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Open tools for teaching and learning
corpora and eportfolios

This event took place on 11th July 2012

The use of open tools and resources is becoming widespread in higher education. In this session, two practical examples from outside the OU are brought together from the areas of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Thomas Strasser presents the use of the open source Mahara eportfolio and discusses its synergies with self-organised learning, creativity and personal and skills development. Alannah Fitzgerald discusses the possibilities of using corpus-based open educational resources for EAP and the implications, challenges and opportunities when contrasted with the use of traditionally published teaching materials.

10:00 Introduction Anna Comas-Quinn, OU Department of Languages

10:10 Thomas Strasse, Pädagogische Hochschule Wien University of Teacher Education, Vienna ‘Mighty Mahara!? The role of self-organized EFL-learning within the context of Mahara ePortfolio’

10:50 coffee & tea

11:00Alannah Fitzgerald, Durham University and Support Centre for Open Resources in Education (SCORE)‘Addressing Academic Literacies with Corpus-based Open Educational Resources’


If you have any queries about this event please contact Anna Comas-Quinn at

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10:10 am Thomas Strasse
11:00 am Alannah Fitzgerald