Foreign Language Tool Available Free

Mango Languages logoThere’s no time like the present to learn foreign language, especially when UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff have free access to Mango Languages Online.

The Mango approach uses interactive vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Users build fluency through guided conversations so they can learn sentences and phrases that they can use in real situations after taking a single lesson.

Mango offers 63 different languages and dialects including Spanish, French, Scottish Gaelic, Hawaiian, and Dari. There are also 17 different courses that help non-native English speakers improve their skills in English.

Access Mango Languages Online in one of two ways:

  1. Students:
    A shortcut to the Mango Languages Online website is available on the desktops of many of computers in Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS)-managed computer labs around campus, including:

    • Language Lab
    • Geisel Library
    • Biomedical Library
    • Triton Lounge
    • Sun God Lounge

Use your UC San Diego Active Directory account username and password to log in to lab computers.

  1. Staff, faculty, and students:

Access Mango Languages Online from any computer on UC San Diego property (including ResHalls and the UC San Diego Health System) at the UC San Diego login page for Mango Languages Online. Please note that Mango Languages Online will not work from computers using a web proxy, virtual private network (VPN), or private IP addresses.

Whether you’re looking to learn a new language, brush up past skills, or learn some phrases for your next vacation, Mango Languages Online can help. Explore the possibilities today!

ACMS Aces: Jordi Olimon

Jordi OlimonVideo comprises approximately one third of online activity. Accordingly, it comes as no surprise that UC San Die­go faculty are using this medium to supplement their courses, specifically by creating instructional videos watched by their students online. Producer-Director Jordi Olimon is one of the Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) video professionals supporting their efforts.

Jordi has recorded hundreds of videos and is involved in every facet of their creation. He helps faculty write scripts, creates graphics, records video, performs postproduction editing, and uploads finished products for distribution. Jordi frequently moves between different types of video. “Some people come in and do problem solving on the board, whereas other people might create these really lengthy presentations that get really complex,” Jordi explained.

To best capture equations that would be done on a blackboard in a classroom, Jordi uses the Learning Glass, which allows faculty to write on a transparent glass surface maintaining eye contact with the viewer while being recorded.

Working on instructional videos is exciting for Jordi, especially because he is a recent UC San Diego graduate. “It’s something that I enjoy doing. The fact that I get to do something that I like and then other people get the benefit from it by making their lives easier [is] one of the nice things about [my job].” One reason that he is enthusiastic about creating instructional videos is that he is helping to create resources that did not exist when he was a student. “I wish I would have had access to this type of material back then,” Jordi said.

Jordi has a breadth of experience in video production. In addition to his work on instructional videos, he has worked on short films, small commercial films, music videos, and a small independent feature film. “I’ve done a little bit of everything,” he said. “[Video is] a medium that I really like working with.”

As the academic year nears completion, Jordi is already looking ahead to a busy summer. Several different faculty groups are already planning recording sessions with ACMS. Jordi will be involved with many, if not all, of these projects.

More information about how ACMS can support for flipped, online, and hybrid courses, including video production and instructional design, is available.

ACMS Aces is a series of articles that highlights the dedicated employees of ACMS at UC San Diego. Keep checking back to find out more about the people behind the magic at ACMS!

Help Desk Winter 2015 Survey Winner

Help Desk iPad winnerAcademic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) congratulates UC San Diego undergraduate Zoltan Toth on winning the Winter 2015 Help Desk survey drawing for an iPad Air. Zoltan was randomly selected as the winner from 1,080 responses.

Individuals who receive assistance from the ACMS Help Desk receive a survey after their issue has been resolved. The survey allows customers to submit feedback about their experience and helps the Help Desk ensure it maintains the highest level of customer satisfaction and addresses problems in a timely fashion.

All UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff who receive a survey invitation are eligible to win the iPad.

If you need help with your ResNet connection, UCSD-PROTECTED, software troubleshooting, or other general computing issues, contact the Help Desk today!

Winter & Spring 2015 Classroom Refresh Update

CSB 001

CSB 001

In the first four months of 2015, the Classroom Refresh crew has installed new audiovisual equipment in six different rooms across four different buildings containing 200 seats:

  • Center 204
  • CSB 001
  • HSS 1106A
  • HSS 1106B
  • York 4060A
  • York 4060B
HSS 1106A

HSS 1106A

Thanks to the Classroom Refresh Project, each room has:

  • A touch screen control panel with intuitive, central controls for all of the room’s audiovisual systems
  • A brighter, more energy-efficient projector
  • New light configurations, including presentation mode that turns off lights in the front of the room to make projections easier to see while providing light in seating areas for student note taking
  • Document cameras to replace overhead transparency projectors

In addition, the rooms were cleaned after being refreshed to make them ready for courses.

