Frequently Asked Questions
What is this website?
Old English Online
is a website designed to
help users learn to read Old English.
It was funded by University College Cork through the
National Forum’s 'Developing Disciplinary Excellence in Learning,
Teaching and Assessment' fund from November 2019 to November 2020, during which time the core
content was completed by both Victoria Koivisto-Kokko and Dr. Tom Birkett. You can find a list of
updates in the patch notes. The project was originally
designed by Victoria at University College Cork as part of her Master’s thesis in 2018.
How does it work?
The website is structured so that major
grammatical concepts are covered in an individual module, which is subdivided into
topics. Topics contain textual information accompanied by graphic organisers and interactive
fill-in-the-blank questions which provide explanatory feedback. Questions are either drawn
directly from, or inspired by, the corpus of Old English literature, and the environment is
specifically designed to require the minimum amount of cognitive processing. In the overview
topic of each module you can test your new vocabulary using a flashcard
test, and you can download a pdf version of the module content which also contains a
glossary of the Old English words used in the module. Specific modules also prompt you to
attempt to read a basic excerpt from an Old English text that exemplifies the grammatical topic
Can you see my answers?
No. The tool runs exclusively in the
anything you do on the
website can not be seen by anyone except you. The only data collected is page hits to see what
parts of the site people are using.
Can I use the website offline?
Yes! To do this, go to the repository [here]. Click
the green Code button, and choose Download ZIP. To access the
home page, unzip the oldenglishonline-master folder, open the Docs folder and
How do I report bugs or errors?
If you notice any errors or bugs, please
hesitate to email them in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, if you are comfortable with HTML, you can fix errors or contribute to the
A contributor's guide is available on Github.
Can you add a new feature?
This is a living resource which is designed
to be added to over time.
If there is a feature you would like to see, let us know! You can find a guide on how to make an
actionable feature request
Alternatively, if you are comfortable with web development, you can contribute to the resource
directly. A developer's guide is
This project never would have been completed without the work of all the people who generously
donated their time to help me write, proof and test content over the last three years.
I would like to take the time to especially thank Dr. Tom Birkett and Kristian Koivisto-Kokko
closely with me on every step of this project, and without whose support the project never would
have been completed.
To all our testers, this website would be a lot worse without you. A huge thank you Dr. Alison
Killilea, Dr. Niamh Kehoe, Dr. Patricia O'Connor, Joseph McCarthy, Marcus Smith, Rosemary Kelly, Aoife Lyall, and
Christ Fadel. (Any remaining errors are solely my fault!)
Thank you to everyone who emailed in pointing out errors or offering suggestions on how to improve the site.
Lastly, I would like to thank Dr. Orla Murphy who supervised the thesis where this project was