1. Introduction

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This research project is primarily concerned with the development of free online academic language learning collections, and the user interfaces designed and developed in the FLAX Language System for accessing these collections.

In particular, this research project is interested in hearing from learners registered on the English Common Law MOOC with Coursera who have used the FLAX language resources developed from lectures by Professor Gearey and his colleagues at the University of London. We will provide you with a few screenshots of the FLAX system to help you determine how useful you perceive these free resources to be for learning specialized terms that are used in a particular academic area i.e. law.

We would like to see this type of free language support across all academic and professional subject areas to make learning more accessible. For the purpose of this research, we are interested in hearing from participants who have used the different functions of the FLAX language resources developed from the open lectures and resources from the English Common Law MOOC.

All academic and professional subjects have their own vocabularies and these take time to learn for both native and non-native speakers of English. It is our hope that the free software from the FLAX language project can be applied in many subject areas to assist learners with understanding and using the specific language of the subjects they are studying whether it be law, biology, geography etc.

You are welcome to find out more about the projects involved in this research by following the web links provided in the contact information below.

Alannah Fitzgerald (Doctoral Candidate)
With the supervision of Dr. Steven Shaw (Associate Professor)
PhD programme in Educational Technology
Department of Education
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3G 1M8
a_fitzg@education.concordia.ca / alannahfitzgerald.org

In collaboration with the following open research and development projects:

The FLAX Language Project
Greenstone Digital Library Lab
Department of Computer Science
University of Waikato
Knighton Road
Hamilton, Waikato
New Zealand 3240

The Global Open Educational Resources Graduate Network (GO-GN)
With the Flora and William Hewlett Foundation
Institute of Educational Technology
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom MK7 6AA

And, supported by:

The International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education
Doctoral Dissertation Grant 2013-2016
177 Webster Street #220
Monterey, California
United States of America 93940