Currently no European university offers a curriculum in DigitalĀ  Linguistics, although preliminary needs analyses among employers reveal a growing demand for employees trained in this field. DigiLing bridges this gap through the following objectives:

  1. Create an internationally approved model curriculum for Digital Linguistics by combining existing and new courses. This output was achieved in the first half of 2017 and is based on the findings of a trans-European survey among employers and end-users about the skills and competencies of future graduates and the corresponding gaps in existing curricula.
  2. Train the teachers in relevant disciplines in the use of authoring tools and in the design of high quality online learning materials. With this goal in mind, a workshop for higher education staff in e-authoring was organized in June 2017.
  3. Design online courses for selected modules, followed by evaluation, localization and final implementation into the online learning hub. All DigiLing courses comply with open e-learning standards (SCORM, TinCan API). At the end of the project’s run, they will promote inclusion by being accessible to special-needs students and fully localized into 5 European languages. At the moment, courses are being cross-evaluated by partner institutions (teachers and students), evaluation by the DigiLing summer school and national ECTS accreditation bodies is to follow.
  4. Disseminate and sustain. DigiLing results are publicized to a broad network of stakeholders, the widest academic community and the public at large, including special-needs students. Short- and medium-run sustainability is currently achieved by using acknowledged platforms, such as the international CLARIN network and the University of Ljubljana’s infrastructural Centre for Language Resources and Technologies (CJVT). Medium- and long-run sustainability will be achieved through national accreditation of online courses and the curriculum of a new MA program in Digital Linguistics.

The project directly targets an estimated audience of 2000 people, with potential benefit for many more:

  • students of partner universities studying or planning to study at any language- or IT-related study programme, including (General or Applied) Linguistics, (General or Specialised) Translation, Intercultural Communication, Natural Language Engineering or Processing, Information Technologies, Informatics, Computer Science and similar,
  • teachers and researchers of partner universities in the relevant fields,
  • companies, organisations, public institutions and other users of digital language services.