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Tuesday, October 19 • 9:30am - 9:40am
Co-creation of OERs for Foreign Language Acquisition: A Case study on Goa, India

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Foreign languages are incorporated in the schooling system in non-native, multilingual and multicultural countries like India. To meet the needs of the learners, there are a multitude of textbooks and accompanying resources published in the country. Some textbooks are published by autonomous bodies in India and are accessible through their websites and national repositories. But the majority of the textbooks that are in use are published by independent publishing houses and they retain all copyright.

The present Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing disruption in traditional classroom style of teaching, has made the education community acutely aware of the dire requirement for content that is free to reuse and adapt, content that is contextualised for the Indian learners, and content that is visually appealing and available in various formats to bridge the digital divide in the country.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training, Ministry of Education, Government of India has doubled down on efforts to support teachers and students through various initiatives. One such initiative is the creation of Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing Portal (DIKSHA). The content that is housed on this portal ranges from lesson plans to e-copies of textbooks, interactive exercises and other multimedia resources and would be accessible to teachers and students across the country. The portal accepts contributions from various stakeholders.

This presentation highlights the various strategies used by the teams of teachers to co-curate and co-create OER materials. Due to the pandemic, the team members work remotely using a blend of tools for synchronous and asynchronous communication. Various strategies are used by the curation and creation teams to design content that is contextualised, inclusive and accessible to students with and without devices. There is a rigorous review process at various levels before the content is uploaded on the portal. The presentation also brings to the fore the perceptions of various stakeholders on collaborative curation and creation of OERs, barriers, incentives, and benefits to using OERs. 

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Discover strategies used by teams working remotely to curate and create OERs, 
  • Identify challenges faced by teams to contextualise OERs for learners of a foreign language in a non-native context

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Natasha Maria Gomes

Assistant Professor, Goa University

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Tuesday October 19, 2021 9:30am - 9:40am EDT
Room E