An audiovisual system tutorial video is available for instructors who need assistance in a refreshed classroom.

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) is proud to raise the quality of classrooms and lecture halls throughout campus through the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project in conjunction with Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) and Facilities Management.

More information about the Classroom and Lecture Hall Refresh Project:

ICP Stories: York 4124

York 4124The Division of Biological Sciences began offering a new lower division lab course, BILD 4, designed for new undergraduate Biology majors in Fall Quarter 2014. The course was developed in response to a need identified by UC San Diego’s Committee on Educational Policy. The curriculum engages students in original biological research, which includes asking their own questions, searching scientific literature, designing experiments, and collecting, analyzing, and presenting data analysis using statistics. To properly equip students to perform this work, the Division of Biological Sciences realized that the lab needed to have computers.

As a result, the Division of Biological Sciences participated in the Instructional Computing Plan (ICP), through which departments request new computing and technology resources to support courses. They requested 16 computers for the new undergraduate lab in York 4124, one for each team of students. The request also included two projectors for each end of the room to display media to the entire class.

IMG_0523Since the lab was launched in Fall Quarter 2014, instructors have been very pleased with the setup. “The computer stations in York 4124 are great,” according to Professor Stanley Lo, who taught BILD 4 in the lab. “They allow students to collaborate on data analysis right at the bench where the data are collected. Students work in groups of four, and they share a common electronic lab notebook that is readily available now with the computers. Essentially, these workstations provide a platform for students to work together on the research project on soil microbiomes at the Scripps Coastal Reserve that we do in BILD 4.” Thanks to its early success, York 4124 is being used as the model for planning future instructional labs.

Academic Computing & Media Services is currently reviewing proposals submitted through the 2015 ICP.

One-On-One Training for Faculty

one-on-oneInstructional Technology Support (ITS) offers a variety of training sessions. Even though there is a calendar of sessions, we know that sometimes our times may not work for you. One-On-One training is available for faculty who cannot fit group training into their busy schedules. Appointments are one hour in length and located in Muir College. Training is available for Ted, eGrades, integrating i>clicker and Ted, Collaborate, Camtasia, and other instructional technology. Click here to request a one-to-one session with one of our skilled Instructional Technologists.

Winter 2015 Survey Winner

Professor Weizman receiving his iPad

ACMS’ Michael Sullivan (left) presenting Professor Haim Weizman with his iPad

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) congratulates Professor Haim Weizman of the Chemistry & Biochemistry on winning the Winter 2015 ACMS Faculty Survey drawing for an iPad Mini with Retina display. Professor Mel was randomly selected as the winner from 132 survey respondents.

ACMS’s quarterly survey gives UC San Diego faculty the opportunity to provide feedback regarding classroom media equipment and support resources, Ted (UC San Diego’s learning management system), podcastingclickers, and instructional support resources like computer labs. The data helps ensure ACMS deploys resources that best support faculty in their teaching.

ACMS sends the survey to all faculty with courses scheduled in registrar-controlled classrooms.

Visit the Faculty section of the ACMS website for information about ACMS educational technology and support services.

New Campus Software Website

ACMS launches updated software site

Campus Software leverages University of California system-level and UC San Diego campus-level licensing agreements and educational discounts to get faculty, students, and staff access to software and applications. The Campus Software website has been relaunched with easier to find software information.

The updated layout features clear software descriptions, pricing information, and information about ordering. Take a look today!

File Sharing Education Event Roundup

In Winter Quarter 2015, the Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) Help Desk attended two events to educate UC San Diego students about the facts on file sharing. Student technicians were at the Revelle Judicial Board’s “Is What I’m Doing Illegal?” event, Revelle College Council’s international student education fair, and the Keeling Apartments to talk about file sharing. Technicians spoke with over 250 students over the course of the events.

Topics covered included copyright law like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the rights of students, ResNet’s role in the copyright violation process, and specific file sharing programs. Help Desk technician Justin Kelly was at these events and said that, “The students were very interested in what we had to say and asked a lot of good questions.” At the February 18 event for international students, technicians specifically emphasized topics that were of greater interest to those students, like explaining how DMCA applies to foreign works.

Students had the opportunity to pick up a ResNet guide if they had lost theirs and get a ResNet cup. Justin hopes that interacting with so many students means that ResNet will see fewer file sharing violations in the future.

Contact the Help Desk if you are interested in having the Help Desk present to a campus group or attend an event to talk about file sharing. For information about file sharing, visit the Help Desk’s file sharing information center or watch this brief video.

Updated Acceptable Use Policies

Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) has updated the Acceptable Use Policies that govern use of computing, networking, and information resources that the department makes available to the University community.

The April 2015 revision added language addressing the storage or possession of sensitive data within ACMS systems.

If you use ACMS services like student email or Ted, we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with all the Acceptable Use Policies.