Read the license!

Read the license!

Photo credit: flickr user Eden, Janine and Jim  From the editor: COERLL advocates for the use of Creative Commons (CC) licenses over copyright wherever possible. But in either case, it is essential that users always look for the CC or the © on the work they use and distribute, and understand what … [Continue reading...]

Searching for open authentic resources online

Searching for open authentic resources online

Image credit: COERLL Authentic resources are essential for language teaching and when they are open – by carrying a Creative Commons or other open license, as opposed to a copyright – they present even more opportunities. On a practical level, if anything you do with copyrighted material ever … [Continue reading...]

Student authored textbooks… in the language classroom?

Student authored textbooks… in the language classroom?

As more language teachers discuss ditching the textbook, the open education community is discussing another way to address outdated, incomplete, and impersonal books: student authored textbooks. When a teacher asks their students to write their own textbook, the teacher is a guide for actively … [Continue reading...]

Plunge into a text with social reading

Plunge into a text with social reading

Photo credit (left): flickr user Jake Macabre  Photo credit (middle): COERLL  Photo credit (right): Deutsche Fototek  COERLL recently made the social reading tool eComma available for users of Learning Management Systems (LMS). In eComma, a group of students can annotate the same text together … [Continue reading...]

OER: Flexible materials for flexible learners

OER: Flexible materials for flexible learners

Photo credit: flickr user Daniel Garcia Neto  From the editor: We recently heard from Bret Chernoff, an independent learner who has been using various Portuguese learning products on COERLL’s Brazilpod portal. Bret shows how a flexible language learner can use open educational resources (OER) to … [Continue reading...]

Sharing opens up new possibilities

Sharing opens up new possibilities

Photo credit: flickr user Hoffnungsschimmer  Here at COERLL we have always worked on projects with small teams of professors or teachers to create openly licensed language teaching materials (textbooks, activities, lessons, etc.) that we share with teachers. However, some of our new projects follow … [Continue reading...]