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The LangOER Digital Showcase: the project’s resources in a nutshell

One of the latest releases of the LangOER has been the Digital Showcase, featuring all the valuable resources created during the 3 years of the project.

How can less used languages, including Regional and Minority languages, benefit from Open Educational Practices (OEP)? How can Open Educational Resources (OER) be shaped to foster linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe? What policies are favourable to the uptake of quality OER in less used language communities?

All these questions are part of the raison d’être behind the project and have been considered when designing the tool.

The Digital Showcase offers a wide range of materials (including videos, handbooks, courses, policy briefs, papers etc.) and its goal is to showcase them in an accessible and illustrative way. In this regard, all resources have been identified depending on the year of creation, format, type and, what is more important, the key stakeholders (teachers, policy makers and experts).

The following resources are already available in the main page of the Digital Showcase according to the target audience and the set will updated with the latest documents and tools in the upcoming weeks.

Teachers

  • Going Open with LangOER – Course
  • Going Open with LangOER – Handbook
  • LangOER Collection of educational resources
  • eTwinning Online Seminar
  • LangOER prize winners

Policy makers

  • Open education Resources in your Own language, in your Way
  • Final policy paper
  • Policy consultation
  • EU-US cooperation Webinar
  • LangOER prize winners
  • OER in less used languages: state of the art report
  • LangOER video interview series
  • Conference materials
  • Desktop research of OER
  • “Chances and Perspectives” Seminar

Experts

  • Social dynamics in Open Educational Practice
  • Web 2.0 Library
  • LangOER prize winners
  • OER in less used languages: state of the art report
  • LangOER video interview series
  • Conference materials
  • Desktop research of OER
  • “Chances and Perspectives” Seminar

Other external research-based resources related to OER/OEP and less used languages may also be found here: http://langoer.eun.org/other-useful-resources

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“Start creating your own OERs” Workshop at the eTwinning Conference 2016

From 27 to 29 October 2016, the eTwinning and Digital Citizenship Annual Conference was held in Athens. The goal of the conference was to explore possibilities on how to raise the capabilities of the schools of today, in order to be prepared for the challenges of the fully digital society of tomorrow.

Professor Elena Shulman, expert member of EUN’s LangOER team, was responsible for the activity entitled Open Educational Resources: Start creating your own OERs, organized as 2 separate workshops taking place on the same day. These sessions were aimed at teachers engaged in professional development activities under the eTwinning programme.

Around 70 participants from a wide variety of European countries (including Italy, Netherlands, Finland, Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal among others) joined the LangOER workshops. The expert, answered questions throughout the sessions and engaged teachers in considering and discussing issues around OER, copyright and best practices for creating and licensing their own OERs.

The workshop’s topic was based in the Going Open with LangOER online OER course, the related handbook and other relevant tools and resources. The first part of the session, focused on providing an overview of Creative Commons licenses and examples of open resources and how to find them. Then, the speaker went on presenting opportunities for teachers to explore resources and tools that facilitate their own efforts to discover, reuse and create their own OERs and to license these resources appropriately using Creative Commons licenses. The hands-on part of the workshop was followed by a questions & answers slot and the final wrap up.

Overall, participants provided feedback to the expert on the issues that teachers found challenging when it comes to Creative Commons licenses, the type of resources teachers were more likely to find useful in similar learning opportunities and insight into what motivates or acts as barriers to teacher’s willingness to share OERs in online communities.

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Language learning challenges competition: discover who’s the winner!

Agnieszka Foltyn, Poland, has been selected as winner of the LangOER competition “Language Learning Challenges”. Her work has been highlighted as an exemplary good practice in language learning.

jaI’m a secondary school teacher of English in Poznań, interested in taking up challenges like searching for things that my students might find helpful and motivating.

I’ve been in this „business” for exactly 20 years now and regard it as my place.

When I’m not shaping my students, I’m trying very hard to shape myself with good literature, music and films. And most of all- good people.

Cheers, Agnieszka Foltyn

 

View the resource: http://ed.ted.com/on/Ha0B3YIc

Dzień dobry.

Pracuję w liceum w Poznaniu jako nauczyciel j. angielskiego.

Lubię wyszukiwać nowe sposoby na motywowanie moich uczniów do nauki, szczególnie takie, które im  naukę ułatwią i uprzyjemnią.

Nauczaniem zajmuję się dokładnie od 20 lat i uważam, że to jest moje miejsce.

Kiedy nie kształtuję moich uczniów, usilnie staram się kształcić siebie poprzez dobrą literaturę, muzykę i filmy. A przede wszystkim poprzez kontakt z dobrymi ludźmi.

