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The 12 Apps of Christmas

12 Apps

Students and staff with an interest in the uses of mobile technologies for learning and teaching may be interested in registering for the award winning 12-day online project, The 12 Apps of Christmas, which is now back for its third year. This initiative focuses on exploring 12 mobile apps, which can help students to personalise their learning and educators to support them to do so. Participants are introduced to a different app each day, over 12 weekdays (for approximately 12 minutes a day), starting on 1st December 2016. This year, the course is a collaborative effort and educators from Ireland, UK and America have come together to produce 12 case studies, each showcasing a different mobile app with descriptions of how they have integrated it into their own learning, teaching and assessment practices.

Find out more and register on The 12 Apps of Christmas website. You can also tweet any questions using the hashtag #12appsDIT.

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eLearning Symposium – Humans and the machine

LLAS

The 11th LLAS eLearning Symposium was held on January 21-22 at the University of Southampton. The Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) is part of Modern Languages at Southampton, and this annual event has become an established fixture for the language-teaching community to come together and share their work. Read more…

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Registration now open for LLAS 11th eLearning symposium 2016

eLearning Symposium

Registration is now open for the LLAS 11th eLearning Symposium 2016 which will be held at Avenue Campus, University of Southampton on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd January 2016.

For information on keynote speakers, the range of topics to be covered in presentations and workshops, and for details on how to register, visit the event page on the LLAS website.

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Third run of Modern Languages’ MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ a success

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

Modern Languages’ MOOC ‘Understanding Language: learning and teaching’ has just completed its third run. 44,284 learners participated in the course, bringing the total number of learners who have signed up for the MOOC to 145,041.

This run of the MOOC included a live session led by Professor Jennifer Jenkins, Dr Will Baker and Dr Ying Wang from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. The session was lively and learners challenged and tested the team’s ideas on ELF and Global Englishes.

The course will run again in 2016 with dates to be confirmed. Visit the FutureLearn course page for updates.

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The 12 Apps of Christmas

12 Apps

Students and staff may be interested in registering for the award winning 12 day online project from the Dublin Institute of Technology, The 12 Apps of Christmas. The initiative focuses on exploring 12 mobile apps, which can help students to personalise their learning and educators to support them to do so. Participants are introduced to a different app each day, over 12 weekdays (for approximately 12 minutes a day), starting on 1st December.

The content is accessible either online or via a purpose-built app. Further details on the project, including the registration form, can be found on The 12 Apps of Christmas website.

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University of Southampton 11th annual e-learning symposium 2016: Call for contributions

Do you make innovative use of technology in language teaching and learning? Have you been experimenting with MOOCs and wish to share your experiences? Do you use social networking sites, virtual worlds or mobile technology with your language students? Are you engaging students in the creation or use of open educational resources?

The Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies (LLAS) welcomes proposals for presentations, workshops and posters at the University of Southampton 11th annual e-learning symposium, taking place on 21-22 January 2016 at the University’s Avenue Campus. The conference theme is: Humans and the machine: best practice in using technology for language teaching. Abstracts for proposed presentations or workshops should be no more than 400 words. Abstracts must be submitted by Monday 12th October 2015 via this i-survey link.

For further details about the e-learning symposium 2016, visit the LLAS event page.

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Technology to the rescue for students on their year abroad?

The Education Guardian recently reported on how technology is changing foreign study for students on their year abroad. Relating students’ personal stories, the article describes how the support of technologies such as Skype, Facebook and students’ smartphones whilst abroad has helped them to sort out a range out everyday language problems and combat occasional bouts of loneliness. However, it acknowledges that technology does not save students from the usual pitfalls and embarrassing moments encountered during their stay abroad.

To read the full article, visit the Education Guardian website.

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Next iPad Coffee Club

Modern Languages staff and students with an interest in technology enhanced teaching and learning may be interested in joining the next iPad coffee club, taking place at Avenue Campus on Wednesday 10th June at 10am, on the sofas near reception, outside Avenue café.

This is an informal event supported by the Institute for Learning Innovation and Development, providing an informal forum for staff and students to discuss a range of learning and teaching resources available via tablet devices.

To read about previous iPad Coffee Club sessions, visit the CITE website.

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ICT and Languages Conference a success!

Last weekend’s ICT and Languages Conference 2015, hosted by the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) team at the University of Southampton on 28th February and 1st March was a great success! The conference, aimed at teachers of languages in schools, focused on technology and pedagogy of language teaching in primary and secondary schools, and attracted 60 delegates from around the country. This is the fifth annual conference on this topic to be held at Southampton.

For further details about this conference, visit the Languages Southeast website.

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Recorded sessions now available from 10th LLAS e-learning symposium

Sessions from last week’s successful 10th anniversary LLAS e-learning symposium are now available online. Speakers presented on a range of topics from mobile learning, to Twitter for Italian, online interpreting, screencasting for pronunciation, open educational practice, e-portfolios, blended tandem learning, MOOCs and much more. Read more…

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