05/12/2016

LangOER project concludes looking forward to the future of Less Used Languages

On 26-27 September the Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages LangOER conference of the LangOER project organized by European Schoolnet and Educational Repositories Network - EdReNe, took place successfully in Brussels.

Initiating the last phase of the project, the two-day event featured workshops and debates and provided ground for discussions about the status of Less Used Languages (LUL) and how Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) can offer a way forward at supporting teaching and learning of these languages in Europe and consequently at promoting inclusion and quality education for all. 

As part of a consultation process of the project, the conference aimed to also call for the improvement of the initial policy recommendations draft presented during the event.

To achieve that, after the consultation workshops during the conference, the project invited policy makers, experts, researchers and practitioners to participate in the webinar Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages – Consultation on policy recommendations, which informed further consultation, and to join the Facebook group LangOER - Policy consultation. The group works as a space for dialogue and engagement around the final policy recommendations ‘Enabling Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Europe through OER' and key resources in the field, as well as enhances OER into policy and encourages further action.

The final policy recommendations were developed on the basis of studies and observations made over the last three years of the project and the finding that licensed and quality OER are still a relatively open challenge in LUL communities. 

Against this background, the policy recommendations paper presents three top level policy recommendations: 1) develop a well-functioning OER lifecycle – "create-access-use-adapt", 2) provide professional development and support for teachers and 3) support community and network building for quality learning outcomes.

As a final act, LangOER has created a Digital Showcase to feature all the valuable resources created during the project. The Digital Showcase offers a wide range of resources (including videos, handbooks, courses, policy briefs, papers etc.), for the three main stakeholders: teachers, policy makers and experts. All materials will remain available online after the conclusion of the project.

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