Wednesday, June 12, 2013

3DLES partner in European TILA project

TILA welcome area in OpenSim
This year 3DLES teamed up as a technical and educational partner in the European TILA project. This project aims to improve the quality of foreign language teaching and learning processes by means of meaningful telecollaboration among peers: that is the aim of the European project Telecollaboration for Intercultural Language Acquisition (TILA). The project is funded by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme and will run from January 2013 to 2015.

What does 3DLES do? 
3DLES takes care of the technical department. Installing and running OpenSim on a dedicated server, the website and Moodle, Big Blue Button teleconferencing software, etc. But we also build and script new tools and regions in OpenSim and take care of educating teachers to work with these environments.

TILA project Objectives
The TILA project seeks:
  1. to innovate and enrich language teaching programmes at secondary schools and make them more motivating and effective by stimulating telecollaboration for intercultural awareness with peers of other cultures;
     
  2. to empower language teachers and teacher trainers and contribute to the development of their ICT literacy skills and organisational, pedagogical and intercultural competences for telecollaboration, by promoting experiential learning in telecollaboration tasks development, implementation and evaluation;
     
  3. to study the possible added value telecollaboration might have in language learning for intercultural understanding of younger learners.
More information about this project can be found at tilaproject.eu 

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