Wales is a bi-lingual nation and Wales’ universities are committed to producing a wide range of materials available in both English and Welsh. As part of an all Wales initiative, one of the initial resources created jointly by UniversitiesWales was the Student Survival Guide, aimed at students moving from A-Level provision into University. This resource comprised a Short Massive Open Online Course (sMOOC) with a requirement for that resource to be available both in English and Welsh. Several small pilot groups were engaged, among both first year university and A-Level students.
This presentation will briefly look at the results from one of those pilot groups, with A-Level students at a Welsh Language Secondary school. It will consider aspects of the teaching and learning relating to these bilingual students.
The presentation will demonstrate how the team used the Multi-Language features of Moodle to enhance the resource for users in different languages. It will then consider both the implementation within the VLE and the external factors, such as translation and ongoing development and maintenance of the content, that were required to produce the sMOOC including the difficulties encountered and addressed as well as the successes of the approach taken and how these lessons can be broadened to apply to other OER resources.
The presentation will consider how the pilot groups were organised and the aims and objectives of the sessions run with the student users. It will consider the feedback from one specific targeted group from a Welsh Medium Secondary School north of Cardiff and how that feedback informed the further development of the resource before its release during the summer. Attendees will get an insight into the views of a group of bi-lingual learners to the use of bi-lingual resources in this OER environment and how that can be used to shape the development of the resources in the future. The presentation will look at how the student’s choice of language affects the teaching and learning when presented with resources in multiple languages and the challenges this presents to the tutor and instructional designer.
Opportunity will be given to discuss the successes and difficulties experienced in the Multilanguage MOOC approach to creating these resources.
S.Horrocks (2015) – Developing a bilingual OER portal The case of OpenLearn Cymru (OER15 conference presentation)