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Technology Fee Project Proposals

Proposal Approval Progress
Date Action Submitted By Comments
0000-00-00 00:00:00 Marked proposal as awarded lpham@fau.edu Awarded Spring 2013
2013-02-27 22:41:29 Approved by Approver 1 miller@fau.edu

approved.

2013-02-27 22:41:57 Approved by Approver 2 miller@fau.edu

approved.

This proposal has been approved by all approvers for submission to the Technology Fee Oversight Committee and will now be forwarded to the committee.


1. Date Submitted: 02/27/13 22:30
2. Project Name: Mango Languages
3. Project Contact Information:
Name:
Rita Pellen
Email:
pellen@fau.edu
Department:
FAU Libraries Administration
Telephone Number:
7-3781
4. Project Narrative: (Must be tied into what educational benefits will be received by the students, faculty; what goals are going to be achieved etc.)
 

The FAU Libraries are requesting $58,284 for perpetual access to Mango Languages, an online self-paced language learning system covering over 40 languages and including 15 ESL classes taught in the native language. Mango has a simple delivery system that is easily accessible on or off campus, compatible with all browsers, and allows full access to the Android and Apple applications. Some of the languages available through Mango include: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), German, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. ESL classes are offered for speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Polish, Russian, Vietnamese, and more. Mango covers four language components: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Mango Languages is entirely web-based and compatible with all operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, as well as all web browsers. Remote access is available to current students, faculty, and staff through EZproxy. A microphone is recommended for users who wish to make use of the voice comparison technology that is available with every Mango Languages lesson.

At present, FAU does not provide an online language learning tool, and access to these courses by individuals can be costly. Over the years the libraries have received requests for online language products (such as Rosetta Stone). Mango Languages is one of the few online language learning companies that offers an institutional subscription with seamless access.

Mango Languages will benefit a large number of users in FAU’s multicultural community. This software will supplement language coursework as well as the professional and personal needs of FAU’s students and faculty.  Students taking international business courses will benefit, as will students who are studying abroad, working in non-English speaking communities, or trying to perfect their own English skills. Faculty planning to take research sabbaticals in non-English speaking countries can also use Mango Languages as a preparation tool for their trip.

More information about Mango Languages can be found at http://www.mangolanguages.com/libraries/.

5. How is this project aligned with the Strategic Plan? Please site specific goals and strategies.
 

This project supports Goal 1, providing increased access to learning resources for all FAU users, and Goal 2, meeting statewide workforce needs, as it will greatly enhance the language skills of students and make them more employable.

6. Please complete the project cost spreadsheet below. Also, please describe briefly the elements that will be included as noted below:
  a) Any hardware requirements (which should comply with standards established by the IRM Standards)
 

o

  b) Any software requirements (which should comply with standards established by the IRM Standards)
 

0

  c) Any personnel costs - OPS and other time-limited appointments.
 

0

  d) Other:
 

One-time cost of $58,284 includes perpetual access.

7. Provide the proposed timeline fro the project and project end dates:
 

Mango Languages can be purchased and made accessible as soon as funds are available.

8. What is the plan for sustainability of the project beyond the initial project period (if applicable):
 

The purchase provides perpetual access.

9. Provide any resource matching which might be provided by organizations with appropriate commitment authority documentation:
 

N/A

10. Indicate which organization will implement the project (to help determine any additional costs and resource restraints):
 

FAU Libraries Electronic Resources Department

Approval for Submitting to the Committee   miller@fau.edu miller@fau.edu
  William Miller William Miller

Technology Fee Resource Spreadsheet

Category
FY 10-11
FY 11-12
FY 12-13
Totals
Hardware
One-Time
$
$
$
$
Recurring
$
$
$
$
Software
One-Time
$
$
$
$
Recurring
$
$
$
$
Personnel
Salary
$
$
$
$
Benefits
$
$
$
$
Other
One-Time
$
$
$
$
Recurring
$
$
$
$
Totals
$
$
$
$


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