Corpora developed by linguists to study languages are a promising source of authentic materials to employ in the development of OER for language learning. Recently, COERLL's SpinTX Corpus-to-Classroom project launched a new open resource that seeks to make it easy to search and adapt materials from a video corpus.
The SpinTX video archive provides a pedagogically-friendly web interface to search hundreds of videos from the Spanish in Texas Corpus. Each of the videos is accompanied by synch...
Fernando Rubio checks back in with us after finishing his first year teaching a Spanish MOOC.
I ended my previous post inviting you to think about the role of MOOCs and the intersection between teaching and certification.
The conversation that has been going on since my last post has been just as polarized as it was before. MOOCs have recently been called a new form of colonialism because they are an attempt to address the demand for higher education by some of the top universities ...
Discussions about the future of OER often seem to center on issues of promotion and tenure and on finding viable business models for for large-scale projects. While these are certainly issues for which solutions need to be found, our desire to institutionalize and commodify OER must not crowd out consideration of the pedagogical opportunities that OER can provide to graduate programs.
Digital Humanities and CALL
We are in an age in which graduate programs are thinking about alternatives t...
We had a notable presence at this year's SOCALLT conference (South Central Association for Language Learning Technology). Language educators from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico gathered to talk all things edu-tech. So we took this opportunity to unveil some of COERLL's new or updated open online language learning resources and get some f2f feedback.
COERLL Presentations on New or Improved OER
Web developer Rachael Gilg and corpus developer Arthur Wendorf gave a han...
We found a kindred thinker in education futurologist, John Moravec at the University of Minnesota -- take a look at his vision for Society 3.0 (that's us!). Moravec describes members of Society 3.0 as agents of:
innovation fueled by knowmads ("nomadic knowledge workers")
Sound familiar? A key aspect of Society 3.0 involves online open access, crowd sourcing that promotes sharing, remixing, and capitalizing on new ideas. We know that much of this happens through...