COERLL: Language Learning for an Open World

Friday, October 29, 2010 -
14:00 to 15:00

This talk is an overview of the mission and projects of COERLL, UT-Austin’s new Title VI language resource and research center. One of only 15 national foreign language resource centers, COERLL seeks to promote the culture of sharing at the heart of the Open Education movement. In more concrete terms, COERLL will produce and disseminate Open Educational Resources (OERs) for the Internet public (e.g., online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc.). The term OER refers to any educational material offered freely for anyone to use, typically involving some permission to re-mix, improve, and redistribute. And finally, in addition to embracing the tenets of Open Education, COERLL seeks to reframe foreign language education in terms of multilingualism. As such, all COERLL materials will strive to represent more accurately multilingual development and performance along multiple continua (dialectal, proficiency, etc.).