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Madison, Wis. - Few things can make a professor lose his cool more than having technical difficulties in the middle of a lecture. The possibilities for making a mistake are endless: a DVD made specifically by the professor won't play in the computer, audio recordings skipping around uncontrollably or even an overhead projector falling to the floor.

On the University of Wisconsin-Ma......

Full article >>> s in his for his Spanish class. "It was so ugly - it had a big string microphone, a big honking camera in the corner - it was a real production just to tape skits or anything else in the classroom."

The awkwardness of existing setups didn't deter the language department and, in fact, technology was beginning to catch up around the entire university - placing LSS, with its experience, in a......

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Experiences like that, however, have taught LSS a valuable lesson: "When you see something get big in the consumer world, better prepare for it in the instructional world," Gilgen said.

Tools for the modern student

That maxim proved especially useful with the advent of the Internet, as professors immediately jumped on the interactivity and freedom it provide them when th......

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Les Chappell is a writer for WTN in Madison. He can be reached at


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