Dr. Alexander Mikroyannidis is a Research Fellow in the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University. He holds a Ph.D. in Informatics from Manchester Business School, an M.Phil. in Computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), and a B.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. He has more than 10 years of research experience in the field of Technology-Enhanced Learning and specifically in personalised learning, self-regulated learning, lifelong learning, open educational resources and rich interactive learning materials, as well as applications of blockchain technology in education. He is the author of over 100 articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and books. He has been awarded and worked on a wide range of European and nationally funded research projects, notably QualiChain, DEL4ALL, OpenLang Network, Open Networking Lab, Institute of Coding, SlideWiki, EDSA, HUB4NGI, FORGE, weSPOT, EUCLID, ROLE, OpenScout, CASPAR, and PARMENIDES.
The OPENLang Network platform is an open and collaborative Moodle-based environment for networking between language learners and teachers across Europe. This platform has been developed in the context of the OPENLang Network Erasmus+ project (https://www.openlangnet.eu/) that is coordinated by the University of Macedonia, Greece. In this session, we will present the OPENLang Network platform and the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that we have recently launched on this platform, entitled: "Exploring how to (re)use Language Open Educational Resources (OERs)". This 4-week MOOC aims at guiding participants through the discovery, use, and reuse of OER for teaching purposes in language education. The MOOC participants explore what is an OER and what is an Open Educational Practice (OEP). Additionally, the MOOC presents the main characteristics and benefits of using language OERs, as well as the main challenges of introducing OERs in language education. The OPENLang Network platform and the MOOC are available at: https://openlang-network.kmi.open.ac.uk/.