The project, which is going to last 30 months (11/2018 - 04/2021), is coordinated by the University Grenoble Alpes and implemented by a partnership comprising institutions from five countries: France, Italy, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom.
The University Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Grenoble, France has 45.000 students and is renowned for its experience in language didactics (second language acquisition research). Grenoble has already participated in many European projects, the first ones about intercomprehension in Romance languages (Galanet, Galapro, Miriadi), the two most recent ones about tele collaboration (Intent, Evolve). UGA has experience in distance teaching via Internet (Master of French as a foreign language at a distance), in tele collaboration, in teaching French for academic purposes, and conducts research in all these fields (Laboratoire de linguistique et didactique des langues étrangères et maternelles, Lidilem). A Lidilem team designed in 2016 one of the first French MOOCs (4500 enrolled), dedicated to language teacher training in the use of digital technologies (Teaching and training in languages with digital), implemented on the FUN-MOOC platform: https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/course-v1:grenoblealpes+92007+session03/about
Federazione Nazionale Insegnanti Centro di iniziativa per l’Europa (FENICE), Napoli, Italia is a professional association of teachers which has designed and produced seven European projects related to teaching/learning a foreign language (including Italian L2) based on the use of new methodological approaches such as theatre and music (one of them awarded as Star project in 2012). It has been a partner in other six projects always aimed at the creation of teaching materials, which make foreign language learning easier. 13 out of the 22 European projects in which it participated as a coordinator or partner were addressed to the linguistic sector, which has not only permitted a significant development of skills in the sector but also the realization of a very wide network of contacts with experts in language teaching. It publishes the periodical «Scuol@Europa», equipped with a scientific committee and referees and a newsletter sent out in three languages (IT, EN, FR) all over Europe to 10000 teachers, institutions and policy makers.
The Open University (OU), United Kingdom - is a university for distance learning and research that awards degrees, postgraduate qualifications and a range of other diplomas, certificates and certificates of continuing education. With over 174,000 students, the OU is the largest academic institution in the United Kingdom by number of students, and one of the largest in Europe and the world. The OU is renowned worldwide for its experience in distance learning, language teaching and the use of new technologies for collaborative learning. In addition, the organizational unit is a leader in the production of MOOC and works closely with the FutureLearn MOOC platform to provide learning for hundreds of thousands of students. Recently, the OU has produced two highly successful Spanish and Italian MOOC programs for beginners. The organizational unit has participated in numerous relevant European projects, including Move-Me, ExplOERer and MAGICC (Multilingual and Multicultural Academic Communication Skills).
The University of Bucharest (UB) Romania (30,000 students) has a long experience in European Projects and is the largest University in Romania. As published in Special Eurobarometer 386, after Belgium, the European country where the French language is the best second language to study is Romania. In fact, Romania is in Europe the country with the highest number of students of French and of French speakers and a large number of university students complete their studies in France. The Department of Distance Education CREDIS offers a form of distance education characterized by the use of specific electronic, computer and communication resources, through Google Apps platforms, Classroom Automation. Tutoring activities integrate self-learning and self-assessment activities. CREDIS specialists have proven skills in creating online lessons for various disciplines.
The University of Leon (ULE) Spain (13.000 students) is a founding member of the Santander Group and the Compostela Group of Universities. ULE is involved in researching online teaching such as the EVALUATE and EVOLVE (Erasmus+ projects under development). Its school for Professional Development offers online courses on new teaching technologies. The ULE also runs teaching innovation projects focused on distance learning, which involve designing peer strategies to assess generic skills in college students using Moodle. Furthermore, ULE offers distance language teaching through the platform Tell me more and Virtual Classroom Spanish Institute Cervantes.
The University of Alicante (UA) Spain (20,000 students) has been very successful in Training and Capacity Building programmes such as Lifelong Learning, Erasmus+ as well as Edulink, Tempus and Alfa programmes, involving partners in more than 80 countries worldwide. The previous experience on MOOCs and NOOCs is extensive (see: https://uaedf.ua.es/#MOOC and https://web.ua.es/es/ice/moocs-noocs/mooc-y-nooc.html). The MOOCs at the UA also include the collaboration with the courses of UNIMOOC (https://unimooc.ua.es/) with more than 60.000 students, and collaboration with Google. The UA also has experience with Miriada and other MOOC platforms.
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