CfP Fourth International Conference “MOOCs, Language Learning and Mobility” (Napoli, 9-10 ottobre 2020) – scadenza per l’invio delle proposte: 10 maggio 2020

Conference announcement

The Federazione Nazionale Insegnanti Centro di iniziativa per l’Europa (FENICE) (IT) in collaboration with the Universities of Grenoble Alpes (FR), Alicante (ES) and the Open University (UK), partners of the “LMOOCs for university students on the move” (Mooc2Move) project funded under the Erasmus + program, organizes the fourth international conference on MOOCs, Language Learning, and Mobility: design, integration, reuse

The Conference, realized in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism of the Municipality of Naples, will take place on 9 and 10 October 2020 in Naples in the halls of the Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (PAN), via dei Mille n. 60, Naples 80121 a few meters from the enchanting promenade of the city, near the Egg Castle, in an area rich in historical and artistic beauty, served by underground, restaurants and hotels.

This fourth international conference aims to bring together higher education professionals, CALL (Computer assisted language learning) and applied linguists and language technologists from around the world to debate issues relating to three topical areas of research, such as MOOCs, language teaching/learning and student mobility, by providing a forum for exchange of ideas, research outcomes and technical achievements.

About the Theme

The agendas of Higher Education Institutions around the world seek to move beyond widening access agendas and towards a deeper integration into all aspects of the educational experience. This involves creating a more inclusive teaching and learning environment that better enables all students and institutions to achieve a fuller cognitive, social, emotional, and professional development, while respecting their individual and group identities. An ever more accepted model is the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that has marked a milestone in the use of ICT for education. The potential and possibilities of MOOCs could be significant. However, they are not limited to global outreach: the same technology can be used to improve on-campus teaching and training inside companies and institutions.

Modern Europe is characterised by student and professional mobility. Whatever the reasons for moving into and within Europe—for example to take up studies, start a new profession, join one’s family, or seek refuge—proficiency in the language of the community in which the newly arrived live plays a key role in social and professional integration. The recent arrival of refugees and asylum seekers has added a further layer of mobility and has reinforced the challenge to develop pathways to integration for different groups of people. The increased mobility has posed significant challenges. Language testing and assessment has played a role in the way European states have responded to these challenges, with language tests being used in different ways for the procedures of governing mid-term residency, immigration and access to citizenship since the 1990s. This trend has also led to an on-going debate on the ethics, justification, fairness and usefulness of the role of using language tests in immigration, integration and mobility contexts.

Finally, students on mobility programmes usually have a B1/B2 level of language competence and they enrol in courses where they are required to negotiate the considerable difficulties of academic language and organize their learning activities autonomously and independently. However, competences necessary for everyday standard use of a language differ considerably from those required for communication in academic contexts.

The conference will explore three main phenomena:

  • MOOCs as a challenging model within the related fields of formal education, lifelong learning and non-formal training, its use in language learning and its impact worldwide;
  • innovation in language teaching and learning methodology in an increasingly multilingual society;
  • self-directed learning and the support MOOCs and other tools and resources (e.g. videos from YouTube) can provide to encourage it.

Who should attend?

  1. Representatives of the Ministry of Education, of the National Erasmus + Agency, of the European institutions, of the media (especially producers / authors / publishers of educational programs);
  2. representatives of the project target groups: university departments; foreign language teachers, private institutes offering FL courses, language teacher associations, educational associations, teacher training institutions; decision makers;
  3. promoters of successful international educational projects in the field of creativity in FL learning, language teaching experts, FL teachers with experience in innovative teaching methods, evaluation experts, Erasmus coordinators, students interested in taking advantage of an Erasmus grant in France or Spain.

Call for Papers (deadline: May 10, 2020)

We invite proposals including research-related papers, presentations of case studies and projects as well as posters on the subject of LMOOCs (Language MOOCs), including language learning and teaching with MOOCs; OER/OEP for language learning and teaching; MOOCs and student mobility; and initiatives and developments linked to these fields supported by European and national programmes.

We particularly encourage proposals on, but not limited to, the following areas related to the conference themes:

  1. MOOCs – design, learning, teaching, quality assurance, etc.
  2. OER / OEP for language learning and teaching
  3. Pedagogical approaches in language MOOCs
  4. MOOCs and OERs for language teachers: new tools for professional development
  5. LMOOCs and skills development
  6. MOOCs to support multilingualism and international Mobility
  7. LMOOCs and learners’ motivation and achievement
  8. Recognition and validation of language skills acquired through MOOCs
  9. Monitoring and evaluating of language learning with technologies
  10. Assessing students’ linguistic meta-competences in MOOCs
  11. Assessing LMOOCs
  12. Mobile-assisted language teaching and learning
  13. Informal language learning and technologies
  14. Virtual classrooms, eLearning, and ePortfolio
  15. Technologies and/or Multimedia for Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)
  16. Technologies and/or Multimedia for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

We invite to submit abstracts for a 20-minute presentation or a poster. The conference presentations and posters can be in English, French, Spanish or Italian.

Abstracts and papers submitted will be peer-reviewed by two independent reviewers based on originality, quality and suitability.

Our conference, held for the fourth time, represents an opportunity for both early career researchers and for consolidated scientists to present their work, which will reflect the results of research, not published before.

After completing the registration here, please read carefully the Presentation instructions before uploading your abstract (specifying whether it is a presentation or a poster), following the template provided by May 10, 2020.  The scientific committee will review each abstract and will provide a judgment on the presentation’s suitability for the conference. We will notify you by June 15, 2020 if it has been accepted. In this case, you will have to submit your full paper by October 31, 2020.

Responsibility for the content of each abstracts lies with the authors and the presentation abstracts (if accepted) will appear in the conference proceedings.

We will publish the papers (if accepted) as a collection in HAL (Hyper Articles en Ligne).

Calendar:

First call for papers:March 10, 2020
Second call for papers:April 20, 2020
Abstract Submission Deadline:May 10, 2020
Notification of Abstract Acceptance/Rejection:June 15, 2020
Mooc2Move International Conference:October 9 – 10, 2020
Final Paper Submission Deadline:October 31, 2020
Notification of Paper Acceptance/Rejection:January 9, 2021
Publication of the proceedings:March, 2021
Fenice.eu
Université Grenoble Alpes
The Open University
Universidad de Alicante

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