Each year, thanks to the Erasmus programme, thousands of students in Europe take part of their studies in another country using a second language they know with a proficiency level B1 / B2. As many studies on the subject have shown, and as the analysis of the needs of students on the move conducted in partner universities has confirmed, skills needed for using common and general language differ from the skills and knowledge required for communication in academic contexts. This can have a negative effect on the completion of a cycle of study and on learners’ ability to improve language skills in the long term, impeding them in their quest to achieve high levels of multilingualism.
The project MOOC2move therefore aims at creating a learning path, which will facilitate the development of linguistic fluency in academic contexts, supporting the student in acquiring this fluency by proposing methods and support in applying these methods. The "learning how to learn" approach is assumed to be both multidisciplinary (the project will concentrate on methods which can be applied in many domains, like note-taking, performing a short oral presentation supported by slides, interpreting figures, writing a summary, etc.), and more effective than just giving exercises.
The project will centre on the production of two MOOCs (1 for Spanish, 1 for French) in order to make it accessible to the largest number of students on the move. They will be designed for self-study, to make them accessible even while attending other language courses or while studying abroad. The development of language skills will take place together with the acquisition of the ability to learn how to learn. This will allow students to acquire greater autonomy in learning, which in turn leads to better results and lays the foundation for lifelong learning of other languages.
The project will concentrate on French and Spanish languages. Each MOOC will consist of 6 modules, oriented more towards academic communication and interaction than to master the formal aspects of the language, and centred on achieving the following objectives:
- Achieving awareness of the language learning process and knowing how to use effective learning strategies;
- Becoming conscious of the various registers which exist in any language, and which vary according to the situation of communication;
- Developing comprehension strategies in the domain of oral academic discourse (for example lectures); becoming aware of the role of note-taking;
- Developing comprehension strategies of written expository texts relating to academic disciplines;
- Learning how to use electronic media and tools to enhance production of oral expository texts relating to academic disciplines;
- Learning how to use online translators and online searches wisely to enhance production of written texts in the domain of academic disciplines. Becoming aware of the risks of plagiarism, and of the limits of automatic translation.
The modules will include multimedia material and downloadable documents, activities to be performed online with self-correction, and a verification test at the end of each module. Students will be able to combine individual work with collective activities, using the tools MOOCs offer, i.e. self-correcting quizzes, discussion forums and peer evaluation.
- Planning, creation and development of two MOOCs respectively for French and Spanish implemented on the FUN-MOOC and FutureLearn platforms;
- Creation of Open Educational Resources (OERs) that support autonomous and independent learning;
- Designing a pedagogical guide explaining carefully how to integrate the MOOC and the OER into a pedagogic learning path;
- Planning, creation and development of a portal which will host all OERs created during the project;
- Pilot Phase (delivery and evaluation of the two MOOCs);
- Evaluation and creation of monitoring tools;
- Impact and dissemination actions based on events and different tools (paper, video, newsletters, web-articles in periodic national/international, social media, inserting links in websites).
- Development of an innovative approach to learning languages for academic contexts;
- Creation of tools to support the development of specialised communication skills aimed at students in mobility programs;
- Validation of this approach in national and international academic settings;
- Creation of high-quality open access language teaching resources;
- Creation of a network where people can share and learn from each other using the resources made available through the project;
- Improvement of the skills, knowledge, experience necessary for creating OERs for language learning;
- Improvement of language skills of the thousands of people who will follow the two courses;
- Increasing awareness of the benefits of "open education" in Europe. The project will examine the potential of MOOCs (courses and communities) for breaking down technological barriers, allowing access to learning for people with special needs or at risk of exclusion;
- Possibility for the teachers of the target languages to manage language-learning scenarios based on the OERs provided on the project portal which will have the function of an integrated and customizable learning environment;
- Demonstrations carried out in international Conferences organized in centres of excellence in some European countries.