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  • we can far more easily and immediately provide distance learners with materials (no more postage costs or books getting lost in the post!!) speeds up the process of learners submitting work for us to review, too enables us to keep an automatically-retained digital record of everything that our learners have done
  • @@@@@DELIVERY@@@@@ English360 provides you with CHOICES as to how to deliver course content: high-quality printouts of all course content can be given out in class with access to the Internet, we can reduce the labour-intensive process of supplementing course books with ‘cut and paste’ worksheets. can provide our learners with consistently professionally-presented handouts handouts can be revised, added to, re-sequenced at any point
  • these new digital tools enable us to bridge the divide between the classroom and independent learning beyond the classroom for homework and provision of supplementary materials freeing up F2F classes for skills development (speaking) and completion of performance-based tasks
  • next topic: personalization Personalisation and authentic performance are at the essence of learner-centered, humanistic teaching
  • demo
  • you only need to add the course title at this stage, and can later add an icon for that particular course, a description, and decide copyright Licence settings and whether you would like to provide discussion forums linked to the course, amongst other things.
  • An example of a how a course looks when you’ve added content – you can get to this stage – creating folders into which you can then place content, from CUP and your own lesson plans and other school resources. Search for CUP content on imperatives, dealing with complaints, etc
  • rather than working towards generalised goals, prepare learners for tasks that they will be required to perform, either within their company, their forthcoming studies or a post that they are being trained up to fill. base activities around genuine materials provided by the company or educational establishment the learner belongs to
  • English360’s been developed to make it easier for you to put together a personalised course for your learners, selecting activities from over 30 CUP titles, currently, with your own lessons. so, what is English360? English360’s an online learning platform. provides ‘tools’ for you to choose from to help you create and deliver courses to suit your teaching context and learners, as well as an online filing cabinet that contains resources you can quickly access, edit and add to can also track learners’ progress as said before, doesn’t require technical knowledge or that you download any software. a wide range of content types – not just texts and pictures, but also video, audio, links to websites, pdfs and interactive activities. English360 originally promoted to BE/ESP teachers, due to teaching background of Cleve Miller, the founder, but it can be used for general English teaching, too. many on the team are teachers – I personally have more experience of teaching general English, but some of my colleagues have a mainly BE or ESP background.


  • 1. English360 Collaboratively co-creating Business English courses & content BESIG Rome 25 June 2010 BESIG Rome 26 June 2010
  • 2. PLN – Personal Learning Network
  • 3. http://www.linkedin.com/in/valentinadodge
  • 4. http://www.diigo.com/user/vale24
  • 5. My edublog http://lifelonglearning.edublogs.org/ Example of sharing from http://aleksandraluczak.edublogs.org/2010/05/10/quiet-hours-disturbed/
  • 6. A business trainer I follow http://twitter.com/evanfrendo Follow me on twitter @vale360
  • 7. A community of ELT Bloggers http://beltfree.ning.com/
  • 8.  
  • 9. Understanding more about online learning ..
  • 10. … getting material and ideas to use in class...
  • 11. Discussing and sharing pedagogical concerns
  • 12. Blending Connections to real world Roles and relationships Access Availability of content Media formats Predictability / unpredictability of language Contributions Decisions Ownership of learning space Sharing Exchanging
  • 13. Another view of collaborative content “ 360 degree content creation” Teacher Publisher Student School Business World
  • 14. Content repository Authoring tools English360 tools log in and deliver online, blended learning Social software Light, flat LMS
  • 15.  
  • 16. Collaborative materials design for authentic personalisation
  • 17. Collective course design
    • Analyse needs
    • Find content from needs
    • Copy into course
    • Re-sequences content
    • Share within school
    photo credit: Mahalie Stackpole
  • 18.  
  • 19. Decide on privacy and copyright licence settings…
  • 20. Choose settings for course…
  • 21. Creative commons – copy, attribute and edit
  • 22. CUP content– All rights reserved Allow others to use, but not change, my All Rights Reserved content.
  • 23. Copy content into your course…
  • 24. Draft
  • 25. Learner path
  • 26. Page comments
  • 27. Starting out...
  • 28. Create Needs Analysis
  • 29. Needs Analysis Business English Needs Analyses
  • 30. Use your learners’ needs to direct the content of your course…
  • 31. See collective needs of learners on your course…
  • 32. Tags serve multiple purposes…
  • 33. Tags at course and item level facilitate searches…
  • 34. Prepare learners for real-life tasks
  • 35. Thank you! Any questions?
    • www.english360.com
    • [email_address]
  • 36.