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        Date: 2019-02-13 13:39:26+00:00
        From: Paul Spence 
        Subject: Call for Proposals: Digital Modern Languages tutorial writing sprint

This may interest people working with modern (foreign) languages (and their
cultures) or multilingual approaches to DH.


Call for Proposals for a Digital Modern Languages tutorial writing sprint in
July 2019
King's College London
Deadline for proposals: March 10th, 2019


The Digital Modern Languages tutorial writing sprint is a physical and virtual
event designed to create a variety of open educational resources demonstrating
the critical and applied use of digital tools and methods for teachers, learners
and researchers interested in modern languages and cultures.

This initiative is led by the 'Digital Mediations' strand on the Language Acts &
Worldmaking project https://languageacts.org/digital-mediations/, which explores
interactions and tensions between digital culture and Modern Languages (ML)
research. The project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
under its Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).

The DML tutorial writing sprint aims to:

* Produce a set of learning resources which will improve critical digital
literacies in ML learning and research
* Facilitate greater engagement between digital practitioners and ML
* Provoke discussion about possible connections between digital literacies at
secondary and HE levels and beyond
* Foster greater connection between ML and heritage/community language learning
* Provide students and researchers with new modes of engagement with ML content
and research
* Contribute to greater awareness of the importance of Modern Languages learning
and research

This initiative will lead to the production of a series of self-learning online
tutorials on how to use digital tools & methods critically in researching or
learning about ML languages and cultures. The outcome will be an edited
collection of tutorials, providing a snapshot of digital methods for modern

The tutorials will be approximately 4,000 words in length, and be written in
approachable, non-expert language with clear examples.

We take as inspiration education models such as The Programming Historian
(https://programminghistorian.org/) and learning resources such as the O'Reilly
book series, or For Dummies series.

We welcome proposals for Tutorials ('how to' use a particular digital method or
tool) which address either educational or research challenges in the Modern
Languages and Cultures, including both:

* Language learning and
* Learning and research about ML cultures

This may involve either established or emerging areas within the field of Modern
Languages and beyond, including (but not limited to): language pedagogy, digital
arts, translation, linguistics, digital sociolinguistic and digital cultural
studies, including ethnographic and discourse analysis approaches.

Tutorials would need to respond to identifiable needs within ML learning and
research (at any educational level).

Each proposal should state:

* Name(s) of applicant(s)
* For multiple author applications, the author order
* Language(s) of proposal
* Languages studied/researched
* A summary of the tutorial itself, explaining
    its aims
    its general structure
    its focus
* Education or research
* Level - primary, secondary, HE
* Expected level of progression (making clear the entry-level and expected
advancement in knowledge)
* A list of the digital methods used
* A list of the digital tools used
* If the methods/tools are open source or not
* Whether they apply to specific languages, or language families
* Whether or not proposers will commit to translating the tutorial into any
other languages (if successful)
* And to give confirmation that the proposers commit to providing a finished
tutorial by the stated deadline and that they give permission for it to be
published as an Open Educational Resource
* Information about the applicants, and the skills they will bring to the

Where appropriate, tutorials may wish to provide test content (data) which
learners can use as they do the tutorials and which they can then use for their
own independent research/learning.  Proposers may also re-purpose existing
tutorial/teaching materials, although they should make clear where this is the
case and confirm that there are no restrictions in re-use.

Applicants do not need to have academic posts or to have formal modern languages
roles - we welcome proposals from both within and beyond established modern
language learning/research institutions (including, but not limited to, schools,
Higher Education, arts/cultural sector, digital practitioners and private

To give a sense of the range of tutorials we are looking for, here are some
possible examples:

* Using a digital storytelling tool to facilitate secondary school language
* Using web archives to study the Latin American communities in London
* Mapping colonial history in Brazil digitally
* Exploring geospatial representations of a French novel
* Game-based approaches to language learning at school
* Applying network analysis to golden age Spanish texts
* Digital publishing approaches to Chinese texts
* Examining digital peripheries in ML research
* Exploring linguistic and geographic markers for digital identity creation in
social media
* Exploring translation pedagogy in Open Translation platforms

As we are launching this experimentally for the first time, we ask for proposals
to be submitted in English but we encourage people to translate tutorials if the
tutorial is accepted for publication.

