The Linkedup Project: An Online Repository for Language Teachers

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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.

Keywords: Italian, language learning and teaching, learner-centred approach, open educational resources, technology.

References

Krishnamurthy, R. (2002). Language as chunks, not words. Jalt 2002 Conference Proceedings (pp. 288-294). Retrieved from http://jalt-publications.org/archive/proceedings/2002/288.pdf

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Motzo, Anna. (2013). The Linkedup Project: An Online Repository for Language Teachers. In Ana Beaven, Anna Comas-Quinn, Barbara Sawhill (Eds), Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom (pp. 45-56). Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2013.000109

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