Director of The Open University in Wales, Rob Humphreys, was at Harvard University last week at the NAASWCH (North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History) Conference. As part of the event Mr Humphreys launched ‘Hafan’ a new interactive online portal which showcases Wales’ diverse culture and people.
The OU in Wales was an official sponsor of the NAAWSCH conference which took place from 20 – 22 July at the prestigious university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. NAASWCH is a multidisciplinary association of scholars, teachers and individuals dedicated to advancing scholarship on Welsh studies.
Hafan offers learners a series of challenges – short quizzes on topics such as people, culture and language – and seven short interviews with people who live and work in Wales including rugby’s Nigel Owens, musician Kizzy Crawford and writer Angharad Price, as a way of exploring contemporary Wales and its culture(s).
Mr Humphreys said: “The OU in Wales is proud to be associated with the NAASWCH and to play a part in promoting and enhancing the Welsh studies curriculum. Hafan offers an accessible way for people to learn more about the diversity of Wales and its people and we were very excited to be able to launch it in such auspicious surroundings.”
OpenLearn offers a variety of different resources for those wanting to learn more about Wales and Welsh – from ten minute articles on St David to four hour courses introducing Welsh language and culture. The OU also offers a non-accredited course ‘Discovering Wales and Welsh’ and OpenLearn Cymru offers a range of free online courses in English and Welsh.
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