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The Quill project was presented in a number of events in order to report about the activities carried out and the results achieved.
Quality in Language Learning (QuILL): Opportunities and Challenges of Digital Solutions in Higher Education Language Courses

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Date of the Conference


Place of the Conference

Bologna, Forlì (online)


The conference is the final event of the European Commission funded project QuILL (Quality in Language Learning) on the part of the University of Bologna. The alma Mater Studiorum is one of the six cooperation partners of the project. The scientific leadership of the project is provided by the University of Braganca (Portugal).

University professors as well as students, but also policy makers and other academics, teachers etc. interested in the topic of digital tools for and in foreign language teaching are invited.

The first keynote speaker, Eva Gredel (University of Duisburg-Essen; Germany) will propose to systematically consider the development of learners' digital literacy in the teaching and learning of foreign languages. Using the example of multilingual Wikipedia corpora, it will be discussed how these corpora containing computer-mediated communication (CMC) data can be used as open educational resources for this purpose. The second keynote speaker, Lorenzo Angeli (University of Trento; Italy), will describe the unique interpersonal dynamics typical of digitalized learning spaces; and exploring conflicting intents in the design of educational technologies and resources. If it's true that a cornerstone of 21st century learning is the skill of "knowledge assessment", or in other words that of critical thinking, then a deconstructory analysis of digital learning spaces can be instrumental in rethinking the present and future of learning. After the keynote speeches, the scientific coordinator of the European project QuILL-Quality in language learning, Elisabete Mendes Silva (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal) will introduce the QuILL-Projects in general, its aims and results, before the QuILL team of the University of Bologna will present the results in particular, for which they were responsible. Anna Zingaro intervention will first introduce the Unibo team, its three working languages and its members. Subsequently, a very brief description of the contents produced by the team for each of the three general intellectual outputs (IO1, IO2, IO3). The paper of Luisa Bavieri describes how Open Educational Resources (OER) quality and its assessment was addressed in the QuILL Project and illustrates the technical and pedagogical criteria and indicators which were envisaged to select the resources present in the database. Some examples of resources selection and assessment are provided for the Italian language. Sanna Maria Martin will shortly discuss available Digital Teaching Resources for less used languages such as Finnish and the challenges of languages not widely represented in the OER field. It will then conclude with some examples of Finnish resources and their use as alternative or as an integration to classroom teaching approaches. The contribution of Marina Artese examines opportunities related to the use of digital technologies-based teaching resources in Higher Education language courses, and the integration of media-based, digital solutions in university language programmes. Examples of digital resources, such as websites, social media, and apps, that can increase LSP teaching effectiveness and attractiveness will also be presented. Jürgen Ferner will present the Operative Tool 3, which is intended as a vademecum covering some important aspects of designing a digitally supported language course. It is aimed at teachers who are just gaining their first teaching experience, but also at experienced teachers who may be inspired to rethink one or another aspect of the content presented. Finally, Paola Polselli and Teresa Quarta will present a range of examples in different languages from the QuILL project’s database, we illustrate key aspects of language education using podcasts and discuss the specific operative tool proposed to improve lecturers’ and students’ spoken language awareness and competence. The event will be concluded by two statements of Dr. Giovanna Maria Tassinari (Freie Univeristy of Berlin; Germany) and Dr. Miriam Leibbrand (University of Leipzig; Germany).

The event pursues several goals at once: On the one hand, it aims to present the QuILL project in general and the results obtained by the University of Bologna in particular. The event sees itself as a multiplier event, which should disseminate the final result of the project and make results digitally accessible to a large group of potential end users.


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