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The winner of the LangOER teacher award from Sweden

The Swedish contribution with Marie Carlström won the LangOER competition of the most creative and innovative OER and a prize of 1000 EUR (to be spent on classroom equipment via Amazon). The OER will be showcased at the closing conference in Brussels in September 2016.Marie Carlström 2

The nomination is as follows: This product is outstanding in the way that it really engages the students, especially training their collaborative skills. The context around working with book-trailers with students has a long tradition. This specific OER can be remixed in a range of multilingual settings.

Have a look at the winning contribution!

Marie Carlström has been teaching children aged 12-16 for the last 20 years. Her subjects are Swedish, French and English. This is Marie’s statement: “I love teaching; there is never one day that is the same as another and as a teacher I enjoy staying in touch with creative and curious teenagers. I would like to open up all pupils’ eyes to knowledge, and how fun knowledge can be.

That is why I always aim at making my lessons interesting. Since children today are used to computers and tablets, and most of them (maybe everybody) will use digital tools when working as grown-ups, I think it is important to take digital tools into the classroom and to use them in my teaching. I also try to be innovative in my way of thinking and teaching, and I am constantly searching on the Internet for new materials to use. I also try to encourage the collaboration and the communication between learners, to make them learn as much as possible from each other, because I believe that you get a deeper understanding of what you learn, if you have to discuss it and explain it to a friend.

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How can OER enrich your teaching practice: winner from Greece

Eleftheria Karagiorgou is a teacher at the 7th High School of Trikala. She participated in the LangOER webinar series: How can OER enrich your teaching practice? She received an award for her participation and valuable contribution to the webinar series.

Questions addressed during the seminar where for example: Where to find OER in your language? Are you curious about how to blend online learning in your own teaching context? Find more information on the webinar series.

eleftheria_karagiorgouAccording to Eleftheria Karagiorgou : “The series of webinars of LANGOER were very interesting. I liked the webinar about Creative Commons the most and all the knowledge that I gained from that webinar, I will use it in the classroom”. Our school is a public school and is always looking for digital innovations, sharing the following common characteristics:

  • They are seeking to achieve teamwork
  • They aim at the students’ involvement
  • They intend to break new ground towards the local community
  • They wish for the knowledge uniting of different cognitive subject matters

Taking this into account, working with OER are a true added value for the way we would like to work within our school.

Contact details of the school: 7lyktrik@sch.gr, +302431037837, http://7lyk-trikal.tri.sch.gr/

Language situation of the school: Greek as the major language and English, French and German

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LangOER teachers’ course in Latvia

Before this course I thought it is not my cup of tea, but during the two days I realized that it offers quite good things which I will be able to use in teaching my subjects’ [1] (Rēzekne, Latvia)
1114276620395936 (1)The quotation in the title stems from one participant in the LangOER teachers’ course which took place in Rēzekne Higher Educational Institution (RHEI, Latvia). Those words have been chosen because they reflect general feelings and attitudes shown in the evaluation forms after the end of the course.

In the beginning of 2015, teachers from Latgale and other regions of Latvia were invited to participate in a course about lesser used languages and open educational resources, in which they were taught how to create digital tools for teaching different subjects in smaller (i.e. regional, minority, but also smaller national) languages such as Latgalian, Polish, Russian or Latvian. There was a repeated regional media coverage about this project, in particular regarding the teachers’ course, e.g. in the Rēzekne city news (http://rezekne.pilseta24.lv/zinas/55/351368).

We were happy to receive considerably more applications than we could accept for this course. Therefore we (my collegues Solvita Pošeiko, Ilga Šuplinska and myself) decided to create 2 groups with together almost 60 participants. Each group (the first course took place in the end of March, the second in the end of April) had first two days of face-to-face meetings (every day 6 hours, in total 12 hours). Afterwards the participants worked individually at home, creating teaching materials and uploading them to the specially created learning platform (https://www.openlearning.com/courses/esiatvrtsarlangoer). You can read more about this course in an interview which I as co-ordinator of the Latvian group was asked to give to our institution’s PR Office (available on the website of Rēzekne Higher Educational Institution; for readers unfamilar with Latvian the pictures from the course will provide some insight into what was taking place; http://www.ru.lv/aktualitates/1455/).

Both groups reunited on May 21 for presenting the participants’ individual projects. It was a big challenge to evaluate them and decide which of the teachers’ works should be nominated as the best Latvian contribution in order to participate in the international teachers’ competition. In the end we did a triple evaluation: the individual projects were evaluated by the teachers themselves, the course leaders (the three project participants and our IT expert Mihails Kijaško) and by students who have access to the RHEI learning platform.[2] We are happy to announce our winner Diāna Bravacka, a teacher of Latvian language and literature who is working with interdisciplinary approaches and new technologies. Here is the link where you can read (in Latvian) about this competition and its result: http://www.ru.lv/aktualitates/1552/.

