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Title: Developing a Sustainable Online Platform for Language Learning across Europe
Authors: Mikroyannidis, Alexander
Perifanou, Maria
Economides, Anastasios A.
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Educational sciences::Education, general (including: training, pedagogy,didactics)
FRASCATI::Humanities::Languages and Literature
FRASCATI::Social sciences::Media and communications::Information science (social aspects)
FRASCATI::Social sciences::Media and communications::Media and socio-cultural communication
FRASCATI::Natural sciences::Computer and information sciences
Keywords: computer-assisted language learning
open educational resources
language open educational resources
language OER
OpenLang Network platform
language teaching
language learning
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: MDPI
Source: Computers
Volume: 12
Issue: 7
First Page: 140
Volume Title: Recent Advances in Computer-Assisted Learning
Abstract: In this paper, we present a sustainable approach for addressing the language skills gap among EU citizens, which significantly hinders their mobility across the EU and their participation in education, in training, as well as in youth programmes. Our approach is based on the sustainable design of the OpenLang Network platform, which provides an open and collaborative online learning environment for language learners and teachers across Europe, and addresses the limitations of existing computer-assisted language learning approaches. The OpenLang Network platform is bringing together educators and Erasmus+ mobility participants to improve their language skills and cultural knowledge. To this end, the OpenLang Network platform offers a collection of multilingual Open Educational Resources and language learning services. The paper presents the results from the user evaluation of the platform, which has been conducted with members of its community of language teachers and learners. A mixed methods approach has been adopted in order to collect and analyse both qualitative and quantitative data from users about the sustainable design of the OpenLang Network platform, as well as to measure the user satisfaction levels of the platform’s language learning services. According to the user evaluation results, the platform offers a sustainable online environment and a positive user experience for language learning. The user evaluation has also helped us identify a set of best practices and challenges associated with the long-term sustainability of an online language learning community.
ISSN: 2073-431X
Other Identifiers: 10.3390/computers12070140
Appears in Collections:Department of Economics

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