The key people behind LearnOasis
Carl Taylor is the Director of Pendragon Educational Publishers Ltd. He has worked as a teacher, lecturer, advisor and is the author of numerous language learning textbooks and resources. He has considerable experience of developing and producing textbooks in formal education. He was the ‘Herausgeber’ (publisher) and co-author of English G Neu
(Cornselsen, Berlin). He also worked on the development of Let’s Go
, a six volume textbook for English for the German Hauptschulen (Klett Verlag, Stuttgart). He is currently working with Klett Verlag to develop their next generation of English language textbooks for German Gymnasien.
Carl Taylor was employed by the Ministry of Education in the Sultanate of Oman to design a national curriculum for English at elementary and secondary school levels and to oversee the development and publication of Our World Through English
, a textbook for schools in the Sultanate.
Carl Taylor has also co-ordinated three major EU projects: Stella (Stepping up the E-Learning of Languages), Grammar Explorer Danish and ArabicOnline.eu
Udo Hennig has been working as a teacher for over 30 years, as a teacher trainer/educator for 26 years and as an author of language teaching/learning materials for over 20 years.
For the last seven years particular focus of his work has been the challenges arising from the new media, especially digital eLearning, the insights of constructivism as a paradigm for teaching and learning as well as the insights of the neurosciences as complementary and guiding principles for materials development based on the methodological ideas of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
He has applied his expertise as a specialist in foreign language teaching and learning methodology to the teaching of other foreign languages, including LWUTLs.
Locusta Liquirizia was using electronic devices (as Commodore and Amstrad consoles) before PCs arrived and was using telematic services as BBS, Compuserve, NewsGroups and Mail on Internet before WWW later arrived in 1991.
He obtained his doctorate in Computing Science from the University of Turin in 1990, oriented towards “Systemistic Cybernetic” (Artificial Intelligence). He started immediately working on telematic (Videotel and Teletel) services and then he contributed to creating the start-up of the first Piedmont Internet Providers (on behalf of Telecom Italia), Piedmont Video On Line Internet network (Web Services) and the first websites in the Piedmont area.
He has been interested from the beginning in creating dynamic services on the web, combining the latest technology with design and he followed very carefully all the developments of the Internet, such as VRML and Web3D, CMS and portals, e-learning, e-commerce, Web 2.0, social networking, mobile Internet.
Neal Taylor currently manages the day-to-day administration and upkeep of LearnOasis. He previously guided the I.T. development of ArabicOnline and developed, together with Locusta, the web interface, the desktop apps and iPad and Android versions. He is responsible for certification and eCommerce of the LearnOasis site and software.
He recently completely re-developed LearnOasis Danish and LearnOasis Hungarian - available for desktop and tabs. He oversaw the digital and print producation of "A guide to writing Arabic". He brings together technical knowledge, attention to detail in design and an understanding of current trends and approaches in language learning methodology. He, therefore, functions as a vital bridge and conduit between academics, authors, programmers and designers.