Hello world! The FAVOR project is here!

Welcome to the blog for the FAVOR (Finding a Voice through Open Resources) project!

Who are we? Well, we are team that has been funded by JISC to do some fun things this year (2011 – 2012) with open educational resources. The project team is:

Alison Dickens (director); Kate Borthwick (manager); Erika Corradini (project officer) – all at LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies, University of Southampton.

And co-investigators: Sarah Hayes (Aston University); Elizabeth Andersen (Newcastle University); Joanne Eastlake (School of Oriental and African Studies); Marta Jenkala (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies), and Julie Watson (Humanities, University of Southampton).

Under the OER Phase 3 programme, we have been funded to:

“…showcase the excellent and often unrecognised work of part-time, hourly-paid language teachers in HE, and engage them in activities which will enhance the student experience. Tutors will publish teaching resources as open content, and create a suite of new Open Educational Resources designed to assist prospective students in understanding the nature of language study at HE level. Outputs will be disseminated to schools and evaluated by prospective and existing students and will contribute to the national agenda for the promotion and support of language learning.”

So over this academic year, we aim to publish lots of excellent language teaching resources and also create new resources which will help school pupils to realise just how useful and important it is to study languages – and how different such study might be at university from what they may be used to at school!

Watch this space to hear more…

Kate B

(PM of the FAVOR coalition – !)