The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

The community café: creating and sharing open educational resources with community-based language teachers

The community café: creating and sharing open educational resources with community-based language teachers
The community café: creating and sharing open educational resources with community-based language teachers
The Community Café project ran from 2010 – 2011 and was a collaboration between Southampton City Council and two universities in the UK. The project’s aim was to create, publish online and share a collection of open access digital resources for community-based language teachers in the Southampton area. The project addressed a particular problem: the scarcity of up-to-date, online resources for community languages. These languages are often learnt in informal situations, and teachers are often reliant on creating their own materials but have limited access to training. Engaging with open practice offers this group the potential benefits of improving their access to resources, enhancing digital literacy and practice, and gaining insights into alternative pedagogical approaches through using existing online repositories. The project used a mix of informal ‘café’ sessions and formal training to successfully engage the local community languages group in creating and sharing OERs. The group reported that there were real benefits to their pedagogical practice through working on the project and engaging with open practice: knowledge and skills gained continue to inform their teaching. The paper concludes that while community-based languages teachers are enthusiastic learners and benefits of open practice can be significant, they need encouragement, training and a neutral environment to engage fully with the open movement.
1826-6223
73-83
Borthwick, Kate
34fa2da0-35c3-4302-932c-141b94aec4b4
Dickens, Alison
21ec2a81-d097-42b1-8711-9744601f1886
Borthwick, Kate
34fa2da0-35c3-4302-932c-141b94aec4b4
Dickens, Alison
21ec2a81-d097-42b1-8711-9744601f1886

Borthwick, Kate and Dickens, Alison (2013) The community café: creating and sharing open educational resources with community-based language teachers. Journal of e-Learning Knowledge and Society, 9 (1), 73-83.

Record type: Article

Abstract

The Community Café project ran from 2010 – 2011 and was a collaboration between Southampton City Council and two universities in the UK. The project’s aim was to create, publish online and share a collection of open access digital resources for community-based language teachers in the Southampton area. The project addressed a particular problem: the scarcity of up-to-date, online resources for community languages. These languages are often learnt in informal situations, and teachers are often reliant on creating their own materials but have limited access to training. Engaging with open practice offers this group the potential benefits of improving their access to resources, enhancing digital literacy and practice, and gaining insights into alternative pedagogical approaches through using existing online repositories. The project used a mix of informal ‘café’ sessions and formal training to successfully engage the local community languages group in creating and sharing OERs. The group reported that there were real benefits to their pedagogical practice through working on the project and engaging with open practice: knowledge and skills gained continue to inform their teaching. The paper concludes that while community-based languages teachers are enthusiastic learners and benefits of open practice can be significant, they need encouragement, training and a neutral environment to engage fully with the open movement.

Text
803 - Version of Record
Download (23kB)

More information

Published date: 1 January 2013
Organisations: Modern Languages

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 347777
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/347777
ISSN: 1826-6223
PURE UUID: 3dbafd48-517f-4506-b823-15723e406016

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 31 Jan 2013 13:28
Last modified: 14 Aug 2019 18:48

Export record

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×