Evaluating the efficacy of the digital commons for scaling data-driven learning
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AbstractThis chapter presents the open-source FLAX project (Flexible Language Acquisition, flax.nzdl.org), an automated digital library scheme, which has developed and tested an extraction method that identifies typical lexico-grammatical features of any word or phrase in a corpus for data-driven learning. Here in this study, FLAX will be described and discussed in relation to the reuse of openly licensed content available in the digital commons. Typically, the digital commons involves the creation and distribution of informational resources and technologies that have been designed to stay in the digital commons using various open licenses, including the GNU Public License and the Creative Commons suite of licenses (Wikipedia, 2016; see also the chapter by Stranger-Johannessen, this volume). One of the most widely used informational resources developed by and for the digital commons is Wikipedia. In response to the growing digital commons, we will provide insights into design considerations for the reuse of transcribed video lectures from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that have been licensed with Creative Commons as Open Educational Resources (OERs). We will demonstrate how OERs can be remixed with open corpora and tools in the FLAX system to support English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) in classroom-based language education contexts.
Fitzgerald, Alannah <http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/view/creators/Fitzgerald=3AAlannah=3A=3A.html> and Marin, Maria Jose <http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/view/creators/Marin=3AMaria_Jose=3A=3A.html> and Wu, Shaoqun <http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/view/creators/Wu=3AShaoqun=3A=3A.html> and Witten, Ian <http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/view/creators/Witten=3AIan=3A=3A.html> (2017) Evaluating the efficacy of the digital commons for scaling data-driven learning. In: Digital Language Learning and Teaching: Research, Theory and Practice. Global Research on Teaching and Learning English Series. . Routledge, Taylor & Francis., pp. 38-51. ISBN 1138696803