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Crowdsourcing in language learning and teaching: “small” languages’ achievements

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Invited talk at the University of Iceland, March 9, 2018. Faculty of languages. http://hugvisindathing.hi.is/malstofur/fraedilegur-lettleiki-maltileinkunar/

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Crowdsourcing in language learning and teaching: “small” languages’ achievements

  1. 1. Crowdsourcing in language learning and teaching: “small” languages’ achievements Katerina Zourou, Ph.D. Director, Web2Learn, Greece Funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union EnetCollect: European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques
  2. 2. Can you name a event in Iceland that in your opinion was crowd based?
  3. 3. From https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/opeds/opinion/2016/06/23/football_ecstasy_in_iceland/
  4. 4. Can you name a event in Iceland that in your opinion was crowd sourced?
  5. 5. “Engagement of individuals who voluntarily offer their knowledge to a knowledge seeker (an organisation, a company, etc. Howe (2006). Howe, J. (2006). "The Rise of Crowdsourcing". Wired, 14 (6) https://www.wired.com/2006/06/crowds/ Crowdsourcing: short definition
  6. 6. Forging the Icelandic constitution: civic participation onsite… Debating the constitution with (l-r) constitution activist and lawyer Katrín Oddsdóttir, filmmaker Eileen Jerrett and Alex Prichard in Reykjavik. Info from http://theconversation.com/icelands- crowd-sourced-constitution-hope-for-disillusioned-voters-everywhere-67803
  7. 7. … and online
  8. 8. Community location: physical?
  9. 9. 15 Community location: exclusively online? https://stackexchange.com
  10. 10. Community location: blended? Meetup communities
  11. 11. What can we learn for the learning and teaching of languages?
  12. 12. Some crowdsourced language-related projects
  13. 13. 1st example: TedTalks https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en
  14. 14. Subtitles of TedTalks produced in a crowdsourcing fashion https://www.ted.com/participate/translate
  15. 15. A platform for crowdsourcing language materials
  16. 16. Amara’s collaborative dashboard
  17. 17. 2nd example: crowdsourcing language teaching materials Note: indicative example. Work in progress- still lots to be done
  18. 18. => Emphasis on practices; hands-on approach for educators https://oepscotland.org 3rd example: crowdsourcing language teaching curricula https://oepscotland.org
  19. 19. => Teacher engagement; re-use; localisation http://www.tess-india.edu.in
  20. 20. • On a global level: shouldn’t we embrace new spaces and modes of connectivity more actively? • How to valorize educational practice using Open Educational Resources (OER) without downplaying the value of licensed materials? • Shouldn’t we reconsider the role of communities in language education in the open? • Shouldn’t we get inspired from learning and collaboration « in the wild » to enrich the language classroom practice? Few ideas to discuss
  21. 21. Thankyou! #enetcollect @web2learn_eu Slides available at https://www.slideshare.net/Web2Learn_eu

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