29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE. How to get started as an online teacher of English. Have you thought about teaching English online?
Emma Segev Opens in a new tab or window., second-time winner of the British Council's Teaching English blog award, gives some practical tips and useful websites for getting started. When I first started teaching ten years ago, I was extremely sceptical about the effectiveness of online teaching, but since then I have accumulated a lot of experience. I'd like to share with you a few things I've learned along the way. Getting started Contrary to popular opinion, I recommend starting your online teaching career by working for an established company.
Content is no longer king. Here are five things that are. Who said content was king?
Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting.— Bill Gates, Content is King, 1996 1996 was a long time ago. In 1996, the first iPhone was still almost a decade away. These 27 Questions Will Help You (Really) Know Your Learners. What’s the point of creating a course that no one wants?
No point at all, right? YET, we find hundreds of eLearning designers creating courses that nobody wants. Courses which the designers themselves can’t figure: who would want! It should ALWAYS be the other way around. Designers must first understand their target audience and then build content around their needs, circumstances, limitations, preferences, and wants. Hence, this post where I will talk about empathy mapping — an intuitive, yet highly powerful framework that uses a set of questions that puts you in your audience’s shoes. Questions for Demographics Understanding demographics allows you to understand values and outcomes that inspire and hence better engage and motivate your learners.
What is the size of your target audience? Questions to Understand Their Grasp of Technology What is the comfort level of your target audience when it comes to using technology? Are they tech-savvy? Questions to Find their Level of Skill/Knowledge.  I Flipped My English Class and the Process of Grading Papers. Quality Matters in Online Courses. The demand for fully online and blended learning courses in K-12 and higher education has been growing at a very rapid rate for the past 10 years.
The debate of whether online courses are as good as traditional face-to-face courses hasn’t stopped, but there is an interest in ensuring the quality and improvements of the programs. A standard assessment tool called Quality Matters was developed to meet the demand for evaluating online courses. Quality Matters (QM) (see website) refers to a a peer-review rubric that measures the quality of online courses to ensure that organizations in higher education, K-12, publishing, corporate, government, continuing professional development and others provide quality online courses. For example, the 2014 quality matters rubric for higher education consists of 43 items under eight categories. Instructors and stakeholders are able to check whether the instructional design principles of their online courses meet the criteria for each category or not. Score Campus - Singapour - Formation. S Question of the Month: March Recap. Implementing new technology in the classroom can be difficult.
It’s not all that different from adopting a brand new curriculum. Teachers need time to explore and understand the technology themselves before feeling comfortable using it in the classroom. With budget cuts and less funding, the training portion of technology implementation often gets sidestepped. Instead, many teachers come back from summer vacation to find a cart of laptops or Apple TVs in their rooms with no more than a sticky note that says, “Use me.”
So, back in March, we asked our loyal Twitter followers the question, “What is the biggest obstacle you face when implementing new tech in the classroom?” 1. Surprisingly, many Twitter users cited student skills and interest as a major hurdle. @The_Math_Wiz, tweeted, “Lack of foundational knowledge of the technology being used, such as keyboarding skills when using laptops.” @TweacherSmith wrote, “Biggest obstacle is not knowing how tech will look/work from Ss perspective.” Online Language Center. Talk2Me English. How to get started as an online teacher of English. Teaching English on Skype (guest post) After meeting up with Sandy at IATEFL Manchester 2015 (having not seen each other face-to-face since finishing our university studies in 2008 – one of the reasons social media is great!)
And chatting about the fact that I do most of my teaching on Skype, she asked me to write a guest post on her blog, and here it is! I’ve been working as a freelance English teacher since the beginning of 2013, when I set up my business, Get Ahead in English. I’d just moved to Barcelona, and after teaching at SGI in London for a couple of years, was keen to see if I could strike out on my own! I built up to a full timetable of private students, almost all 1-1 with the exception of two students I taught together, and a group of three students in-company. Teaching ESL Online.