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Credits


Many people have contributed content and ideas to this site over the years. The list below is incomplete - please contact Hartmut if you notice omissions!

Faculty

  • The majority of the content on this site was written by Hartmut Rastalsky, who also took the majority of the photographs.
  • Vicki Dischler is responsible for the German 221/231 materials, and for many ideas and edits throughout the site.
  • Stacy Swennes selected and wrote many of the materials for the Scientific German section of German 232, and created online resources for an earlier incarnation of German 103.
  • Frederick Amrine had the original idea for the site, and provided invaluable ideas, feedback, support and encouragement since the beginning of the project in the summer of 1999.

Graduate Students and Lecturers

  • Graduate Student Instructors and Lecturers teaching German 101-232 over the years have fundamentally shaped this site with their ideas and feedback.
  • Mary Gell has contributed countless ideas and resources to this site over the years.
  • Kathryn Sederberg conceived of and designed the blogs for German 101-231, and contributed many ideas and design improvements to the site.
  • Dan Richards wrote code to make the "Diagnostic Exercises" on the site "submittable," and contributed crucially to the early planning for the site.
  • Jordan Fowles created the action mazes on the Relative Pronoun page.
  • Vera Irwin wrote most of the exercises for the Basic Scientific Vocabulary.
  • Karen Galley, Bruce Spencer, Erik Schleef, and Nina McCune contributed additional exercises and ideas.

Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduate students in German 101-232 have shaped the site fundamentally over the years with their feedback.
  • Alex Matchneer conceived of and wrote the original flashcard program. Philip Bunge wrote the Android app version of the program, and Sam Scott wrote the iOS version, with contributions from Omar Metwally and Brandon Parker.
  • William Zasadny created numerous grammar practice exercises and provided a great deal of feedback on the site 2002/3. Additional exercises and ideas were contributed by Adam Williams, Justin Messer, Christiana Diehr, Erick Perez, Mary Wallliczek, and Jacquise Purifoy.
  • Timm Hannon, Eric Patrick, Becky Adams and Katherine Dungan were part of a particularly valuable focus group session in November 2002.

Support Staff

  • Lynn Crandall from the University of Michigan Language Resource Center provided invaluable help, guidance, ideas and encouragement in the early years of the project.
  • Johnathon Beals from the University of Michigan Language Resource Center has provided essential technical support in maintaining and updating the site over the years, writing code, suggesting design ideas, maintaining the flashcard site and apps, the blogs, and the video lectures, and working with the students who wrote the mobile app versions of the flashcard program.
  • Rob DeMilner from the University of Michigan Language Resource Center filmed and painstakingly edited the German 101/102 video lectures, and contributed many creative ideas to these videos.
  • Phill Cameron from the University of Michigan Language Resource Center has provided important technical support, and helped Hartmut and Vicki with html and Dreamweaver.
  • Holly Furgason designed and helped implement a new look and structure for the site in summer 2003.
  • Monika Dressler (Director of the University of Michigan Language Resource Center at the time) provided advice, encouragement, and valuable letters of support for grant applications.
  • Philomena Meechan from the University of Michigan Language Resource Center taught Hartmut to use Hot Potatoes, and provided advice and encouragement.
  • John Stewart and Reid Paxton (from the University of Michigan Language Resource Center at the time) 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 helped fund a "Nurturance Leave" for Hartmut during the 2001/2 academic year, and provided "BFI" funds for graduate and undergraduate student work on the project (notably the completion of the mobile app versions of the flashcard program), and for materials purchases.
  • The University of Michigan Language Resource Center's Graduate Media Assistant Program supported the creation of the blogs for German 101-231 by Kathryn Sederberg in summer 2011, and the work done by Stacy Swennes on the creation of webpages for German 103 in summer 2003.

Software and Hardware

  • Half-Baked Software's Hot Potatoes software was used to create most of the exercises on this site. Their Quandary software was used to create the Action Mazes on the Relative Pronoun page.

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.
  • Cengage (and previously Houghton Mifflin? gave permission for the vocabulary from Vorsprung to be put online with accompanying exercises.
  • Some photos from the AP Photo Archive's searchable database of photographs for educational use were used in the diagnostic exercises on Relative Clauses.

 




   
 

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