"The Department of Languages at the British Open University is planning the OT12 MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course on Open Translation tools and practices. Our pilot will run from 15th October to 7 December 2012 (8 weeks), with the accompanying course website opening on Oct 10th 2012. If you and/or your students are interested in taking part, go to the "Get involved" tab on the following site: http://www.ot12.org/
Not sure what this is all about?
Well, MOOCs are free online courses, open to anybody and everybody anywhere in the world. They usually bring together large numbers of learners and instructors across a common field of knowledge. Whilst MOOCs provide weekly topics, activities, discussions and resources, learners actively engage in all aspects of the experience, sharing ideas in forums, undertaking collaborative or reflective activities, and using a variety of social media.
Open Translation tools and practices
Open Translation practices rely on crowd sourcing, and are used for translating open resources such as TED talks and Wikipedia articles, and also in global blogging and citizen media projects such as Global Voices [http://globalvoicesonline.org/].
There are many tools to support Open Translation practices, from Google translation tools [http://translate.google.com/] to online dictionaries like Wordreference [http://www.wordreference.com/], or translation workflow tools like Transifex [https://www.transifex.com/].
Some of these will be explored in the OT12 MOOC.
Bridge to success (B2S) ... in more than one language!
The content with which we are going to engage (translations into Spanish and potentially also other languages), includes the highly successful B2S modules available in the free OpenLearn Labspace:
1) Learning to Learn http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=7442
2) Success with Math http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=7654
We will also engage in captioning and subtitling activities using a variety of videos in English and Spanish.
Intrigued? Well then, come and join us this autumn!
The project team
Tita Beaven, Anna Comas-Quinn, Mirjam Hauck and Tim Lewis from the Department of Languages at the OU/UK