Hands-on workshop on Using LARA

WG3 & WG4 hands-on workshop on

Using LARA to build interactive CALL content

University of Trnava, Slovakia

 27-29 November 2019.

 

Deadline for registration is 25 September 2019

*Successful applicants will qualify for reimbursement

About the workshop

What is LARA? Its full name is the Learning and Reading Assistant (LARA) and it is an open source platform currently being developed by an international consortium that includes several people from enetCollect. LARA's purpose is to facilitate the process of transforming text into a hyperlinked form which supports non-native readers. Simple functionalities include attaching recorded audio or translations to words and phrases; a unique feature is the possibility of creating a personalized concordance based on the student's own reading progress. You can see LARA content in a variety of languages on the LARA examples page. Teachers in several countries are already using LARA content with their students for teaching different (foreign, second, archaic) languages.

For whom is LARA? We welcome teachers, developers, and in general anyone who is interested in learning how use LARA.

What will you learn? During this two-day workshop, we will show you how to construct and deploy your own LARA content. In line with the overall “crowdsourced content creation” goals of enetCollect, LARA is designed to be easy to use by people who don't have special software skills. You can do everything through a simple web interface, though it is also possible to download the tools and run them on your own machine. By the end of the workshop, we hope that everyone will have built a simple piece of LARA content themselves and feel confident that they understand the process. If you know Python, PHP, HTML, CSS or JavaScript and think you might be interested in contributing to the development of the open source platform, we will in parallel have an informal “advanced LARA” track, where we will look at the technical details and explain how to extend and customize LARA.

Guidelines

  • There are places for about 30 people, which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Motivation of max. 150 words (without references) to be sent to Branislav Bédi (brb19@hi.is) and Manny Rayner (Rayner@unige.ch) with subject line “LARA WORKSHOP 2019”.
  • (*)Successful applicants will be invited to the workshop and will qualify for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses according to the COST rules.
  • Deadline for submission is 25thSeptember 2019.
  • Notification of acceptance is 30thSeptember 2019.
  • Further information about accommodation and travel will be sent with notification of acceptance.
  • Invited applicants are welcome to bring posters to present their work related to both language technology and language learning, and also crowdsourcing. The most interesting contributions will be invited to a joint publication that the organisers are considering within the enetCollect early 2020.

Submission & preliminary registration

To register, please fill out the form here or visit https://forms.gle/QXj27GaAE3hVSMbF8.

Local organisers

Silvia Pokrivcakova (University of Trnava)

Branislav Bédi (The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies)

Organising committee

Branislav Bédi (The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies)

Cathy Chua (Independent researcher)

Silvia Pokrivcakova (University of Trnava)

Manny Rayner (University of Geneva)

Toma Tasovac (Belgrade Center for Digital Humanties)

Instructors

Branislav Bédi (The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies)

Cathy Chua (Independent researcher)

Hanieh Habibi (University of Geneva)

Matthias Kunkel (ILIAS open source e-Learning e.V.)

Manny Rayner (University of Geneva)

Toma Tasovac (Belgrade Center for Digital Humanties)

 

*Successful applicants will be invited to the workshop and will qualify for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses according to the COST rules.

For further queries about the workshop please contact Branislav Bédi (brb19@hi.is) or Manny Rayner (Emmanuel.Rayner@unige.ch).