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Open Educational Practices in a Lesser-Taught Language Community

Tiedau, U; (2013) Open Educational Practices in a Lesser-Taught Language Community. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society (Je-LKS) , 9 (1) pp. 47-57. Green open access

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Abstract

This article investigates how Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP) can support a ‘strategically important and vulnerable subject’ (SIVS) in the UK, in this case a less-widely taught modern foreign language, namely Dutch Studies. It details the experiences of VirtualDutch, an inter-institutional subject community involving four Dutch departments or sections of Schools of Modern Languages in the UK, that aims to create and share Open Educational Resources and to develop and engage in web-supported forms of inter-institutional collaboration in teaching and learning. After an overview of the VirtualDutch experiences, in particular those in the pilot project in phase 1 of JISC's and the HE Academy's Open Educational Resources Programme (2009/10), the importance of forming communities of both practice and learning around OER for language teaching is highlighted, something particularly, but not exclusively, relevant for less-widely taught subjects like Dutch.

Type: Article
Title: Open Educational Practices in a Lesser-Taught Language Community
Location: Italy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://je-lks.org/ojs/index.php/Je-LKS_EN/issue/vi...
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC-BY) License. Further distribution of this work is permitted, provided the original work is properly cited. Special issue on Open Resources and Open Practices
Keywords: e-learning, OER, UKOER, Open Educational Practice, Less-Widely Taught Languages, Strategically important and vulnerable subjects (SIVS)
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1369496
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