The OLRC provides technical support for grant and research projects focusing on languages, cultures and the use of technology in the humanities classroom. This support can range from the use of portable equipment for collecting materials, to scripting and graphic design assistance, to basic audio and video editing, to consultation on best practices, Fair Use and accessibility. Faculty interested in pursuing such projects are encouraged to meet with us early in the planning process to find out what resources are available both at the OLRC and across campus.

Internal Faculty Projects


A complete curriculum for intermediate Spanish that promotes the acquisition of Spanish and the development of cultural understanding of the varied groups of people that share Spanish as a common language. Includes a multimedia rich online textbook and an optional commercial workbook.

La corónica Commons

An online platform to represent and cultivate the field of Ibero-medievialism and to foster collaboration and innovative approaches to the study of the medieval literatures of Iberia. A sister site of La corónica , a peer-reviewed journal published since 1972 by the Modern Language Association.

Dobra forma

A web-based overview of Ukrainian grammar with contextualized activities that enable students to internalize correct grammatical forms as they focus on the communication of meaning. Includes extensive audio examples and computer-graded comprehension checks.

El español en los Estados Unidos

Supplementary materials for students in beginning Spanish that focus on issues of cultural identity of Spanish speakers in the United States. Includes glossed readings, extensive multimedia content and flash-based comprehension questions.


A complete curriculum for introductory Kiswahili organized into seven units that chronicle the adventures of two American students studying abroad in Tanzania for an academic year.  Available in downloadable pdf.  Project to be completed by summer 2023.

Incorporating Corpora

An online manual on the use of corpora to teach German to English-speaking learners, including a brief overview of research in Data-Driven Learning, a guide for using Das Digitale Wörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache, and a selection of corpus-based assignments.

Konuşan Paragraflar

A complete curriculum for advanced Turkish that takes a process-oriented approach geared toward Anglophone learners and makes extensive use of authentic materials that encourage cross-cultural comparisons. Includes video content and computer-graded comprehension checks.

Mezhdu nami

A complete curriculum for introductory Russian that includes an online textbook, and a set of Ра́бота в аудито́рии (Classroom Activities) and Дома́шние зада́ния (Homework Assignments) that can be downloaded for free in pdf format or purchased in a printed version.

Open Educational Resources in the Humanities

A platform for the cultivation and promotion of humanistic content that is freely shared with the public. Projects may be of varying sizes and may eventually gain a level of development that necessitates spinning them off to an independent website.

Le pont

A complete curriculum for advanced French that explores the Francophone world and is designed around a flipped model to free up class time for more open-ended communicative activities. Includes extensive video content and computer-graded comprehension checks.

Russian Aspect in Conversation

An examination of Russian aspectual usage that focuses on the speaker’s communicative intent and beliefs and/or the dynamics between speaker and listener. Includes computer-graded exercises with feedback to guide the learner toward a more nuanced understanding of aspectual meaning. 

Ting Yi Ting

An online guide that enables learners to phonemic categories in Mandarin, including lexical tones, in a variety of phonetic contexts, and to associate those phonemes with Pinyin orthography.  Includes extensive audio examples and computer-graded comprehension checks.

Support for External Grants

Hurston on the Horizon

A virtual summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that provided a multidisciplinary reassessment of the works of Zora Neale Hurston and her impact on academic and public discourse.

Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement

A fifteen-month program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that examined African American poetry during the last fifty years, particularly the divergent and yet cross-fertilizing trajectories of spoken word poetry and refined academic poetry.

Don't Deny My Voice

A fifteen-month program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that explored the resurgence of interest in and production of contemporary African American poetry.

Making the Wright Connection

A fifteen-month program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that explored celebrated author Richard Wright and his influence on the American idiom.

Migration Stories: Africans in Midwestern Communities

A year-long program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that fostered public discussion about the challenges and opportunities surrounding African migration to Midwest.

Postcards from Abroad

Complete series of podcasts from the 60-second radio spots that aired on Kansas Public Radio. Travel across the globe without leaving home thanks to KU's the five international area studies centers that collaborated to produce the series. Partially funded by Title VI National Resource Center grant programs.

Teaching the “Long Hot Summer of 1967” and Beyond

A three-week institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that considered questions of race, equity, and social justice that shape current events and the historical and contemporary interpretations of their causes.

Language Keyboards

Both Windows and Mac operating systems come with built-in language keyboards that allow you to type in foreign languages. 

There are similar keyboards that can be used on mobile devices:

While many foreign language keyboards map quite closely to the default English (U.S.) keyboard, there are several that have no correspondence at all.  Instead, these keyboards are based on the typewriter keyboards of their home countries.  For those seeking a shortcut to avoid learning the "real" keyboard layouts, EGARC provides free, homophonic (phonetic) keyboards for Windows that map the letters in the foreign language to the nearest sound equivalent on the U.S. keyboard.  The zipped installation packages found below are compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10.