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iLatin and eGreek - Ancient Languages and New Technology, February 1, 2014

A Council of University Classics Departments Teaching and Learning Symposium hosted by the Open University, UK and supported by the Institute for Classical Studies

The Open University, Hawley Crescent, Camden

The iLatin and eGreek one-day conference explored the use and effectiveness of new technology in teaching classical languages. Presentations focussed on resources and pedagogy: the materials out there for learners and teachers of Greek and Latin, and the problems new technology might help to address. They also explored ways of evaluating the effectiveness of technology for enhancing pedagogy and suggested guiding principles for the development of interactive websites, apps and other technology-based resources.

The focus of the day was on language teaching at UK universities, but there was valuable input and inspiration from secondary education, from modern languages and from other countries, including America and Germany.  The conference participants reflected on how the teaching of classical languages is changing in the twenty-first century and considered how innovations in pedagogy and technology might help to improve the student learning experience.

Through the generosity of the Institute of Classical Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London), the Higher Education Academy, the Council of University Classics Departments and the Open University, there was no conference fee and no charge for lunch and refreshments. Travel bursaries were also awarded to a number of students.

Videos of all presentations are now available via the links below:



Dr James Robson / Mair Lloyd, The Open University
Welcome and themes of the day


Session 1

Dr James Robson, The Open University
Open access Latin and Greek resources at the OU: current projects and future directions


Session 2
Prof. Alison Sharrock, University of Manchester
Online Training for Reading Latin


Session 3
Dr Nick Lowe, Royal Holloway, University of London
Adventures in 24/7 Latin: VLEs, spaced repetition, and roll-your-own apps

Show-and-Tell session

Session 4

Mair Lloyd, The Open University
Finding the Gap: some contrasts between ancient and modern language eLearning

Session 5

Steve Hunt, University of Cambridge
The Digital Classics Classroom: plaything or catalyst for pedagogical improvement?

Session 6

Bartolo Natoli, University of Texas (online from Texas)
eLearning in the Flipped Classroom

Round Table Discussion:
ways forward with ancient language teaching and learning

Twitter Coverage

Participants at the conference were encouraged to tweet with the hashtag #iLeG and the event has been ‘storified’ here.

The Open University

The Institute of Classical Studies

CUCD - The Council of University Classical Departments

Higher Education Academy