Learning2gether Episode 192
On Sunday Dec 8 Phil Hubbard spoke with us on Digital content curation for CALL using TED Talk videos on YouTube
This post documents a great session with Phil Hubbard where Phil explained his system for curating TED Talk videos according to their vocabulary and language load for the students. It was a very well attended event and generated a lot of discussion not only in the chats, which we captured (I found out you can copy from Hangout chat and paste it into Google Docs and of course it comes out with avatars and emoticons intact 🙂 but in the Google Group, where Claude Almansi entered an energetic discussion and even made a transcript to subtitle the video record in Amara.
Where? We were in Google Hangout
- Streamed through YouTube on http://webheadsinaction.org/live
- The YouTube URL for Dec 8 is http://youtu.be/1HxkCbD_lto (it streams when the hangout begins)
- The Webheadsinaction.org archive:
- Text chats from the Hangout:
Philip Hubbard presented this 45 min Research and Development paper Digital content curation for CALL on 10th July at the 2013 WorldCALL conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
His PowerPoint slides are here:
- Links in the talk
To date, CALL work has focused on four major and sometimes overlapping areas: tutorial CALL, use of technological tools for CALL, CALL tasks, and CALL environments. The first two are linked to Levy’s (1997) tutor-tool framework, CALL tasks are most comprehensively acknowledged in Chapelle’s (2001) framework, and CALL environments have been defined by Egbert & Hanson-Smith (2007), as well as through work in Activity Theory and ecological approaches. To these foundational domains of the field I propose adding a fifth: curated digital content. Digital content—text, audio, video, and multimedia—is growing almost exponentially, especially in commonly taught languages and others with large bases of Internet users. This volume can be overwhelming to both teachers and learners.
Aimed at imposing order on this chaos, CALL content curation can be defined as the collection and organization of digital content with value added by a language learning expert who serves much the same role as a curator of exhibits in a museum. In this talk, I first present the concept of curation and distinguish it from related concepts such as simple content aggregation, tagging, crowdsourcing, content adaptation, and lesson development. I then offer a preliminary framework for identifying promising sources for curation and for desirable characteristics of curators and curated material. As an example, I describe a curation project from my advanced ESL listening class, built around videos of TED talks (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) curated from http://www.ted.com and designed to support autonomous learning. This section includes a discussion of how the effective use of curated content by language learners requires informed use of a range of technology tools for extracting form and meaning in the pursuit of language learning objectives. I conclude by emphasizing the importance of content curation as a long-term priority ripe for further Research and Development.
Claude Almansi has made some interesting comments on Google+ …
Here is the full text of Claude’s observations:
Just some remarks re: the very useful http://www.stanford.edu/~efs/693b/TED1.html list, mentioned in the PDF. TED talks viewed on TED.com or on YouTube:
- have subtitles and interactive transcripts generated from them in usually heaps of languages. So you can have the subtitles in the original language and the transcript in your own language, or viceversa: this allows learners to use a talk even if they have a limited vocabulary, and it also makes the need to provide a glossary less important;
- can be downloaded with subtitles in any of the provided languages burned in (open captions): useful when learners don’t have access to a good connection
- can be subtitled by learners themselves by joining http://www.amara.org/en/teams/ted/ , and subtitling is a great language exercise. Moreover, the subtitle timing is sometimes more accurate on amara.org (where they are made) than on ted.com, due to codex things I don’t understand 😉
That’s the case with those for the “Andy Hobsbawm: Do the green thing” video mentioned in the PDF and in the list: there’s a lag in http://www.ted.com/talks/andy_hobsbawm_says_do_the_green_thing.html , whereas there is none in http://www.amara.org/en/videos/cVZdvmYJzuHc/info/andy-hobsbawm-says-do-the-green-thing/ .
One more thing: once you’ve downloaded a TED video as MP4 (or any MP4 video for that matter), you can open it as audio in Audacity if you install the FFmpeg library (see http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq_i18n?s=files&i=wma-proprietary for more info). And with Audacity, you can change the delivery speed without altering the pitch, either via the “Change Tempo” effect, or via the reading speed slidebar. This would allow learners to overcome understanding issues due to fast delivery.
Moreover, you can also add labels to the audio with Audacity: see http://audacity.sourceforge.net/onlinehelp-1.2/track_label.htm . So a teacher could e.g. make and download a label track with either glossary indications or questions, and share it with the students, who could re-use them with their audio file in Audacity too. And then, such an audio version could also enable, by comparison, a reflection on use of visuals in the video: some TED lecturers use them, some just speak.
This thread continues at some length
in comments on the event announcement at the Learning2gether Google+ event page here:
Transcript of this session
in addition, Claude and others have subtitled this talk using the transcript posted in Amara, here:
The version with English captions can be edited and improved (some words are still missing) at
On July 14, 2013 Claude and her colleague Lucia Bartolotti joined us on Learning2gether to explain Amara and its use as a media caption tool in language learning
More about WorldCALL
Proceedings were here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/p3853ngyb94dazq/Short%20Papers.pdf (link broken)
Earlier this week
Wed Dec 4 at 1000 GMT Jennifer Maddrell hosted Designers for Learners webcast
Please join us at http://designersforlearning.org/live for our next Designers for Learners webcast on Wednesday, December 4th at 1:00 p.m. CST. Here is the start time in your area: http://bitly.com/1aN32cy. The webcast will focus on opportunities to develop service-learning and Open Educational Resource (OER) projects to support General Educational Development (GED) test preparation. Our guests for the webcast have extensive experience in OER development, including Ronda Neugebauer and David Wiley of Lumen Learning (http://lumenlearning.com), and Quill West, OER Director at Tacoma Community College (http://open.tacomacc.edu).
In the past few months, we have received inquiries from nonprofits in need of instructional design help to support GED test preparation, including resources for learners, as well as for staff and volunteers who work as tutors. In 2014, the requirements for the GED test will change significantly from the existing 2002 version of the test. In addition to changes in the content and test items, all students will be required to take the test via computer vs. pencil and paper. Instructional materials are needed to support a range of subject-matter, including math, science, social studies, language arts, and computer use. Please join us to contemplate the adaptation, development, and use of OER as an alternative to existing commercial offerings, such as those in the GED marketplace (http://www.gedmarketplace.com).
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