TELESTE AND CSU NAME SEVEN CAMPUSES TO
PARTICIPATE IN INTERACTIVE LANGUAGE LABORATORY
Project to begin with Japanese and French Curricula at Chico,
Dominguez Hills, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Sacramento
and San Diego
The California State University and Teleste Educational, Ltd.,
have named seven CSU campuses to begin providing a virtual interactive
language laboratory for students to access on campus, at home, or
at any location.
The first language curricula to be implemented will be Japanese
and French. Four of the CSU campuses -- Chico, Monterey Bay, Long
Beach, and San Diego -- will offer Japanese, while the Sacramento,
Dominguez Hills, and Los Angeles campuses will offer French.
Traditionally, foreign language learning resources have been available
only in individual learning centers of CSU campuses through network
technologies. The virtual language laboratory allows students to
log into the learning resource databases at their campuses, and
access and download a wide range of interactive learning materials
developed by CSU and Teleste. In addition, the system enables students
to communicate using Internet voice technologies both online and
off-line with the instructors leading their classes at the language
laboratories at the different campuses.
"Students at seven CSU campuses will experience the capabilities
of this virtual and interactive language program," said Gary Hammerstrom,
CSU assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs. "The system uses
the latest technology to allow faculty to reach a wider range of
students. Some of those students will participate from campus language
labs and others from remote locations."
First announced in May, the Teleste and CSU project is a first-of-a-kind
initiative. It was developed jointly by both institutions and will
serve as a model for similar remote-learning solutions in other
universities across the country.
"We are thrilled that these seven CSU campuses have agreed to
'come on board' so quickly with this exciting project," said Tuomo
Lehtovirta, president, Teleste Educational, L.L.C., Miami, Fla.
"Their commitment to implement the Japanese and French curriculums
paves the road to reap unlimited benefits for their respective students
and guarantee the success of our joint virtual language lab program."
The project will span a two-year period. During different phases
of the implementation, Teleste will develop a multi-campus distributed-learning
solution to stream video and audio language files, and associated
programs. As part of the curriculum design and management process,
CSU campuses will test and implement the software and learning materials.
Tandberg Educational Inc., Teleste's American distributor and sales
partner, will direct the implementation of the hardware and software
technological infrastructure at the campuses.
For more information, see the home page of the CSU/Teleste Virtual
Language Lab at: www.calstate.edu/CSU-VLL.
About the CSU
The CSU is the largest four-year college system in the nation
with about 360,000 students and 40,000 faculty and staff at 23 campuses
throughout the state. The campuses offer diversified programs in
humanities, arts, education, sciences, social sciences, and business.
The system prepares about 60 percent of the teachers in the state
and more graduates in business, engineering, agriculture, communications,
health, education, and public administration than all other California
universities and colleges combined. Altogether, about half of the
bachelor's degrees awarded in California are from the CSU.
Teleste Educational Ltd. is a division of Teleste, the international
technology group specializing in broadband telecommunications networks,
TV signal distribution and control equipment and multimedia environments
for language learning. Teleste has enjoyed a leading position for
over 30 years in the global educational market as a developer and
supplier of technology enhanced solutions for learning environments.
Teleste markets and distributes its product solutions through Tandberg
Educational, Divace, and Imperata brand names.
From language laboratories to digital, multimedia resource centers,
the company has designed and deployed over 15,000 learning systems
in schools of various levels, colleges, and university centers in
90 countries worldwide. Teleste's customers have relied on the company's
solutions to train millions of students in foreign languages and
other cross-curriculum areas. For more information, visit Teleste's
site at www.teleste.com
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