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 will bridge this gap through achieving the following objectives:

  1. Create an internationally approved model curriculum for Digital Linguistics by combining existing and new courses. This output will be achieved by conducting a trans-European survey among employers and end-users about the skills and competencies of future graduates and identifying 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. This will be achieved through a face-to-face workshop for higher education staff in e-authoring.
  3. Design online courses for selected modules; localize, evaluate, test and implement. Courses will be designed in compliance with open e-learning standards (SCORM, TinCan API), will promote inclusion by being fully localized into 6 European languages (languages of the partner countries + International Sign language for audiovisual contents) and by being accessible to special needs students. Courses will be cross-evaluated by partners (teachers and students), participants of the DigiLing summer school and national ECTS accreditation bodies.
  4. Disseminate and sustain. DigiLing results will be 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 will be achieved by using existing and acknowledged platforms for our DigiLing hub: the international CLARIN network and the University of Ljubljana infrastructural centre of Language Resources and Technologies (CJVT). Medium- and long-run sustainability will be achieved through national accreditation of online courses and the curriculum.

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.

Trans-European eLearning Hub for Digital Linguistics