ELT Expert: Computer Lab References

Useful information for those creating a computer lab or learning center


Resources for Further Reading

These are listed in rough order of importance and utility.

Planning a Language Resource Center from Claire Bradin has a range of links to help in starting out, though some of the links are outdated. http://www.edvista.com/claire/labplan.html

Setting up and Running CALL Labs by Vance Stevens gives an extensive list of weblinks for those interested in designing and running a CALL lab. This is a good starting point for designing a lab. Note that while some of the linked pages are current, others have not been updated for a number of years. http://www.geocities.com/vance_stevens/calllabs.htm

ICT4LT's Module 3.1: Managing a Multimedia Language Centre at http://www.ict4lt.org/en/en_mod3-1.htm offers case studies along with suggestions.

Installing a Computer-based Language Lab by John de Szendeffy gives practical advice for starting out, including issues to consider. Though older than the other sites, this provides a good basis. http://www.bu.edu/celop/mll/call/install.html

Computer Lab Layout Guidelines from Cornell University has practical suggestions for the amount of space needed and layout of a computer lab. This is very useful when looking at a space to decide if it is suitable for a lab and the number of stations it can support. http://www2.cit.cornell.edu/computer/instruct/classtech/labguide/labguide.html

A Place to Start in Selecting Software by Deborah Healey offers suggestions for thinking about what software to buy. https://deborahhealey.com/cj_software_selection.html

Self-access: A Framework for Diversity by Michael Rodden and Michelle Parrington gives some reasons for setting up a self access center, as well as some tips for saving money while creating your self-access center. http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/self-access-a-framework-diversity

Wikipedia’s entry on Self-access Language Learning Centers presents some background information about why to set up a self-access center, as well as links to existing centers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_access_language_learning_centers

The International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) is a group focused on language labs, including computer labs. It is good for the lab manager to be a member, especially if conference funding is available. http://www.iallt.org/

What Is Learner Autonomy and How Can It Be Fostered? by Dimitrios Thanasoulas looks at an essential component of a self-access center: a self-directed learner. http://iteslj.org/Articles/Thanasoulas-Autonomy.html

Quick Tips for the CALL Laboratory by Brian Cullen and John Morris gives suggestions for teachers who are using the lab. http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Cullen-CALL.html

Mobile lab information:
ThinkPad A La Carte shows one style of mobile lab, using ThinkPads: http://www-03.ibm.com/industries/ca/en/education/k12/hardware/tpalc.html
Apple offers suggestions about Mac mobile labs: http://www.apple.com/education/it-professionals/mac-labs.html
A cart vendor offers another look at the same thing: http://www.reasonco.com/solutions/mobileLabs/index.html

Background - Assumptions

Software recommendations

Publisher listing (for software recommended here)


Last updated 30 June 2010 by Deborah Healey
Contact Deborah Healey: dhealey at uoregon dot edu
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