What is this website?
Old English Online was originally
designed and developed by Victoria Koivisto-Kokko at University College Cork as part of her Master’s
thesis in 2018. The primary aim of the research was to test cognitive theories of learning online and
ascertain the optimal design for an online course
aimed at teaching medieval languages. Using Old English as the core subject, a course design
and environmental design were researched using a combination of faculty interviews, persona testing,
and research on cognitive theories of learning. With this information, a prototype of this website
was built and tested using group comparison testing and after-scenario questionnaires.
Is it still being developed?
Yes! While the MA is over, the project continues to
be developed and streamlined. The project is currently funded by the National Forum’s 'Developing
Disciplinary Excellence in Learning,
Teaching and Assessment' fund and was officially launched in November 2019. You can find a list of
updates in the patch notes.
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 download a pdf version of the module content which also contains a
glossary of the Old English words used in the module, and test new vocabulary using a flashcard
How much content is there?
A list of the modules can be found on the
Index page. Incomplete modules cannot be
selected, however, this project is still in development with new modules being added as soon as
they are completed. The project is still a work in progress, so if you feel there is
something which could be improved then please do not hesitate to provide feedback using the email
in the footer.
Can you see my answers?
Nope! 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 we collect is page hits to see what parts of
the site people are using.
Can I do anything to help the resource?
If you notice any errors or bugs, please don't
hesitate to email them in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Similarly,
if there is a missing feature you feel should be included, please feel free to request its addition.
If you want it, chances are someone else does too!
Where else can I find stuff?
For those interested in additional
Old English learning resources, you can find a comprehensive overview on
the website of the Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland: