Saturday, August 31, 2019

Joining the blocks together: an NLP pipeline for CALL development

This recording captures the virtual presentation of Monica Ward, Joining the blocks together: an NLP pipeline for CALL development. 


(I)CALL is inherently complex endeavour.  It is multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary in nature).  Natural Language Processing (NLP) involves using tools and techniques from Computational Linguistics (CL) and NLP in the language learning process. Often these tools and techniques are designed for tasks and purposes other than language learning and this makes their adaption and use in the CALL domain difficult. It can be even more challenging for Less Resourced Languages (LRLs) as they may be very few resources available to CALL researchers to adapt or incorporate into CALL resources.  This paper reports on how two existing NLP resources for Irish were used to develop a MALL app for Irish.  The app, Irish Word Bricks (IWB) was built using an existing CALL app - Word Bricks (Mozgovoy & Efimov, 2013).  Without this ‘joining the blocks together’ approach, the development of the app would certainly have taken longer, may not have been as efficient or effective and may not even have been accomplished at all.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Of recognition and professional development

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It is nice to have recognition for what we do. 

Participants (including virtual participants) and presenters at this year's conference will be recognised through the issue of a digital badge from EuroCALL. Look out for your email on Saturday (check your spam folder!) and you may wish to create a free account on Open Badge Passport  to curate and display your badges (other systems exist, this one is based in Finland and all systems are compatible with open badge standard 2). Once you have your badge you can share and show it off on your website, LinkedIn profile etc. You can even print it  . Let others know you are a member of the EuroCALL community!

Certified Membership of The Association for Learning Technology 

Practitioners who have technical skills are sometimes under appreciated. EuroCALL would like to help address this and we have prepared a very short survey to see how you feel about professional recognition. 

We value your input and we hope that you are proud to display your badge to others so that they can appreciate the merits of being part of the EuroCALL community. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Who are we?

We are the innovators, the curious, the resilient, the researchers, the teachers, the mentors, the interpreters, the communicators, the explorers, the lovers (as opposed to the fighters!). Check out what we have been sharing on the first day of our conference. Expand your networks, find new friends, catch up with old friends, enjoy the opportunities to unwind and to learn. 

Here's some of today's twitter activity #eurocall2019

There has been lots of live tweeting - so much that my wakelet curation and the wifi are struggling to cope but don't let that stop you! You can remix the collection above to tell your own story of today. Get creative. 

Check out the twitter connections who are part of our story. 

The workshops started our day:

and we were warmly welcomed by our President Mirjam Hauck:

and so it begins, enjoy!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Are you ready?

The countdown is well and truly underway! The #eurocall hashtag activity seems to have acquired a comb over, I wonder who that reminds us of?

My twitter stream has been full of folk sharing their slides and presentations ready for next week:

and for those of you not travelling, sign up to join us through Virtually Connecting:

If you are coming onsite you can now download the conference app: