Call for contributions to an e-book We are planning a publication of selected case studies showcasing how the principles of openness in second / foreign language teaching and learning are applied in practice. The book will be a collection of case studies providing practical suggestions for the incorporation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP), and Open Communication principles to the language classroom and to the initial and continuing development of language teachers. This open-access e-book, aimed at practitioners in secondary and tertiary education, will be freely available for download.
This publication will showcase some of the projects and activities presented at "Learning through sharing: Open Resources, Open Practices, Open Communication” workshop of the EUROCALL Computer Mediated Communication and Teacher Education SIGs held at the University of Bologna on 29-30 March 2012.
The main themes covered in the conference were:
theories that underpin openness as a key principle in education using OER in teaching and/or course development, including reusing and re-purposing existing resources for different contexts or resource-based learning integrating learner-generated content into language courses developing a culture of sharing amongst the teaching community (barriers to and advantages of sharing) sharing resources and/or practices in teacher education and professional development (e.g. through peer review of resources) sharing resources and intellectual capital with others to raise individual or institutional profiles (e.g. through publishing resources on itunes U, contributing to a resource repository, open access publishing of research papers ) promoting learner communication in 'open' environments (e.g. through online gaming, virtual worlds, international discussion boards) facilitating open communication in CMC - where 'sensitive' topics can be broached and diverse opinions are valued.
We are now inviting those who took part in the event but also other interested colleagues to submit a case study proposal (maximum 500 words) by 30 September 2012 to the co-editors of the publication, Ana Beaven (University of Bologna, Italy), Anna Comas-Quinn (Open University, UK) and Barbara Sawhill (Oberlin College, USA). Please send your papers to: firstname.lastname@example.org including the word ‘ebook’ in the subject field.
Ana Beaven, Anna Comas-Quinn and Barbara Sawhill
Call for Papers (now closed)
We welcome abstracts relating to Open Educational Resources (OER) or Open Practices from anyone involved in the fields of CMC-based language teaching and learning and foreign language teacher education, including researchers, practitioners and doctoral students. We are particularly interested in proposals that consider, among others, the topics proposed for the conference (see above)
In order to provide maximum time for discussions, we have chosen the following format:
Abstracts of 400 words (including title) should be sent by the deadline of 1 December 2011 to: email@example.com
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 7th January 2012.
Following acceptance, authors will be asked to write a short paper (about 3000 words) and submit it by 28th February 2012. This paper does not need to be too polished, and can include work in progress. The papers will be made available to all the participants at the beginning of March, so that they can be read before the conference.
Authors will be given 45-minute slots in which two or three related papers will be discussed together. The authors of the papers will be given 5 minutes each to summarise the main issues discussed in their papers (which all the participants should have read beforehand). This will be followed by a 30 minute discussion. It is hoped that this format will encourage deeper reflection and discussion, and provide authors with valuable feedback on their work.
We are currently investigating the possibility of a special issue of one of the renowned journals in computer assisted language learning and teaching based on the contributions to the conference and invited submissions.