The E-Toolkit for Language Teachers and Trainers is a part of the OPENLang Network that is a project under Erasmus KA2 .
The OPENLang Network addresses the needs for linguistic skills and culture awareness of Erasmus+ KA1 mobility participants and the training needs for OERs of language teachers:
Erasmus+ KA1 mobility participants (HE students & staff, VET , Adult & School education staff, Youth learners, Youth Workers, Youth Entrepreneurs) that need to boost their language skills (24 EU) and cultural awareness including those who will not enroll in the OLS courses.
Volunteers language teachers who will support the Erasmus+ KA1 mobility participants offering their professional experience while receiving professional certified training on the creation, sharing and use of language OERs.
The E-Toolkit is a complete step by step guideline containing all the core elements for the creation, use and sharing of quality multilingual and interactive OERs for Language education.
The OpenLang Network
The OPENLang Network - Open European Languages And Cultures Network (2018-2021) is funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme, KA2 - Strategic Partnership in the field of Higher Education.
The OPENLang Network aims specifically at developing 'The OPENLang Network', which envisages to connect all the Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility Participants (HE students and staff, VET (at least 1 month mobility), Adult and School education staff, Youth learners, Youth Workers, Youth Entrepreneurs) in an OPEN informal and highly interactive online environment which could support more efficiently their effort to develop their language skills of the target mobility EU languages. This platform offers a variety of online services not only to language learners, but also to language teachers who will be able to broaden their professional network and to acquire new knowledge and skills related to the creation, use and sharing of language OER as well as open licensing.
The OPENLang Network project is carried out by a transnational consortium composed by 4 partners:
1) The University of Macedonia, UoM (Thessaloniki, Greece)
The University of Macedonia (UOM) is a well-known university both inside and outside of Greece. Education and research covers a broad spectrum, from economic sciences, political studies and business administration to information systems and applied informatics. UOM has an outstanding range of facilities, services and infrastructure to support its vibrant research community. The Research Committee of the university is formed of a group of specialized administrative personnel whose contractual obligations include the supporting of research projects. The Smart Mobile Interactive Learning Environments (SMILE) Laboratory has as a mission the Development and Training in the area of Mobile Learning. Professor Anastasios A. Economides, the director of SMILE, leads the e-Learning research group that consists of 5 post-doctoral researchers, and several Ph.D. and M.Sc. students.
2) The Open University of UK, OU (Milton Keynes, UK)
The Open University (OU) is the UK’s largest university, with 250,000 students per year studying its courses. This number comprises 22% of all part-time higher education students in the UK. The OU is leading the FutureLearn initiative aiming at delivering high quality MOOCs from a network of renowned UK universities. The OU offers a wide variety of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and opportunities to study these resources collaboratively online through projects such as OpenLearn. The OU is also one of the top global contributors of learning materials in iTunes U and a co-producer of popular BBC programmes.
3) The Cyprus University of Technology, CUT (Limassol, Cyprus)
Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) is a public university that targets high values concerning the design and development of research activities, both within the University and in cooperation with other research institutes in Cyprus and abroad. CUT has been ranked by the Times Higher Education among the top 400-500 universities in the world and among the 200-250 in Europe. In particular, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, CUT is the youngest university in the list of top universities in Europe an achievement that highlights the emerging, dynamic and innovative nature of CUT. CUT aims at transferring knowledge and setting new grounds through fundamental and applied research in all academic fields of the University’s faculties.
4) PIXEL (Florence, Italy)
Pixel is an international education and training institution with 19 years of experience in international cooperation and European project management. Established in Florence (Italy) in January 1999, Pixel is engaged in a constant improvement in the quality of the services performed. Pixel obtained quality certification according to UNI EN ISO 9001. Pixel is also accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education and by the Tuscany Regional Government.