Evaldesmat lecture feb2012

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Introduction to some of the issues about using online materials, and starting to consider evaluation of online materials

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  • Access: how accessible is a particular technology for learners? How flexible is it for a particular target group? Costs: what is the cost structure of each technology? What is the unit cost per student? Teaching and learning: what kinds of learning are needed? What instructional approaches will best meet these needs? What are the best technologies for supporting this teaching and learning? Interactivity and user-friendliness: what kind of interaction does this technology enable? How easy is it to use? Organisational issues: what are the organisational requirements, and the barriers to be removed, before this technology can be used successfully? What changes in organisation need to be made? Novelty: how new is this technology? Speed: how quickly can courses be mounted with this technology? How quickly can materials be changed?
  • Evaldesmat lecture feb2012

    1. 1. Evaluation and design of online materials February 2012 Ruby Rennie
    2. 2. Outline of session <ul><li>Introductory ideas: some areas to consider </li></ul><ul><li>Learning outcomes for your students </li></ul><ul><li>Finding out about materials </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating materials </li></ul><ul><li>Creating materials </li></ul><ul><li>Group task </li></ul><ul><li>Group report </li></ul>
    3. 3. AREAS TO CONSIDER IN ONLINE LEARNING <ul><li>Introductory ideas </li></ul>
    4. 4. Terminology <ul><li>Online learning </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning </li></ul><ul><li>Distance learning </li></ul><ul><li>Blended learning </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile learning </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>VLE </li></ul>
    5. 5. Keeping up <ul><li>Changing technology </li></ul><ul><li>New apps </li></ul><ul><li>Save useful links eg delicious http:// www.delicious.com /rubyr/ </li></ul><ul><li>The research basis </li></ul><ul><li>Theoretical justification </li></ul><ul><li>Receive notifications: emails; RSS feeds; podcasts; online discussions/forums http://www.futureofeducation.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network </li></ul><ul><li>Related journals </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul>
    6. 6. LEARNING OUTCOMES
    7. 7. First considerations <ul><li>Learner needs </li></ul><ul><li>Learner context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learner background issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal ideologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Behaviourist? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constructivist? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goals / outcomes </li></ul>
    8. 8. Systems and skills <ul><li>Reading, writing, listening, talking </li></ul><ul><li>Task-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-solving learning </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, discourse </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks and exercises (Ellis, 2003) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Simplified summary <ul><li>Learning doesn’t change </li></ul><ul><li>Processes don’t change </li></ul><ul><li>Issues don’t change </li></ul><ul><li>Consider tutor’s role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand your ideology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Start with learning outcomes </li></ul>
    10. 10. FINDING OUT ABOUT MATERIALS
    11. 11. Stepping up the double ladder <ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Theoretical justification for choices </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing appropriate materials </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding processes </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>World constantly changing </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding choices </li></ul>
    12. 12. Role of tutor <ul><li>Understand learning and learners </li></ul><ul><li>Plan, evaluate learning </li></ul><ul><li>Understand available technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate and reflect </li></ul><ul><li>Consider materials with outcomes </li></ul>
    13. 13. EVALUATING MATERIALS
    14. 14. Finding and keeping track <ul><li>http://delicious.com/rubyr </li></ul><ul><li>Set up own blog http://rubyonwheels.wordpress.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>bookmark online journals http://llt.msu.edu/ </li></ul><ul><li>Attend conferences and join groups http://ltsig.org.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Share with others; work collaboratively http://tesolmaterials.pbworks.com/w/page/20605955/FrontPage </li></ul>
    15. 15. Use systematic evaluation of learning <ul><li>Learning outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Learning processes </li></ul><ul><li>Plan and evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity of outcomes / tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Checklists to be systematic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Bates (1995) </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Bates (1995) ACTIONS model from Motteram (2011) Developing language-learning materials with technology In Tomlinson, B (2011) Materials Development in Language Teaching 2 nd edition Cambridge: CUP <ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity and user-friendliness </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational issues </li></ul><ul><li>Novelty </li></ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul>
    17. 17. CREATING MATERIALS
    18. 18. Useful tips <ul><li>Have a clear starting-point (blog? wiki? ) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t compete with professionally-produced materials </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of the range of possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t copy or repeat; embed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubyrennie/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If it ain’t worth it, don’t do it! </li></ul>
    19. 19. GROUP TASK
    20. 20. Collaborate with group <ul><li>Class wiki ttp ://tesolmaterials.pbworks.com/w/page/20605955/FrontPage Request access </li></ul><ul><li>Browse; add comments to wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http ://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://edcompblog.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://onlinell.wordpress.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://davidwarlick.com/wordpress/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blog-efl.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>delicious http ://www.delicious.com/rubyr/ Set up your own del.i.cious site </li></ul><ul><li>Take a lesson / activity either from your own ideas or from a textbook; the activity should be a writing task. </li></ul>
    21. 21. GROUP REPORT
    22. 22. References <ul><li>Ellis, R (2003) Task-based learning and Teaching Oxford: Oxford University Press </li></ul><ul><li>Motteram, G (2011) Developing language-learning materials with technology In Tomlinson, B (2011) Materials Development in Language Teaching 2 nd edition Cambridge: CUP </li></ul>

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