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The effectiveness of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Mass Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can be seriously undermined by lack of open access to original academic research. Copyright restrictions and subscription fees mean that most research is completely unavailable to those who are not staff or students at a university, or who work in institutions or countries where financial resources are very limited. At best, those with limited access to original research are forced to rely on the summaries and interpretations of others. This presentation showcases YazikOpen.org.uk a portal for open access research into the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages. The portal catalogues language teaching research published in open access journals or on open websites. This research is available to anybody, anywhere in the world with access to the internet without viewing or subscription fees.open access logo Those teaching on courses relating to language teaching (e.g. TEFL, Applied Linguistics, Teaching Training etc.), whether face-to-face or online, can search YazikOpen to identify course readings which will be available to all students, irrespective of institution, geographical location or access to financial resources. Open access also means that original research is accessible to practitioners such as schoolteachers, Teachers of English as a Second/ Foreign Language, teachers at language clubs and teachers of languages in the community. Bringing down access barriers also means that practitioners and other interested parties can engage in debates and publish their own research with fewer disadvantages. The presentation will also explore the wider discussions currently taking place about open access from the ethical as well as the financial and organisational perspectives. Open access to research is also crucial in ensuring that MOOCs are genuinely open and inclusive and do not perpetrate the current privileges of students and staff in well-resourced institutions.
The Association Infographic is a dynamic learning object which illustrates the relationship between the higher education researcher and the scholarly professional associations. It also links together relevant peer-support communities for graduate and PhD students, postdocs, and early career researchers. An attached PDF document lists key organisations in a particular field (literature & modernist studies) together with details of the forthcoming meetings and annual conventions, and links to the association websites.
Yazikopen is a portal linking to open access research into teaching and learning modern foreign languages.
Powerpoint presentation and link to abstract of the peer-reviewed paper Piloting Employer Engagement in OERs Repositories: A new approach to curricular employability in HE; This paper was presented in the apt2012 Employer Engagement in a Digital Age Conference at the University of Greenwich on the 4th of July. It outlines some of the research findings of the second part of the SCORE OU-funded project "Review and Endorsement of OERs by Graduate-Recruiting Employers "in HumBox"
This bibliography is taken from a session I teach on the MA Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching at the University of Southampton. The session introduces students to researching motivation in language learning.
A flyer for the Open Access Language Teaching research database YazikOpen.
This is a PowerPoint presentation and handout on writing an academic book review. It has been developed for use with postgraduate students undertaking research training.
Photographs showing aspects of Humanities postgraduate research students being interviewed. Resource includes a zip file containing all sixteen (16) images.
This learning unit is the first of nine in a first year module entitled 'Academic Research'. The unit is intended for delivery through a VLE and consists of a section containing 'Reading Material' about academic research (note-taking, browsing indexes,drawing up bibliographies etc) followed by two unit assignments: one for literature students and one for language and/or linguistics students.