Tech Literacy II: Skills for the Online Instructor "Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important." — Bill Gates Maybe you have been tapped to offer a popular course via the Internet, or you are looking to take advantage of the growing opportunities available to expand your professional portfolio. Online teaching has many advantages for students and teachers, such as 24-hour availability and a wealth of readily available resources. But it also has significant disadvantages, such as a lack of face-to-face contact and the distraction of being just a click away from online games not related to the course. However, if you are willing to embrace the strengths and weaknesses of the medium, you can open the doors to an outstanding educational experience for your students and yourself.
facilitating learning and change in groups and group sessions Facilitating learning and change in groups and group sessions. Just what is facilitation, and what does it involve? We explore the theory and practice of facilitation, and some key issues around facilitating group sessions. DIY U: Build a Personal Learning Plan I guess I've come to the end of this challenge - though my learning, of course, is only just beginning. I've been into the idea of Edupunk for a long time without knowing what to call it, so it's good to have a challenge like this to put some structure to the idea, and Anya kamenetz's books, The Edupunk Guide and DIY U, have been invaluable. As part of this challenge I have defined my path and created a plan of my proposed learning, which you can see at Visible Darkness, a website I built in Wordpress as a space to contain my work in an organized way. Here you can also see a mind map of my initial Personal Learning Network - I'm sure this grow as I progress with my learning. From this PLN I plan to nurture ongoing relationships that will, I hope, evolve into mentorship.
Instructional Design Models The following is a list of prescriptive instructional design models. Prescriptive models provide guidelines or frameworks to organize and structure the process of creating instructional activities. These models can be used to guide your approach to the art or science (your choice) of instructional design. Blog Why so many digital ELT businesses fail to make money, and what we can do about it A recent survey of failed startups found that ‘business model not viable’ was the single most common reason for failure. We see this all too often with digital businesses in ELT. Paul Jackson of Newsmart explains why people developing digital products need to make hard choices about their business model before even building a product. read more My English learning experience – 6 lessons from a millennial learner
10 Tools to Help you Flip Your Classroom Two years ago I "flipped" my high school Anatomy & Physiology class. Read my previous post for the full story. I learned by trial and error. Revisiting Multiliteracies in Collaborative Learning Environments: Impact on Teacher Professional Development September 2006 — Volume 10, Number 2 * On the Internet * By Vance Stevens Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE Editor’s foreword: At this time last year I wrote an article for the On the Internet column, “Multiliteracies for Collaborative Learning Environments”. (Stevens 2005; As indicated in the editor’s note at the foot of that article, it was prepared partly as a rough guide for the participants in my TESOL, Inc. Certificate Program course of the same name [ which completes its third rendition this October.
Overview Back In 2007⋅⋅⋅ In 2007, supported by five of the most prominent textbook publishers in higher education, CourseSmart started out with the simple goal of providing instructors in college and higher education a better textbook evaluation service. We knew that for instructors, getting textbooks for evaluation was a tedious and time consuming task. All things ELT from Cambridge EnglishCambridge Conversations Using data from the Spoken British National Corpus (BNC), language researcher Sarah Grieves explores the shift in the language of Christmas over the past 20 years, asking the question – is Christmas really getting more commercial? What does Christmas mean to you? For lots of people, this time of year is about spending time with family, eating lots of delicious food, and waiting for a visit from Santa Claus (or Father Christmas, or St Nick!). But after analysing more than 2 billion words of everyday spoken conversations, and comparing this to data collected in the 1990s, we found that the way we talk about Christmas really does seem to be becoming more commercial. The research indicated that words associated with consumerism have risen considerably; the words sales, spend, shopping and retailers were amongst the most highly associated with Christmas in the language collected in the last ten years.
How to Teach Yourself Anything in Less Than Three Months Self-education can be wonderful and frustrating at the same time. If you go about it correctly, you can teach yourself anything in just a few months. Poorly applied, however, self-education can be a stressful nightmare.