Our web-based virtual language lab, the Online Language Learning Center (OLLC) is used by many Department of Modern Languages and Literatures courses at Case. Students enrolled in these classes log on to access audio and video files, record their own audio files, create wikis, and track their lab use. If you are enrolled in a language course that utilizes the OLLC, please read below for a complete description of its features. OLLC resources are only available through Blackboard. If you experience any problems using the OLLC, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many language courses feature an audio component. If your course uses audio materials, such as CDs accompanying a textbook or professor-created recordings, you can use the OLLC to access the audio files.
The content of each lesson or unit is presented in a playlist in a Flash player. All audio files are high-quality MP3s streamed through Flash Media Server, allowing for quick access and good quality across multiple bandwidths. Click on the OLLC images to the right to view a larger image.
You can also use the OLLC to complete assignments requiring voice recordings. For example, you may be asked to read a text aloud or recite a poem.
The audio recording feature saves you and your teacher time by avoiding any need for outdated cassette-based recording. The Flash recorder captures a faithful, high-quality version of your voice. The recording feature displays a waveform graph of the recorded sound, allowing for visual confirmation of the success of the recording. You can playback portions of your recordings from any arbitrary point, letting you listen to specific areas without needing to start from the beginning every time.
All courses available through the OLLC have a course reference section, which is a collective knowledge repository á la Wikipedia, allowing anyone enrolled in the class to create and edit articles.
This section can be used for a wide variety of purposes: posting a collectively-edited test review sheet, creating reference articles to explain particularly difficult grammar rules, building vocabulary lists and the like. Basic wiki-style formatting is available, and support for non-western character sets is also included, provided that the user is capable of entering such text.
Most DMLL courses that use supplemental audio and video through the OLLC require that students use the online lab one half hour to an hour per week. All time that you spend using the OLLC is logged, and your usage history can be viewed at any time to guarantee that you have completed your time requirement.
The usage data are displayed in a tabular format. Every column is sortable, and date filters are available to restrict the amount of data displayed. A summation of all time spent for the date range specified is displayed at the bottom of the page.