Designing OERs to Teach Italian Pronunciation in an Open Educational Environment: A Case Study

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This case study reports on work that was carried out as part of a project developed by the Open University's Department of Languages (Collaborative Writing and Peer Review) between November 2011 and May 2012. The project was led by the Open University's LORO team and the participants were teachers in the Department of Languages. The teachers who took part in the project were interested in the collaborative production of OERs and in benefiting from each other's expertise and feedback in the field of online and blended language teaching and learning. The authors worked collaboratively in producing a set of online audio-visual materials aimed at helping students of Italian to master the pronunciation of five specific sounds. This process provided an example of how the production and design stage of OERs (which involved goal-setting, planning, researching and designing activities) benefited from openness and sharing. This case study is addressed to members of the online teaching community who are interested in the sharing of resources, practices and intellectual capital as a means to enhance professional development and raise individual tutors' and institutional profiles.

Keywords: peer-reviewing, professional development, online learning and teaching, open access resources, Jing, Italian, collaborative writing, OER, LORO, pronunciation.

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Calvi, Anna; Motzo, Anna; Silipo, Sandra. (2013). Designing OERs to Teach Italian Pronunciation in an Open Educational Environment: A Case Study. In Ana Beaven, Anna Comas-Quinn, Barbara Sawhill (Eds), Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom (pp. 70-82). Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2013.000111

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