WG3/4 Meeting in Trnava
by Lionel Nicolas
From the 27th to the 29th of November 2019, a successful hands-on WG3 & WG4 meeting was held at the University of Trnava, Slovakia. This meeting had a special focus on LARA – the learning and reading assistant. The aim of this this two-and-a-half-day workshop was for participants to learn how to construct and deploy their own LARA-content and contribute to the development of an open source platform. It was pleasant to see that no less than 42 participants from 16 countries attended the meeting and learned about the new platform for developing content in different languages via crowdsourcing.
During the first day, the workshop concentrated on the basic features of LARA and was concluded with a Keynote speech about “Using LARA in the language classroom” by Sabina Sestigiani (University of Swinburne, Australia). The second day then focused on the advanced features of LARA, featured a poster session allowing participants to present their work and was concluded with a keynote speech about “Copyright in Practice” by Inma Alvarez (The Open University,UK). Finally on the morning of third day, the workshop focused on building the LARA community and several round tables and discussions were held to tackle key aspects to address in the short- to mid-term.
Because research and culture go hand in hand in enetCollect, the local organizers also made sure that participants could discover and enjoy the Slovak culture during their short and very productive stay. As such, on the first day we had the pleasure to discover Trnava and its prime importance in Slovak history with a guided tour, eat some typical food at one of the most reputed restaurants in the evening and the luckiest among us (not me unfortunately) got the chance to participate in a trip to visit local wine cellars and have a traditional “duck feast” dinner on the afternoon and evening of the third day.
All in all, it is fair to sum up that this meeting was very productive and friendly!
P.S: if you would like to know more about the workshop, you can consult the program by following this link.