Less commonly used languages and OER: the path toward the LangOER project policy recommendations

The LangOER partners ICDE and University of Gothenburg brought the project contribution to the Open Education Global conference, in Kraków, Poland, on 12-14 April 2016, this year focus on the theme “Convergence through collaboration”. The conference is an annual opportunity for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and educators to deeply explore open education and its impact on global education.

Gard Titlestad, Secretary General of ICDE, presented an overview on Less commonly used languages and OER, issues that the project LangOER have studied, explored and now suggests solutions for – to advance learning and languages in countries and regions with lesser used languages – which in fact is of high importance for most countries in Europe.

Would you go for open or closed education?

We know:

  • the costs for students and parents for education is increasing
  • many governments cut funding for education
  • there is a strong call for innovation and creativity among students and teachers in education
  • there is need for innovation in education

Still, we observe governments and educational authorities are hesitant and reluctant investing in open education resources, OER.

OER has a great potential to

  • make educational resources updated and more relevant
  • lower costs for governments and students
  • include students and teachers in co-creation and use of educational resources
  • increase effect of investments in education
  • stimulate innovation in education

So what is holding back a turnaround to active utilise this potent resource?

We know education in your native language

  • will favour better learning experiences
  • is stimulating creative capacities among learners
  • build self-confidence – compared with the alternative
  • is of a particular importance for education on bachelor level and below, most important for the lower educational levels

So why is countries and regions with lesser used languages lagging investing in OER compared with countries with larger languages, in particular English?

These aspects were also highlighted during the LangOER final conferenceOpen Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages’’, which took place on 26 and 27 September 2016 in Brussels. At the event, suggestions for future actions regarding policies and practices were also presented.

Following the discussions at the conference, the project is organising two webinars in the month of November 2016, inviting key stakeholders to help finalise the draft recommendations that are aimed at supporting the enhancement of teaching and learning of less used languages through the development and use of Open Educational Resources.

The first webinar, Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages – Consultation on policy recommendations will be hold on 2 November 2016 at 11AM CET.

Programme of webinar http://langoer.eun.org/policy_consultation

Registration open here

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