New Issue of CLEAR News Published
The Spring 2017 issue of CLEAR News is now available. Featuring a main article on how learning new languages improves tolerance, this issue also includes a preview of our summer workshops and other announcements.
Potential RIA Alternatives
We have created a list of websites and products that may serve as reasonable alternatives for the various Rich Internet Applications. This list was compiled by a group of people familiar with the RIAs and with current trends in education technology. We thank our users for your patience while we compiled this list, and hope it will assist you in finding useful alternatives.
We regret to announce that CLEAR’s RIAs are no longer available. We understand that as an educator and user of the technology, this is upsetting for you and your students, and we sincerely apologize for the distress and frustration this has caused our users.
MSU’s College of Arts & Letters reached the difficult decision to discontinue the RIAs in January 2017. Underlying technological issues (e.g., aging server infrastructure, potential vulnerabilities and compatibility issues inherent in Flash) required the College to act quickly and there was no warning to CLEAR or ability for CLEAR to notify our users prior to the shutdown.
Right now our first priority is figuring out a way to get our RIA users their materials. We will be posting announcements and instructions on our website as soon as we have further information about how this process will work. Your files are still on our server; nothing has been deleted or lost.
We have curated a list of alternate tools which may be used in place of some of the functionality the RIAs provided. We hope this will give our former RIA users a starting place to find alternatives.
Michigan World Language Association (MIWLA)
Lansing, MI, October 12-13, 2017
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Nashville, TN, November 16-18, 2017
Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)
Milwaukee, WI, March 8-10, 2018