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DigiLing: Trans-European e-Learning Hub for Digital Linguistics
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  ONGOING 

DigiLing will create a transnational e-learning hub for Digital Linguistics containing online core modules covering the essential skills and competencies as identified through the labour market survey. Digital Linguistics is a new interdisciplinary field which develops knowledge and skills for understanding, processing and exploiting language content in the digital era. Currently no European university offers a curriculum in this field, although preliminary needs analyses among employers reveal its enormous potential. The DigiLing objectives and the activities planned to achieve them are as follows:1. Create an internationally approved model curriculum for Digital Linguistics by combining existing and new courses. This output will be achieved by conducting a trans-European survey among employers and end-users about the skills and competencies of future graduates and identifying gaps in existing curricula.2. Train the teachers in relevant disciplines in the use of authoring tools and in the design of high quality online learning materials. This will be achieved through a face-to-face workshop for HE staff in e-authoring.3. Design online courses for selected modules; localize, evaluate, test and implement. Courses will be designed in compliance with open e-learning standards (SCORM, TinCan API), will promote inclusion by being fully localized into 6 European languages (languages of the partner countries + International Sign language for audiovisual contents) and by being accessible to special needs students. Courses will be cross-evaluated by partners (teachers and students), participants of the DigiLing summer school and national ECTS accreditation bodies.4. Disseminate and sustain. DigiLing results will be publicized to a broad network of stakeholders, the widest academic community and the public at large including special needs students. Short- and medium-run sustainability will be achieved by using existing and acknowledged platforms for our DigiLing hub: the international CLARIN network and the University of Ljubljana infrastructural centre of Language Resources and Technologies (CJVT). Medium- and long-run sustainability will be achieved through national accreditation of online courses and the curriculum.The project directly targets an estimated audience of 2000 people, with potential benefit for many more: - students of partner universities studying or planning to study at any language- or IT-related study programme, including (General or Applied) Linguistics, (General or Specialised) Translation, Intercultural Communication, Natural Language Engineering or Processing, Information Technologies, Informatics, Computer Science and similar,- teachers and researchers of partner universities in the relevant fields,- companies, organisations, public institutions and other users of digital language services. The proposed network brings innovation into HE development by connecting 5 prominent EU universities and a leading enterprise for language solutions into a network with the joint purpose of building a new Digital Linguistics e-learning hub. The project results will have the following impact:- At the local, regional and national levels we improve digital skills of HE teachers and students, promote intercultural understanding and offer solutions for an increasingly multilingual society, including lesser-resourced languaged. We offer solutions for better inclusion by providing open multilingual e-learning courses with language support for special needs students. We address the quality of HE by building an international network of excellence and promoting (real and virtual) mobility, by using multi-tiered evaluation of teaching and learning, and by creating an entrepreneurial environment through our industrial partner and the network of stakeholders.- At the national, international and EU levels we contribute to the strategic goals as described in the Opening Up Education, Modernisation Agenda, ET2020, the Paris declaration and other strategic documents.
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