professor, was elected president of the U.S.-based NPO World Association for Online Education several times from 1998: http://waoe.org. See his bilingual online library: http://waoe.org/steve/epublist.html.
Thursday
Jun232011

2011 TechDayPlus: Troy Guze

What follows is a summary of the presentation given by Tony Guze.

How to protect sensitive data on your computer with encryption

By Troy Guze

Many teachers use their own laptops at their workplace. It's important to protect all sensitive data on your computer. The best way to secure everything on your computer is to encrypt it using TrueCrypt.

I went over some the reasons you should encrypt your data on your computer. Many people think encrypting your computer is too difficult or only for techie people. That really isn't the case.

The main steps are:

1. Download and install TrueCrypt on your computer.

2. Choose your method of encryption.

(I prefer to encrypt my whole laptop by encrypting the system drive.)

3. Choose a strong password.

4. Burn a rescue disk. (if you can burn a cd, you can do this)

5. Start the encryption process.  Wait and let TrueCrypt encrypt your hard drive.

I linked to some step-by-step videos on how use the software and encrypt your computer that I previously posted on YouTube. I also spent some time explaining what is a strong password and how to make your current password stronger.

For more detailed information, I made a blog post about it here. The .pdf handout from the presentation can be downloaded here.

Tuesday
Jun212011

2011 TechDayPlus: John Campbell-Larsen

What follows is a summary of the presentation given by John Campbell-Larsen.

Creating a Video Corpus

by John Campbell-Larsen, Momoyama Gakuin University

In my presentation 'creating a video corpus', I talked about the possibilities that are available using audio-visual means to represent aspects of language that are more commonly seen in text form in corpus concordance lines.

I suggested that sites such as 'youtube' make available large bodies of authentic English spoken interaction. In addition, the relative cheapness of video recording technology gives teachers the opportunity to record actual student performance. Both of these resources can be then manipulated with readily available, cheap and intuitive video editing software to highlight recurring themes and patterns.

One video which I played showed edits from a BBC discussion programme, Dateline London' which highlighted the use of the common discourse markers 'Well, 'you know' and 'I mean.' The frequency of the words was clear to see, as well as the phonetic and pragmatic aspects of their use in naturalistic interaction. Another edit showed recurrent patterns in a student's spoken output, concentrating of the use of the Japanese discourse marker 'Etoh'.

It was suggested that there are multiple possibilities for this technology, for example showing students aspects of natural language in concentrated form,which is more accessible than a wall of text, but more focused than a single instance of a form in a larger context. Possibilities for research and evaluation also exist.