[lg policy] Fwd: [Edling] Final Call for proposals for Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 10:59:38 UTC 2016

 Forwarded From: Shannon Sauro <shannon.sauro at mah.se>
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Final Call for proposals for Open Education: Promoting Diversity for
European Languages


*Brussels, September 26 & 27, 2016 - coinciding with the European Day of
languages (September 26).*

LangOER (http://langoer.eun.org) is a network of European partners
supporting the enhancement of teaching and learning of less used languages
through Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP). The network,
which is supported by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning
Programme, runs from January 2014 to December 2016. In September 2016
LangOER will organize its final seminar, in cooperation with EdReNe
<http://edrene.org/>, the Educational Repositories Network.

In the fast developing digital era, Open Educational Resources (OER) and
Practices (OEP) provide new ways to extend participatory learning and help
support innovative teaching practices. This represents an important
opportunity for less used languages and their speakers but also gives rise
to a number of challenges. For example, the adoption of OER/OEP for less
used languages can be slow to take off as a result of limited public
investment and/or limited market size. There is a real danger, therefore,
that barriers to OER/OEP for less used languages can impact on linguistic
diversity and cultural diversity on a global scale.

This LangOER-EdReNe conference aims to bring together experts in open
education and digital content repositories with educational researchers and
a variety of policy makers concerned with language learning and teaching,
pedagogical use of ICT, and social integration and inclusion.

It will particularly address key issues related to the uptake of less used
languages. The agenda that is currently being developed will explore:

   - How cross-border collaboration can address current challenges and
   provide new opportunities to extend OER/OEP in less used languages.
   - How OER/OEP can be optimally transferred to language communities where
   there are limited financial resources and political support.
   - How new policies and initiatives can address existing roadblocks for
   OER/OEP adoption.
   - The added value of OER/OEP from a (less used) language teaching
   - Current state of the art on initiatives and digital resources in Europe

*If you wish to submit a proposal for the conference, please, send the
following information to **langoer at eun.org <langoer at eun.org>, **no later
than April 30, 2016*

   - First name:
   - Last name:
   - Affiliation:
   - Email:
   - EdReNe member: Yes/No
   - LangOER project partner: Yes/No
   - Title of presentation:
   - Abstract (max 250 words):

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