* Tutorial proposals must be submitted via the Form (see below) by 10 March
* Proposers will receive notification of the outcome in early April 2019
* The tutorial writing sprint will take place 4 and 5 July 2019
* The deadline for final submission of tutorials is 1 September 2019
* Tutorials will be published in autumn 2019

There will be limited bursaries (up to £200) to help contribute to travel and
accommodation costs. For multi-author proposals, each tutorial will normally
only be eligible for one bursary. Lunch and dinner will be provided by the
organisers. Bursaries requests should be made at time of application, and
bursaries will be targeted in particular at early career researchers and people
travelling from a distance. Priority will be given to those who cannot claim
travel bursaries from other sources.

The event will take place in Central London on 4th and 5th July 2019

The event will consist of:

* a physical event over two days at King's College London
* a virtual event, with participants remotely connecting to the physical event

The physical event will include a mixture of seminars, writing, demonstrations
and peer review.

The virtual event will take place in parallel to the physical event, with
feedback provided to and from virtual participants at periodic intervals during
the event.

We expect to select 8-10 proposals for the physical event, and a similar number
for the virtual event.

The event will start with a seminar by people experienced in writing digital
tutorials, and support will be provided to tutorial developers throughout the
event and for a limited period afterwards.

All tutorials will be peer-reviewed (by a review panel appointed by the project)
- both at proposal stage and prior to publication - from the following

* Modern Languages review - does this make a useful contribution to ML education
or research practice?
* Digital review - does this engage with digital tools for ML in new and
interesting ways? Is it sustainable and globally focused?
* Educational balance - we will look at achieving balance across educational
levels (primary, secondary and higher education) for the group of accepted
tutorials as a whole
* Linguistic balance - we will look at achieving balance across languages, and
between European and non-European languages, for the group of accepted tutorials
as a whole.
* Technical criteria - do the tutorials assume a particular platform, ecosystem,
device or technical setup? If so, this will need to be fully justified (e.g. on
the basis of available infrastructure). In general, we will favour tutorials
based on multi-platform/open access/source software unless there is a very clear
pedagogical rationale. We will also favour tutorials based on stable resources
rather than alpha (or even beta) tools
* Variation in level - most tutorials will have a low barrier of entry ('novice-
friendly'), although we also encourage tutorials requiring some confidence with
computational techniques

Both single and multiple author applications are welcome.

During the initial peer review stage, we may exceptionally invite/commission
additional proposals in order to meet these criteria.

We expect most tutorials are likely to be approximately 4,000 words in length.
If you expect the length of your tutorial to be vastly different from that,
please let us know at application stage.

Tutorials, data and (where appropriate) tools will be published as an edited
collection of Open Educational Resources on the Language Acts & Worldmaking
website and on an Open Educational Resource (OER) platform for deposit/long-term

This initiative is supported by the following advisory group:

* Adam Crymble, University of Hertfordshire
* Tori Holmes, Queen's University Belfast
* Lucy Jenkins, University of Cardiff
* Orhan Elmaz, University of St Andrews
* Elina Vilar, Queen Mary, University of London
* Naomi Wells, School of Advanced Study

Further information is available on the project website at

The application form is available at the bottom of the online version of the
Call for Proposals: https://languageacts.org/digital-mediations/event/writing-

For any queries, contact Paul Spence at

Best wishes
Paul Spence and Renata Brandao

Paul Spence
Senior Lecturer, Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London | Strand | London | WC2R 2LS

Programme Convenor - MA in Digital Humanities
Co-Investigator - Language Acts & Worldmaking project
Twitter: @dhpaulspence
 Recent publications:
- 'The academic book and its digital dilemmas', Convergence, vol. 24, no. 5, pp.
458-476. Open Access version at
- 'Las humanidades digitales y los retos de la representación'. In Galina I.,
Peña Pimentel, M., Priani, E. (eds.): Humanidades Digitales 3: Edición,
Literatura y Arte, Bonilla Artigas Editores, Mexico City, pp. 15-46.
-  'Attitudes towards Digital Culture & Technology in the Modern Languages'
(report with Renata Brandao). http://doi.org/doi:10.18742/pub01-001

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