Digital Education, Innovation, and Bridging the Gaps: the French Digital Library Project

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Who has never got lost hunting for resources on the Internet? This workshop will present the French Digital Library (FDL), a cross-disciplinary collaborative digital education project at the University of St Andrews seeking to produce an accessible, flexible, and free platform and depository of multimedia resources in French for school pupils and university students. It aims to facilitate linguistic and cultural immersion, counteracting reduced mobility stemming from COVID-19, Brexit or socio-economic challenges disproportionately affecting disadvantaged students. The FDL addresses misconceptions still common to digital education and language learning surrounding the concept of ‘digital natives’. For students born in a ‘digital age’, it is not obvious how to navigate the multiplicity of resources available online. To better support students and to keep bridging sustainability, digital, and learning gaps, multimedia language resources are carefully curated through a digital platform which offers a diversified and accessible range of material to appeal to learners from different backgrounds and with various experience of languages. The workshop will present the current stages and future developments of the project, introduce the FDL prototype and its functionalities, and offer an opportunity to reflect on the future of French and language learning in the context of Digital Education.
Period24 Jun 2024
Held atUniversity of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational