Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Padova-Dickinson: Task 1

Purpose: The aim of this week’s task is to get prepared for our discussion on Monday and your Skype exchanges on Tuesday and Wednesday.


1 – Go to the exchange wiki ( and take a look at the project.

2 - Go to the Cultura website ( INTERNET EXPLORER ONLY. If you haven’t already created an account do that. Choose ‘Italian’ as your language and ‘Università di Padova’ as your institution. When you’ve filled out the form, click on ‘go’. Then log in. Click on ‘current Cultura Exchanges’ in the middle of the menu or ‘Your Exchanges’. Then click on ‘Confronti (Italy-USA)’. The system was not working in class on Wednesday but I spoke with the technician and tried again and now it seems to be working. Please let me know if it isn't. Once you’re in the system, complete the Word Associations and Sentence Completion questionnaires in Italian in one sitting (you can’t go back and finish once you’ve clicked on ‘submit’).

3 – Write a very simple, concise, to the point personal introduction in Word. Include a link to your personal blog. Copy the introduction into the wiki page ( by carefully following the instructions at the top of the page. If you weren’t in class today, you can edit a wiki page as follows:
- click on edit
- the password is “Xchange”
- put in your name and email

When you’re finished editing the page, click on save and then log out.

If you try and edit a page but someone else is editing it, you can’t. Be patient, keep your info in Word and try later.

Important: I see some of you have justifiably added pictures to the wiki. This is fine, but remember the copyright issues, e.g. don't use Google Images! For a reminder click on the "Add an Image to your post" on the How Tos menu in this blog.

Deadline: Monday morning, March 3, 2008

N.B. Lessons are cancelled on Monday morning for the start of the academic year, but not in the afternoon so see you then ;-)
As always, write a comment if you’ve got questions.


Martina said...

Hi, Sarah!
I tried to log in Cultura but it still doesn't work. The error message is always the same, that is: "Welcome to Cultura
You are not currently registered for a Cultura Exchange.No exchanges found where your role is "student"
". :-(

Martina Torresan

Niko said...

Hi Sarah. I did task 1 of the first group. But it is not my group. I filled and submitted the Associations and Sentence Completion questionnaires. Sorry about that. I though it was a common task.

ElenaCosta said...

Hi Sarah,
I have the same problem that Martina has already explained you. I tried to create my account again, but it still didn't work because I'm already registered with the same e-mail address. What's wrong?
Elena Costa

alessandrasq said...

Hi Sarah,
I've noticed that we all have the same problem. I tried to log in this morning and the system still doesn't work; as Martina wrote the message is always the same "you are not currently registreted for a Cultura Exchange". I hope this problem will be solved as soon as possible.

Alessandra Squaquara

Lamericaana said...

Dear all,

I just tried again (logging in as a student) and it worked. When I login, I get the message you all see. But, if I then click on 'Current Exchanges' in the middle of the top-bar menu (between 'host' and 'profile'), I get sent to a window where I see 'Your Exchanges' and 'Confronti (Italy-USA)'. Then, by clicking on 'go' I get sent to the questionnaires.

Also remember to use Explorer and not Firefox.

Please let me know asap if it still doesn't work so that I can contact the people again.

Remember, using technology requires patience!!! ;-)


alessandrasq said...

Hi Sarah,
the program works... I've just finished answering the questions...
It was very funny and some questions very curious too...
Does you assure me that my answers will become anonymous, doesn't???
Thanks for your efforts, see you on monday!

Martina said...

Hi, Sarah!
Thank you for your Cultura works! I managed complete the questionnaires.
See you on Monday! Have a nice week end!
Martina Torresan

Lamericaana said...

Thanks for letting me know guys. You know, it is MIT after all so it should work!

Don't worry, all of your answers are anonymous - even to the teachers!

I can't wait to compare answers - it usually is quite interesting.

Thanks again and have a nice weekend.


p.s. If you need to get in touch with me, my skype name is, as always, 'lamericaana'

enrico stanic said...

Hi Sarah, I was not in class last week, do you think I get in group 1?(On mondays I only can attend class at 16). Thanks.

Btw, I sent you an email with all my questions!...