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Professor Toribio Recieves LIFT Grant: "From Corpus to Classroom: Developing a Pedagogical Interface for the SPinTX Corpus"

Posted: September 20, 2012

Professor Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, along with Professors Barbara Bullock and Carl Blyth of the Department of French and Italian, as well as Rachel Glig, the Web Director of COERLL, has received a LIFT grant for the 2012-2013 academic year for the project, "From Corpus to Classroom: Developing a Pedagogical Interface for the SPInTX Corpus", which, in the words of the Research & Educational Technology Committee, "stood out with innovative thinking and potential for successful implementation and broad impact."

"From Corpus to Classroom: Developing a Pedagogical Interface for the SPinTX Corpus"

The interface project will create a web resource to search and adapt items from the Spanish in Texas language corpus (SPinTX). The corpus is part of the ongoing Spanish in Texas Project under the auspices of the Title VI Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL). The main goal of the project is to help educators exploit the SPinTX corpus to customize materials for the teaching of Spanish at all educational levels. The aims of the project are: (a) to develop a pedagogically friendly interface for the corpus; b) to involve teachers and learners, via crowd-sourcing, social networking, and workshops, in the development of open educational resources (OER); and (c) to develop a model for using open source tools and a pedagogical interface that can be adapted for any language corpus.

Participants: Carl Blyth, Department of French and Italian, Director of COERLL; Barbara E. Bullock, Department of French and Italian; Rachael Gilg, Web Director COERLL; Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

The Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) is a fund of approximately $500,000 that is awarded by the Research & Educational Technology Committee (R&E) to innovative academic technology projects that leverage information technology in order to improve quality of instruction, create a differentiator for attracting higher caliber students to the University, or result in a competitive advantage to the University in attracting sponsored research.

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