Nu sirds sumynojam Tevi, Diāna!

Sirsnīgi sveicam Tevi, Diāna!

Поздравляa!

[1] Originally in Latvian: Pirms kursiem domāju, ka šie kursi nav domāti man, bet divu dienu garumā konstatēju, ka ir diezgan labas lietas izklāstītas, ko varēšu izmantot savos mācību priekšmetos.

[2] About the LangOER Project and participation of Rēzekne Higher Education Institution you can read more here: https://twitter.com/RezAugstskola/status/582446322223083520

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Seminar on openness

On Monday, 22 June,  Jan Dlugosz University organised a seminar on openness in education. The seminar was delivered as part of the LangOER  teacher training sessions for Poland. The detailed programme is available here: warsztatyeksperckie.weebly.com  We were very happy to host three renowned expert speakers:

  • Kamil Sliwowski (Creative Commons Poland) who explained the idea of openness and Open Educational Resouces emphasising their importance in Less Used Languages. His presentation (in Polish) is available here: Presentation 1
Kamil Sliwowski

Kamil Sliwowski

  • Przemyslaw Stencel (Edukacja Online) who discussed the process of opening up classrooms and presented some tools which are essential in the process. The presentation he gave is available here: Presentation 2 
  • Tomasz Walasek (Technical University, Czestochowa) who gave a presentation on the challenges modern education is facing right now. His presentation is available here: Presentation 3
The engaged participants

The engaged participants

Our  LangOER colleague Anna Skowron presented the project and explained the principles of open licensing. Her presentation is available here: Presentation 4

Anna Skowron

Anna Skowron

The participants got involved into discussions about the idea of open education, the potential of Open Educational Resources and about the process of opening up their classrooms. They had an opportunity to try out new technologies and to exchange their opinions and experiences in that field.

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OER teacher training course in Poland

The course on Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices was held in Czestochowa, Poland in April. It was offered in a blended format: two face-to-face workshops were intertwined with the online course held on the OpenLearning platform: Otwarte Zasoby i Praktyki LangOER

The course was announced through various channels using this invitation and teachers who got interested in participating in our course registered through a website dedicated to our training course. The same website was used in the process of product submission.

The online component (Module 1) was made available one week before the first f2f meeting. The teachers who had already registered for the f2f workshop were invited to join the online course and familiarize themselves with the idea of Open Educational Resources.

The face-to-face workshops were organised for two groups of teachers of different subjects and from different educational levels, ranging from kindergarten teachers to academic teachers; from history teachers to physical education teachers. The first face-to-face workshop took place on April 10 (the Friday group) and April 11 (the Saturday group) and was followed by the online component consisting of three modules.

The first face-to-face workshop took place on April 10 (the Friday group) and April 11 (the Saturday group) and was followed by the online component consisting of three modules. The second face-to-face meetings were held on April 24 and April 25.

The first f2f workshop was devoted to the following issues:

  • the idea of openness
  • what are open educational resources
  • examples of OER
  • open licences
  • finding OER
  • working with images and videos
  • correct attribution
Discussion about the idea of openness in education

Discussion about the idea of openness in education

The participants were highly engaged in discussions and were very eager to share their views and experiences.

The second f2f workshop was dedicated mainly to the process of creating the open educational resources and consisted of the following topics:

  • Open licenses – revision
  • Polish open educational resources repositories – a review
  • Hands-on task – creating open educational resources

 

Participants working hard on creating their own OER

The teachers were assisted by Gosia Kurek and Ania Skowron (the instructors in the course)  and managed to start working on their own open educational materials. The completed their work at home and submitted the ready products via this website.

The online component was structured as follows:

  • Module 1: “Let’s meet” – the idea of openness in education, open educational resources and open licenses were introduced to the participants; they were taught how to find an openly licensed image. This Module was made available to the teachers a week before the first 2f2 workshop and served as a sort of introduction to the whole course.
  • Module 2: “Open Educational Resources” which brought the idea of OER closer to the participating teachers who were invited to introduce themselves
  • Module 3: “Our products” in which participants were given a selection of different tools with step-by-step instructions they could use when creating their own OER.

The teachers participating in the training course were very engaged both during the face-to-face meetings and in the online course. Apparently, the topic of Open Educational Resources is of great interest to the teachers who would like to be more aware of the whole idea.

