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Credits


Many people at the University of Michigan worked many hours to think up, create, expand and maintain this site. Everyone listed below attended regular planning meetings and contributed ideas to the design and conception of the site.

Faculty

  • Hartmut Rastalsky wrote the majority of the content, except as listed below, and took the majority of the digital photographs appearing throughout the site.
  • Frederick Amrine had the original idea for the site, regularly contributed ideas and feedback since the beginning of the project in the summer of 1999, and provided invaluable ideas and letters of support for the efforts to obtain funding for the project.

Graduate Students

  • Dan Richards conceived of the idea for the art-based diagnostic exercise on Verb Tenses, wrote the code for it from scratch in Java script, and selected the art works used in the exercise. In addition, he wrote the action script code for the vocabulary flashcard exercises on this site.
  • Jordan Fowles created the action mazes on the Relative Pronoun page.
  • Nina McCune compiled the links to accompany Vorsprung.
  • Vera Eremeeva wrote most of the exercises for the Basic Scientific Vocabulary.
  • Karen Galley created exercises on Relative Clauses, and for the Basic Scientific Vocabulary.
  • Bruce Spencer and Erik Schleef contributed additional exercises and ideas.

Undergraduate Students

  • William Zasadny created numerous grammar practice exercises and provided a great deal of feedback on the site 2002/3.
  • Adam Williams created several grammar practice exercises Fall 2002.
  • Justin Messer created some vocabulary exercises and suggested adding a reading practice module 2001/2.
  • Christiana Diehr created some vocabulary exercises Fall 2001.
  • Erick Perez created large numbers of vocabulary exercises 2000/1.
  • Mary Wallliczek created some vocabulary exercises and contributed ideas for a variety of other kinds of exercises Fall 2000.
  • Jacquise Purifoy contributed some ideas in the first part of Fall 2000.
  • Timm Hannon, Eric Patrick, Becky Adams and Katherine Dungan provided valuable feedback in a focus group session in November 2002.
  • Numerous other students in Second Year German courses at the University of Michigan provided valuable feedback in focus groups, surveys, end of term evaluations and in unsolicited emails.

Support Staff

  • Lynn Crandall from the University of Michigan Language Resource Center provided invaluable help, guidance, ideas and encouragement at all stages of the project.
  • Holly Furgason designed and helped implement a desperately needed new look and structure for the site in summer 2003.
  • Monika Dressler (Director of the University of Michigan Language Resource Center) provided advice, encouragement, and valuable letters of support for grant applications.
  • Philomena Meechan from the University of Michigan Language Resource Center provided more advice and encouragement, and taught Dr. Rastalsky to use Hot Potatoes.
  • John Stewart and Reid Paxton from the University of Michigan Language Resource Center provided technical support and server space.

Funding

  • Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching, University of Michigan: $25,000 "Stage II" grant, November 2001.
  • University of Michigan Rackham Spring/Summer Research Grant: $4,000, April 2001.
  • Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching, University of Michigan: $5,000 "Stage I" grant, April 2000, supplemented by an additional $2,500 from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
  • The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Michigan primarily supported the work done by undergraduate students on this project from Fall 2000 - Winter 2003.
  • The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan generously provided funds as needed since the project was begun in the summer of 1999, including a "Nurturance Leave" for Hartmut Rastalsky during the 2001/2 academic year, HBFI funding for the purchase of materials, and funding for Nina McCune's and Bruce Spencer's work on the project in the summer of 1999.
  • The University of Michigan Language Resource Center's Graduate Media Assistant Program supported the work done by Stacy Swennes on the creation of webpages for German 103 in summer 2003.

Software and Hardware

  • The webpages are written and maintained using Dreamweaver. Some were originally written using Netscape Composer, or converted to html from Microsoft Word documents.
  • Half-Baked Software's Hot Potatoes software was invaluable in creating the exercises on this site. It's free, easy to use, and remarkably powerful. The creators provide fast and helpful support by a variety of means, and create regular updates to keep the software on the cutting edge. Half-Baked Software's ingenious Quandary software was used to create the Action Mazes on the Relative Pronoun page.
  • The vocabulary flashcard exercises were created using Flash.
  • The majority of the work on this site was done on Macintosh computers. Click here for Dr. Rastalsky's favorite Bill Gates joke.

Copyright Permissions and Acknowledgments

  • The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden gave permission for the use of digitized versions of images from the Galerie Neue Meister and the Gemäldegalerie.
  • Houghton Mifflin gave permission for the vocabulary from Vorsprung to be put online with accompanying exercises.
  • The AP Photo Archive provides a marvellous searchable database of photographs for educational use. Some of these have been used in the diagnostic exercises on Relative Clauses.

 




   
 

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