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 being discussed.

Can you see my answers?

No. The tool runs exclusively in the browser so 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 index.html.

How do I report bugs or errors?

If you notice any errors or bugs, please don't hesitate to email them in to Alternatively, if you are comfortable with HTML, you can fix errors or contribute to the resource directly. 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 [here]. Alternatively, if you are comfortable with web development, you can contribute to the resource directly. A developer's guide is available [here].


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 who collaborated 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 originally designed.