CAN-8 Language Learning and Teaching System:
"The CAN-8 system can use a number of computers connected through a local area network (or intranet), or it can use a wide area network (such as the internet) to do the functions of a language lab." states the CAN-8 manual found in the help file of the program. CAN-8 consists of a server connected to the client computers in the language lab. Students, faculty and staff access multimedia language learning lessons created by the faculty or textbook specific lessons by clicking the icon on the computers in LIB-449 and LIB-451. These lessons, exercises and assessments can be created with text, graphics, audio or video in any language and in any combination of teaching and testing formats. When planning lessons, faculty enter the following letter codes to get the appropriate screen to create content.
All users are automactically given a default paswword which is "PWORD", not case sensitive whitout the quotes. Users, especiually instructors, using the program for assessments, should change their passowrd by clicking "Change your password" on the Main Menu.
All students enrolled in World Languages and Cultures Department courses are automatically given access to CAN-8 each semester. Other students may email Thomas Griffin at the Language Learning Lab to request access.
Students and faculty log on with this blue screen covering most of the Windows desktop. For their Login ID, faculty use their last name in all capital letters without spaces or special characters. An instructor named John Doe-Smith, for example, would login with a user ID of DOESMITH. An instructor with the surname of Molière would omitt accented charcaters, typing MOLIERE.
Students use their 9 digit Student ID Number (as is printed on class lists from NEIUPort) as a User ID.
Use the yellow highlighted numbers on your NEIU Student ID card. Simply add enough in front of that number to make a total of 9 digits. Example: 000123456
Lessons and content are sorted by language and class, with customized menus based on if the user is a student or faculty member, and what languages the user is teaching or learning. Thes pictures show the menu and example of a listening comprehension multiple choice question. Lessons are listed alphabetically by language consisting of three principal types; Pimsleur audio lessions at the top, faculty created lessons associated with teachers' last name and/or courses, and textbook related lesson at the bottom.
Video played via CAN-8 must be stored on the hard drive of the computer where the program is used. Lessons for WL&C classes are stored in the C:\media folder of each computer. Videos on other computerse must be downloaded in an intentically named fulder.
Below are links to training documents and installation downloads to use CAN-8 outside the lab. A broadband internet connection and speakers/headphones and microphone is required. The sound card must be full-duplex (capable of playing more than one sound effect at at time.)
CAN-8 Client Application Installation:
This program is currently only available for Microsoft Windows (any 32 bit version from 3.1, 95, 98, 2000, Me, XP, and Vista to Windows 7). Mac users will need an Intel processor based computer and the ability to emulate or run Windows with virtualization programs such as Sun Virtual Box or Parallels or by installing Windows in a BootCamp partition. Windows 64 bit systems will also need a OS virutalizaton solution.
CAN-8 Online Training Documentation:
For more information about CAN-8, visit the manufacturer's and vendor's websites (below) or contact the Language Learning Lab and the Department of World Languages & Cultures: