Stories

  • New Digication

    New Digication is off to an excellent start.  The look-and-feel of its ePortfolio editing environment has been given a complete overhaul and now boast an intuitive drag-and-drop layout interface for easily organizing and formatting text, images, documents, and media, a robust library of managing user assets, and many new types of modules that make the page construction process more purposive, creative, and generally enjoyable.  While we have not yet surveyed our students directly, anecdotally we are hearing they welcome the transition and find the new platform easy to learn and use.

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  • Russian Scrabble at the Last Language Standing Event

    On 4/10/18, the Language Commons hosted UVA’s first Last Language Standing Challenge, a competition in which teams battled to keep their team’s language in use for an entire day. It was an experiment in ‘competitive language practice’ that sought to encourage language use outside of the classroom through a bit of friendly rivalry.

    When the challenge ended at 4pm, more than 350 students, faculty, and staff had participated in the challenge by chatting and playing games in their world languages (Team Hebrew even did some karaoke). Six language teams managed to win by keeping... Read More

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  • Stats Live Symposium

    The UVa Statistics Live! Symposium was held in Spring 2018, which was a culmination of virtual symposiums from the past 2 years. The intention behind these symposiums demonstrate the relevancy of statistics in today’s workforce. 

    Data journalists from 538, Ella Koeze and Walt Hickey, were invited to present topics around data visualization and data and storytelling. Students also had the opportunity to attend a lunch conversation to discuss employment in various fields integrating statistics. Ella and Walt also attended classes and students investigated their research and had... Read More

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  • View our new promotional video for the Language Commons! The video was made by Julia Harris. Julia is a multilingual, multitalented member of the Language Commons staff. She is a 3rd year Media Studies student.

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    Mieko Kawai is Senior Lecturer of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She specializes in Japanese linguistics and pedagogy.

     

    Reflection, self-awareness, and effective use of learning strategies are all recognized as important behaviors of successful language learners. Students in Mieko Kawai’s Japanese 2020 classes are developing... Read More

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  • Space, Knowledge, and Power

     

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  • The UVa Statistics Virtual Symposium is an event that has been offered since Fall 2016. Students in varying statistics courses such as "Statistics for Biologists", "Introductory Statistics", and "Introduction to Regression Analysis" have fully integrated this symposium into their course work and curricula. The intention of these events has been to invite speakers who have a diverse set of backgrounds and careers, so that students can see the relevancy of statistical literacy. Panelist have been from the medical field, NASA, Google, 538, and the New York Mets, that represent healthcare,... Read More

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  • Fotini Kondyli is Assistant Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology. Her research centers on Byzantine and Frankish material culture, the construction of Byzantine spaces, communal identity, household archaeology and Byzantine non-elites. As an active field archaeologist, Fotini has worked in numerous archaeological sites in Greece, Albania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Germany. She is currently doing fieldwork at Athens and Thebes as part of her new research project on the negotiation of identities in Byzantine cities. Bringing together legacy data from old excavations and newly... Read More

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  • The Forums are designed and are led by some of the University’s most committed scholar-teachers, each with years of expertise researching their Forum topic. In this video faculty and students reflect upon their teaching and learning experiences.

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  • Ran Zhao is a Lecturer and Director of the Chinese Language Program in the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. In the 12 years of her teaching at UVA, Ran Zhao has focused on creating an engaging and meaningful learning experience for her students. Ran Zhao received the Hybrid Challenge Award in 2013 to flip her courses. She also received the Learning Technology Incubator grants from Learning Design & Technology in 2014-2016. With these... Read More

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