Open Science, Open Education, Language, Russian, GitHub, Language Learning, Digital Learning, Open Source, Open Code, Inflected Languages


In this episode, we are discussing SMARTool (Strategic Mastery of Russian Tool), a free-to-use online resource for learners of the Russian language. Professor of Russian Laura Janda explains the pedagogical principles behind the tool and plans for future expansions, whereas IT engineer Radovan Bast shares his views on how the choice of sharing the code openly on GitHub serves the needs of the wider community of programmers as well as language learners.

Author Biographies

Laura A. Janda, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Laura A. Janda is professor of Russian at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, where she is actively engaged in both research-based teaching (teaching that benefits from the best research) and teaching-based research (research that tries to answer the questions most relevant to learners). She is both a Meritorious Teacher and has won the prize for Best Researcher at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education at UiT.

Radovan Bast, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Radovan Bast is a theoretical chemist turned research software engineer, working at the high performance computing group at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He writes research software and teaches programming to researchers and leads the CodeRefinery project. He is looking forward to a future of sharing and collaboration where research software and data are open and FAIR.



How to Cite

Janda, L. A., Bast, R., & Aspaas, P. P. (2020). SMARTool. Open Science Talk, (33).