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Title: LORO (Languages Open Resources Online): Academic and stakeholder engagement


1
LORO (Languages Open Resources Online)Academic
and stakeholder engagement
  • Anna Comas-Quinn
  • Lecturer in Spanish, The Open University
  • Educational Repository Exchange Community
    Start-up meeting Southampton, 2 September 2009

2
Languages at The Open University
  • English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Welsh
    Chinese (beginners to final year undergraduate)
  • Students 7000 language students
  • Course developers 50 academics plus support
    staff
  • Teaching staff 330 part-time tutors

3
Aims of the project
  • To create an online repository, based on the
    Language Box, that will allow course developers,
    tutors and staff tutors easy access to tutorial
    materials for all languages and levels.
  • To link LORO to the Language Box so that
    materials deposited in LORO can be automatically
    shared more widely through the Language Box.

4
Project outcomes
  • Users are able to access all materials for all
    levels and languages, and share their own
    materials with the user community.
  • A cultural change in tutors practices and
    course-production systems.

5
Stakeholders
  • Internal teaching staff (tutors), staff tutors
    (managers), course developers (academics and
    managers), students, Faculty University,
    technical staff
  • External University of Southampton, language
    teacher community, JISC JISC community

6
Engaging academic stakeholders
  • Course developers staff tutors
  • Ensure key decisions relating to LORO are backed
    (and enforced) by Faculty and Department.
  • Involve in project, demos, presentations
    testing (several members in the steering
    committee and all members of the project team).
  • Keep them informed (announcements, updates,
    presentations, Newsletter, put LORO in the agenda
    of all key meetings).

7
Engaging academic stakeholders
  • Tutors
  • Keep informed (announcements, presentations at
    Staff Development events, Newsletter)
  • Environmental assessment (130 respondents to
    survey, 65 applicants to fill 33 places in focus
    group discussions)
  • Recruit project staff from pool of tutors
    (researcher, uploader/testers, peer supporters,
    trainers, etc.)
  • At a later stage, involve tutors in dissemination
    activities at their other institutions.

8
Engaging external stakeholders
  • University of Southampton
  • Providing a user test case (benefits realisation)
  • Populating the Language Box
  • Language Teacher Community
  • Increase attractiveness of Language Box (good
    quality OU materials iTunesU)
  • Dissemination through tutors at their other
    institutions

9
Any questions?
  • Contact FELS-Repository_at_open.ac.uk
  • or
  • Anna Comas-Quinn
  • LORO Project Manager
  • A.Comas-Quinn_at_open.ac.uk
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