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Lithuanian teachers and the OER

Lithuania, being a small country of barely 3 mln. people, enjoys, however, a team of dedicated and innovation-orientated teachers. Also, the in-service training system works well in Lithuania (for teachers). The project was supported intellectually and from an administrative aspect: Kaunas Teachers’ Qualification center (http://www.kpkc.lt/) announced the course on its web, and the teachers all over Lithuania had an opportunity to participate. Even if the majority of teachers came from Kaunas, we had a participant from Taurage (West of Lithuania), from Vilnius (capital city) (totally: 26 participants). It is important to note, however, and interesting tendency, and namely, that, even if majority of teachers were teachers of languages, we also had teachers who teach biology, social pedagogues, and, most interestingly, deputy head-teachers. While asked why did they become involved (being so buys with responsible tasks), they reported feeling the need to know about innovation, because, otherwise- how will they consult teachers or motivate them to strive for innovations themselves? That was an interesting point, which may explain to some extent the willingness of teachers to innovate. However, being a small country, Lithuania does not enjoy a larger pool of OER, especially, in national language. Another aspect iterated by participants once and again- any OER becomes short-lived so fast in this world of changes. Therefore invest a lot (and a qualitative piece of OER requires that) is a bit futile.vaiva

 

 

 

 

Teachers enjoyed the time together, discussions in small groups, trying out technologies, several of them even shared their first impressions of applying OER at school during the conference, organized by the team of University on 2 April, 2015.

by Vaiva Zuzevičiūtė

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Swedish language teachers engage in questions of openness

Swedish language teachers are eager to find ways of implementing digital activities for their students. Therefore, the Internet is increasingly used for finding resources and practice material. However, there are recurrent questions of how this material can be used and what different licenses mean. For this reason, the Going Open Sweden online course was held with some active and dedicated language teachers contributing to discussions of openness in education and production of OER. The participating teachers all have an active interest in the use of IT in language learning.

The announcement of the course took place on Facebook groups for Swedish language teachers. When the invitation was posted it attracted immediate responses from more 40 teachers. The Going Open Sweden course had it’s final meeting in Stockholm on 15 June, with the participants and the course leaders Sylvi Vigmo from University of Gothenburg and Linda Bradley from Chalmers University of Technology. The teachers who had engaged in the project from all of southern Sweden were invited to this meeting.

LangOER 15 June 2015 Final meeting
Participants in the final seminar in Stockholm

Swedish language teachers are eager to find ways of implementing digital activities for their students. Therefore, the Internet is increasingly used for finding resources and practice material. However, there are recurrent questions of how this material can be used and what different licenses mean.

The announcement of the course took place on Facebook groups for Swedish language teachers. When the invitation was posted it attracted immediate responses from more than 40 teachers. The Going Open Sweden course had it’s final meeting in Stockholm on 15 June, with the participants and the course leaders Sylvi Vigmo and Linda Bradley from University of Gothenburg. The teachers who had engaged in the project from all of southern Sweden were invited to this meeting.

The fact that we focused specifically on language teachers in Swedish schools has meant engaging in a group that has shared ideas and resources with each other. It has also been very valuable being able to discuss methods of teaching and sharing pedagogical ideas related to online learning.

The course was set up with four course modules dealing with openness in education, licences and critical testing of software for language learning. The participants have been enthusiastic working thoroughly with the course assignments. The course ran from 26 March to 6 May 2015, during a very hectic period for Swedish teachers in the end of term. Even though most teachers had a heavy work period, they have been active with assignments. In the final evaluation, they mentioned that the layout of the course with a content allowing for possibility to work whenever there has been a possibility, has meant that they have been able to carry through the course.

The course leaders have communicated with the participants regularly, encouraging them to attend OER webinars and promoting OER content in the modules. Also, supporting them in their online work has been essential. Apart from the introduction seminar with Swedish OER expert Ebba Ossiannilsson we also had a mid-seminar through the video conferenceing programme Adobe Connect where Ebba was invited again. In addition, Ebba has answered questions from the participants throughout the course, which has been highly appreciated.

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Ebba Ossiannilsson, OERSverige.se

In the final seminar in Stockholm, we discussed plans for disseminating the course content to even more Swedish language teachers. The participants were encouraged to invite colleagues, displaying their produced OER and inviting the colleagues to get involved in the open learning debate in Sweden. This process is in fact already an ongoing process. The participants appreciate the “extended classroom“ that online possibilities offer through social media. To conclude, we’d like to thank all participating teachers who have now started the process of being ambassadors of OER in Sweden. Engaging in this course has had an impact on spreading OER to langauge teachers in Sweden.

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