Discovering Spanish Voices Abroad in a Digital World

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This case study describes and assesses the Open Practice module Discovering Spanish Voices Abroad in a Digital World, one of the pedagogical applications of the JISC project OpenLIVES, which digitised Oral History interviews of Spanish migrants in the HumBox repository. This case study pays specific attention to learner production of Open Educational Resources. Through the process of production, learners developed their critical and practical understanding of Oral History and Migration by working with OpenLIVES interviews and other OER. Learners also carried out interviews with new research informants, produced their own audio documentaries on Spanish migration based on old and new interviews and finally published their outputs as OER. This case study demonstrates how the learners fulfill a virtuous circle of skills acquisition, meaningful learning and knowledge transfer, as they reuse OER and share their own research data, insights and knowledge with the open global community in OER repositories. Student generated materials were then added to the original collection of resources. The teacher offers a scaffolding of learning activities, team-work, support and feedback that enables the learners to make the most of this real life and ethical experience, whilst benefiting the wider community and giving the narratives of the migrants the credit they deserve.

Keywords: migration, oral history, documentaries, OER, interviews, research.


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Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio. (2013). Discovering Spanish Voices Abroad in a Digital World. In Ana Beaven, Anna Comas-Quinn, Barbara Sawhill (Eds), Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom (pp. 176-188).

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