The LangOER network, consisting of 9 European partners, is a 3-year project (January 2014 - December 2016) co-funded by the European Commission (Lifelong Learning Programme, KA2 action).
The study “Open Educational Resources (OER) in less used languages: a state of the art report” is the first public output of the LangOER network, an ambitious project with highly motivated partners adressing the role of OER in less used European languages which run the risk of being linguistically and culturally marginalized in a fast developing digital world.
This report presents the results of an in-depth investigation and analysis of Open Educational Resources (OER) in 17 less used and also been extended to 23 European languages. The investigation also included a more global overview by using languages such as English, French, and German for reference. The selection of 22 languages in this project is indicative and not exhaustive. The methodology used for this investigation included an international expert survey, LangOER partnership consultation, and stakeholders’ events contributing to the evolving understanding of OER in less used languages. A range of resources was
used, most of them available on the social sharing spaces Mendeley and Diigo, freely accessible. This report only presents the current state and offers an indicative list of references.
The results illustrate the diverse landscape while identifying several challenging issues not yet tackled. In particular, the report point out the need to identify quality indicators and issues of specific linguistic concern for further development. This discussion covers topics important for moving the field forward, such as
policies, language barriers, multilingualism and the role of preparation of practitioners as well as practices.
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