Groups on LanguageBox

We are continuing experiments with LanguageBox‘s new group functionality. Newcastle, Aston and UCL SSEES have set up groups and their tutors are busily uploading resources as part of their team. I’m pleased to see that some other LB users have gone ahead and set up groups too!

We put in this kind of function to help our FAVOR tutors to be clearly identified with their institutions, as we aim to get their work more recognised and valued both in their home institutions and beyond. Setting groups is also a good way to bring coherence to materials too.

Kate B

FAVOR at the ‘Sustaining a Global Society: Languages of the Wider World’ conference

The FAVOR project participated in a conference dedicated to community languages and languages of the wider world. The event, which took place on 29-30 March 2012 at SOAS, London, offered an exciting opportunity to academics and practitioners working in these fields to present their project and research outcomes to an audience of colleagues and specialists in the field. FAVOR had a dedicated space for showcasing the aims of the project which involved contributions from partner institutions, especially SOAS and UCL, as well as talks by some of the tutors whose teaching work the project supports. The two days were very successful and FAVOR raised a lot of interest among the participants! A big thank you to all the FAVOR people who took part in the event for their brilliant contributions and to the tutors who gave up their time to share knowledge and experience with the community!


Big meeting in London

Hi everyone, just a quick note before I go off on my Easter hols, at last! While all of our FAVOR partners are busy beavering away uploading and hopefully by now beginning to create new content, Kate and myself have been out and about meeting people from other projects and having some very interesting conversations about the bigger OER questions, some of which were raised during our recent trip to Newcastle – how do we make resources more visible, how do we deal with quality, what is the long term sustainability of OERs and so on. At a recent meeting in London (26th March) we enjoyed the experience of a Knowledge Café in which we got together in small groups to brainstorm some of the challenges and issues for our projects (and OER) then created discussion groups to talk them through in more detail. Good fun and a great way to meet people and share similar experiences/worries. The only drawback is that with this process you may not get to focus on your particular issue as it can get lost in the crowd. It was also a shame that we didn’t get the chance to say how well we were doing and spent too much time being serious and a bit gloomy, we must remember that sharing can be very rewarding and quite enjoyable. I hope you will all agree, if not now but at least by the end of the project.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone after the holidays.