Title Producing Open Online Learning Systems 3
Project Number UK/13/LLP-LdV/TOI-601
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text To help language teachers with new computer-assisted techniques to support their students.
The project promoted and exploited CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) in Catalan, Czech and Irish language VET contexts, building on the development work in nine other languages through the original UK-led POOLS project (2005-7, winner of 2009 European Silver Award for Innovation and Creativity in Lifelong Learning) and subsequent ES-led TOI to 3 more languages via POOLS-2 (2009-2011). The consortium was led by the UK POOLS promoter with assistance from the DK partner, with a mix of private and public sector educational providers with a VET locus.
Irish, Czech, and Catalan language teachers in VET were equipped with sample CALL materials. An in-service training programme for disseminating new skills and practices were embedded in the teacher support infrastructure for these languages, supported by a locally appropriate course book and guide.
The 2-year project started in Oct 2013.
In addition to producing online video materials POOLS developed a course book and teacher training courses. The TOI has adapted and translated the core materials (Introduction to CALL, course units catalogue), and produced multimedia source materials for use in CALL materials development in the three new languages. In the second year it piloted teacher training courses on CALL for these languages.
The project addressed recommendations 2 and 5 of the Languages for Jobs report, by promoting new methods of teaching languages in order to motivate learners to keep languages in their study programmes (2) and developing specialised language training modules and methodology for teachers and trainers in VET (5).
The work programme consisted of eleven Work Packages. These covered project management, quality management, the communication platform (including social media), exploitation and impact, dissemination, CALL guidebook adaptation and translation, course units adaptation and translation, the creation of audio/video source materials, in-service training piloting, instructional videos/DVDs, and final editing of guides, course units, and sample e-learning units.
Information and Communication
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Product information The project adapted and translated the core materials (course book, course manuals), produced multimedia source materials for use in CALL materials development in the three new languages, and piloted teacher training courses on CALL for these languages.