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Re-visiting the pedagogy of the languages of minority communities - Frisian MOOC

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Frisian MOOC
dr. W.F. de Boer
Afûk Institute for the Frisian Language

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Re-visiting the pedagogy of the languages of minority communities - Frisian MOOC

  1. 1. Frisian MOOC dr. W.F. de Boer Afûk Institute for the Frisian Language Friday 26th June, 2015 Vernon Square Campus University of London Re-visiting the pedagogy of the languages of minority communities
  2. 2. Fryslân • 620,000 inhabitants: – 94% understand – 74% speak – 65% read – 17% write • 55% Frisian mother tongue
  3. 3. • My roots…
  4. 4. Frysk tichtby…. (Bring Frisian language close to people) The goal of the Afûk is to promote the knowledge and use of the Frisian language as well as promoting the interest in Fryslân and its culture.
  5. 5. 5 + =
  6. 6. A MOOC? • a course with a start and end date • open with no barriers to entry • neither cost nor education criteria • online, accessed on the Web • massive: significant number of students to contribute to a connected learning environment • “distributed content”: course content is accessed on the Web for free rather than from textbooks Dave Cormier
  7. 7. History of MOOCs • 2008: Stephen Downes and George Siemens (Canada) online course Connectivism and Connective Knowledge: 2,200 students • Stephen Downes: – cMOOC: ‘c’ stands for Connectivist – xMOOC: modeled on traditional course materials, learning theories and h.e. teaching methods. • Stanford University: Artificial Intelligence course in 2011. Expected a a few thousan; went to 160,000 http://moocnewsandreviews.com/ultimate-guide-to-xmoocs-and-cmoocso/
  8. 8. Open university http://oertools.weebly.com/types-of-moocs.html
  9. 9. Numbers https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-12-26-moocs-in-2014-breaking-down-the-numbers
  10. 10. Most popular courses (2014) • Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship | Coursera • Introduction to Statistics | Udacity • Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects | Cousera • Introduction to Computer Science | Udacity • Principles of Project Management | Open2Study • CS50x: Introduction to Computer Science | edX • Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence | Coursera • Introduction to Finance | Coursera • Strategic Management | Open2Study • R Programming | Cousera
  11. 11. Problem with language MOOC? • Systems are not made for language learning • Systems are not so “open” • Can you learn a language online?
  12. 12. Learning Frisian
  13. 13. Learn the basics of Frisian • A 3 week course of about 3 hours every week • For anyone that has a interest in learning languages • No need to have prior knowledge of the Frisian language. • Focus of the course is on understanding (reading and listening) Frisian, aside the first steps in speaking Frisian. • Goals: – introduce yourself and get to know other learners – talk about your family, friends, work and study – learn the basics of spelling and grammar – learn about Fryslân and Frisian culture
  14. 14. Characteristics • CEFR • Focus on use, focus on realistic use • Interactive (communicative) approach
  15. 15. The planning in the course: Week Theme Goals Frisian culture 1 To meet Tell your name, age, where you live, you like Ask someones name, age, where (s)he’s from Village and town 2 Me and my family and friends Introduce your family Ask if you are related Tell how you feel Ask questions Sport 3 Communi- cation Telephone conversation Living and working Holliday and spare time Food Habbits
  16. 16. Demo http://mooc.edufrysk.nl name: MoocDemo pw: MoocDemo2015
  17. 17. New possibilities for the community/heritage languages? • People from all over the world with direct or indirect connections • People that come to live/work in the region • Students interested in language sciences/ history • People that might want to do a course, but first want to explore • People that consider to live and work in the region • …
  18. 18. Thank you… w.deboer@afuk.nl
  19. 19. MOOCs  are open to anyone – no mandatory qualifications  have no fees for study  have enrolments at start >>> learners at end  have learners who are not students of universities  are fully online  are very lightly tutored & supported  do offer assessment (in various forms)  have low study hours per week, on modules not degree programs  offer ‘certificates of completion’ rather than credits (but…)  are a different business model to trad HE Jeff Haywood

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