Monday, November 2, 2009

PL 65/09: Plan for Erasmus Mundus

Filed under: Uncategorized — plinius @ 9:40 am

globeA group of five Erasmus Mundus students at Akershus University College will be working as interns with LATINA/lab in November.

In this project the interns will work on the development of teaching materials in English – as well as on translations into Spanish, Polish and French – for the LATINA summer school. This includes the development of a course module for a training course in evidence-based advocacy based on library statistics.

As an introduction, I’ve summarized the project setting:

Learning and Teaching in a Digital World is

  • an adult education concept
  • aimed at students and teachers throughout the world
  • to support their passage from the industrial to the digital economy
  • by intensive practical exposure
  • to digital forms of teaching, learning and production
  • in a well-designed learning environment
  • that combines appropriate technical resources
  • with a strong and supportive social atmosphere

The project itself is developed through

  • a development oriented workshop – the LATINA/lab – located at the OUC Learning Centre
  • an annual LATINA Summer course, as part of the Oslo University College Summer School (2008-)
  • other courses based on the LATINA model during the terms (LATINA Spring 2009, Museum course Autumn 2009)
  • a five-year “professional doctorate” program (half speed) for librarians
  • other training or trainee programs
  • international courses (Finland 2010, Botswana 2011)
  • collaboration with institutions in China and Poland

The Global Statistics for Advocacy sub-project is

  • a training program
  • aimed at library associations throughout the world
  • to develop their ability to “argue with numbers”
  • vis-a-vis politicians, publics, and administrations
  • in order to promote the development
  • of public, school, and academic libraries
  • by demonstrating the social, economic and cultural value of their services

The project itself will be developed through

  • a multilingual project blog (GLOSSA)
  • an set of web-based open educational resources (OER)
  • a twelve person expert meeting in the Hague on December 8-10
  • a pilot course planned for Poland in the spring 2010
    • materials in English and Polish
  • a one-day module at the LATINA Summer course 2010
    • materials in English, Spanish, French and Polish (?)
  • a full-day workshop with five parallell courses planned for the main IFLA conference in Gothenburg in August 2010
    • materials in English, Spanish and French (?)


The aim of the internship period is

  • To participate in ongoing development projects (LATINA, GLOSSA, …) as producers
  • To learn to work in the “LATINA mode”
    • systematic use of cloud-based digital tools
    • value-added reuse
    • rapid publication (early beta)
    • group oriented
    • process oriented
  • To get an understanding of how such projects emerge and develop – including the different interests that surround them
  • To reflect on, share reflections on and document what they are learning through the work of translation and realted tasks


A more detailed work plan – as of Nov. 3, 2009 – is here.


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