We are excited to announce the CeLT Open House this Friday (Oct. 22nd) and would like to invite all of you to join us and explore our updated facilities and services.
Under various names, CeLT has been in Ballantine Hall serving language departments since the building was built in the early 1960s. After the Ballantine Hall renovation in 2019, CeLT moved its main office and some facilities to a new location on the 6th floor, while keeping the original location for the recording studio in BH 114. Despite having less physical space in our current location, CeLT staff have worked hard to ensure our services are even more impactful by rethinking space set up, enhancing support for mobile devices, updating our inventory of checkout equipment, and more.
CeLT has also hired two new employees, Jon Liechty (Office and Outreach Coordinator) and Jessica May (IT Specialist), to fill the positions once held by our two loyal IU staff Lisa McCune and Roger Crandal who retired after 40 years of service. We continue to improve our spaces and services, but are eager to show you what we have right now.
You are all welcome to join us at the CeLT Open House, which features the following activities:
1. CeLT Scavenger Hunt: This is the major event for the CeLT Open House and will be available between 10AM and 5PM. Get into a game spirit and explore CeLT’s spaces and services. Start at the CeLT Main Office in BH 662 to pick up the Mission Booklet. The Mission Booklet includes 9 brief tasks to complete. You will also get a lot of useful information with the booklet (so feel free to request one even if you don’t have time to do the Scavenger Hunt). These tasks are designed to help you experience CeLT services in a fast and fun way. Each task consists of a small clue leading you to a CeLT location or staff member, and completing 5 or more tasks will allow you to earn a special promotional item such as a World Language Festival transparent face mask (red, black, and navy blue), a World Language Festival string bag, or a World Language T-shirt (only in XL size) while supplies last. If you complete all of the nine tasks, we also have four new USB headsets to give out, in addition to one of the other items listed!
2. Coffee and snacks: Coffee and snacks will be available between 10 AM and 4:30 PM in BH 661. Fuel your game spirit while you engage in the scavenger hunt or simply come to chat with us over a cup of coffee. We really miss the old times when you would drop by our main office to chat.
3. Brief CeLT Tour: If you don’t have time to do the scavenger hunt, you are welcome to come to BH 667 at 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM, or 4:30 PM for a 15-minute tour of our spaces and services. If you are interested in learning more about our center but can’t join us on Friday, you can always schedule such a private tour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last but not least, Tech Sessions: Attending the tech showcase is one of the Scavenger Hunt activities, but everyone is welcome to attend the tech sessions even if they are not participating in the Scavenger Hunt. We will repeat the sessions at 11AM-12 PM, 1PM-2PM, and 3-4 PM. In each of the sessions we will demonstrate two major technologies and be available to answer any questions:
- Headset Testing
- You may continue some of your teaching and many of your meetings online even after returning to campus. When choosing a computer headset, it can be confusing to compare prices and features (comfort, compatibility, noise-cancelling, wireless vs. wired, etc.). CeLT Audio/Video Specialist Rebecca Ramsey has reviewed a range of headsets and recommended a list of headsets with different features and price ranges. The detailed information for each model is available in this Excel sheet. CeLT has purchased many of the models included in this list, to allow us to provide instructors the opportunity to try the styles before deciding to purchase their own. If you plan to purchase a new headset or have any questions about optimizing headsets for your devices, please join us at this special session! Before you attend the session, you are encouraged to check out the recorded webinar on “Computer Headsets for Online Language Learners and Instructors” and its accompanying documents at https://cle.indiana.edu/workshop-videos/2019-20.html
- Throw a Mic
- Imagine allowing your students to throw a microphone in a big classroom or an event. We are excited about our new Qball+ throwable microphone, which is perfect for engaging your students or adding excitement to events! The Qball can be connected to a computer or to a sound system, making it fun and versatile. The Qball and other microphones can be borrowed from CeLT upon request.
- Experiencing eGlass:
- CeLT’s new purchase, the eGlass is a special dry-erase glass with integrated webcam that connects to a computer, to help you easily display writing in recorded videos (for flipped learning, review, etc.) as well as to teach live through Zoom. The eGlass can be reserved in CeLT spaces upon request.