PhD,Associate Professor (Linguistics), Blended Translation Studies, Business English, ESP Courses e-ducator, Blended Wiki ( Web 2.0) Courses Designer, PBWorks(USA) Certified Educator and Mentor
RUDN, MESI, MIL
BY IRINA I. VASILIEVAPH.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MOSCOW, 2012
Since 2009, the Wiki was designed, implemented and hosted with PBWorks (http://pbworks.com) – one of the best and biggest US Wiki Providers. Free for Educators. Blended Wiki Course Collaborators: 2 and 3 year Bachelor Students at SU-Higher School of Economics, Business Informatics Faculty, Moscow Course Duration: 1 semester of 2009 a.y.
Besides 2 ESP Courses FRONT PAGE, the teachershould design special page for each Course Syllabusand Assignments.It „s a simple Table with 4 columns named as:Date-Syllabus-Assignments Description-DeadlineApart of textual information, attached files and links,the teacher can place embedded video clips andrecorded webinars as part of assignments.Red - colored Deadlines are set on weekly basis( from one weekly F2F class to another)
Another page designed by the teacher - Grading Grid - is for posting students Grades for every assignment (both in class and on the site) and for every Module. In this case, Exel table was used (offline) and then, weekly updated, uploaded to the site for students progress information. All students can view own grades and compare it with others‟. If any questions, they can post them on the comments to the same page.
One of the first assignments to all students groups was to write an essay, a BIO on their own page, post his/her picture on another Facebook table page and add a link to his/her BIO page. Below are the samples of students pics with links to their BIOs and samples of students writings (essays)
If you have 70 students total on the site at a time ( 4 groups of BI students and 2 groups of SE students ) and have them writing and posting their written works on site, you need to save your time observing and checking their ready posts and home works. DO IT ON ONE PAGE ( i.e. each for 2 different courses). Create ROSTER table for each course To manage it, firstly, post brief instructions for students, arrange a simple table for them and add some of your information as example. That ‘s it. Then students should post links to their pages in the cell lines when their homework in ready for revision. After that the teacher goes to his/her page via this link to revise the work . If it’s OK ( graded) – paint the cell GREEN, if it need to be corrected by the student – YELLOW, if it’s too bad – go RED. COLOR CODING OF ROSTER TABLE CELLS IS A MUST!
Especially important for ESP (both BI and SE) students is to get enough practice of native professional EL speakers listening and comprehension. So the wiki provides lot‟s of possibilities to embed and use different authentic video clips, webinars or webcasts on the topic. Video pages were firstly designed by the teacher and then followed by the students!
NOTE: Students‟ names are removed from the screenshots and slides. Only fragments of their BIO essays, uploaded pictures and slideshows are shown. All these pages are created and designed by students. Students linked their BIOs(essays) to their own pics or avatars on the Facebook page.
Below are some samples of students written assignments they posted on their pages and then linked to their cell line on the Roster Some pages show teacher‟s editing (mistakes are red colored, options are in blue) and feedback comments.
“Sorry, but we still have SE (IT) students on the same wiki”