As the open education movement continues to grow and affect foreign language (FL) teaching and learning in a variety of educational contexts (e.g., K–12 and post-secondary institutions, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions), there is a critical need for research that explores (a) how FL educators perceive and make use of open educational resources (OER) in their classrooms, and (b) the nature of and reasons for the rise in open educational language practices (OEP) in the United States and in other parts of the world. COERLL's research initiatives intend to fill a void in the literature regarding OER and OEP and promote the overall expansion of the FL open education movement.
Assessing the OER Needs of FL Educators in the US: High Schools, Community Colleges and Four-Year Colleges
Based on the findings of the OER/OEP survey project, this project will involve a needs analysis of FL educators in the US regarding the types of OER they currently use and/or would like to have. Data for this project will come from group meetings and interviews with targeted teacher populations in high schools, community colleges, and 4–year colleges/universities who attend national conferences. The results will be disseminated on the OER Research Hub website and published in peer-reviewed educational journals. The results will help COERLL and the other National Foreign Language Resource Centers in the US to better understand the OER market and to improve the effectiveness of FL OER that, in turn, will help to expand FL OEP.