The Department of French and Italian

Carl Blyth receives Title VI grant for COERLL - Congratulations, Carl!

Tue, September 30, 2014
Carl Blyth receives Title VI grant for COERLL - Congratulations, Carl!

Carl Blyth, Associate Professor of French Linguistics, has been awarded a four-year Title VI grant by the Department of Education to continue the operation of the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL).   Established in 2010, COERLL is one of 15 national foreign language resource centers.  COERLL's mission is to 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.  Open Education is part of the Free Culture Movement, whose goal is to promote the freedom to distribute and modify creative works in the form of open content by using the Internet and various forms of media.  COERLL's OER carry Creative Commons open licenses, a legal alternative to traditional copyright. The $750,000 grant will allow COERLL to develop and disseminate OER in several languages such as Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, French, K'ichee' Mayan, Persian, Portuguese, and Turkish.  COERLL will also join forces with UT-Pan American and the National Heritage Language Resource Center (UCLA) to develop OER for heritage Spanish speakers. Finally, COERLL's research agenda will focus on determining the impact of OER on language learning and teaching in an increasingly connected world.

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