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The Linkedup Project: an online repository for language teachers

Motzo, Anna (2013). The Linkedup Project: an online repository for language teachers. In: Beaven, Ana; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Sawhill, Barbara eds. Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom. Dublin: Research-Publishing.net, pp. 45–56.

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Abstract

LinkedUp is a repository of open educational resources (OER) aimed at language teachers and learners between 4-19 years. The main aim of the project was to tackle the shortage of free high quality online materials. The author examines how the use of technology and a ‘learner-centred’ approach led to the creation of engaging new learning activities. During the creative process, emphasis was placed on collaboration and openness with participants encouraged to share ideas throughout the project. This case study focuses on one project whose aim was to combine language learning with business studies and illustrates how learners, through a mixture of formal and informal activities and settings, contributed to the creation of the learning materials. It reports on how this creative engagement led to an increase in both the learners’ participation in the learning experience and in their appreciation of the importance of gaining transferable skills. At the end of the project a collection of reusable and adaptable digital and interactive materials was added to the site. This case study is part of a growing body of research on how the OER movement is democratising learning. However, as many of these projects still rely on short-term external funding, concerns are expressed about whether OER repositories are sustainable in the long term.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2013 by Research-publishing.net
ISBN: 1-908416-09-2, 978-1-908416-09-4
Keywords: Italian; language learning; language teaching; learner-centred approach; open educational resources; technology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
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Item ID: 42425
Depositing User: Anna Motzo
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2015 09:19
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 11:13
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42425
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