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Teaching & learning online

  1. 1. Some tips based on the BaW experienceTeresa Almeida d’EçaMoodle MOOC (Jun 2013)
  2. 2. http://baw2013.pbworks.com/
  3. 3. Tips based on experiencethe suggestions given are based on a 10-year experienceof co-coordinating and co-moderating a 5-week onlineworkshop, Becoming a Webhead, for learning about Webcommunication tools for EFL/ESLmain tools used Yahoo Groups and its email feature as the main communicationmode a wiki as the content repository and collaborative site to promoteparticipant collaboration numerous Web communication tools (text, audio, video,vclassroom)
  4. 4. Planningstart weeks in advanceconsider every little detailtry to make everything clear and logicalwrite clear and to the point instructions (a ‘must’element in online teaching)create content during this phase
  5. 5. Team & team rolescoordinators (two of them are co-founders of the group)moderators are all former BaW participantsmods volunteer for the week/s they preferprepare the corresponding page, add tools, links &suggested readings to those pagesare given flexibility by the coords.moderate their week, reply to email and moderate thelive session
  6. 6. First stepson registering, participants receive a welcome messagethat includes the main content & tools in the workshopmoderators reply to emails in a timely way, eitherindividually or in groups (always write the names of eachrecipient)give help as soon as possible (it may make the differencebetween ‘making it’ or ‘breaking it’)
  7. 7. Workshop organization• motivating syllabus, clearly laid out• content organized by weeks, each week based on a differenttopic• different sections in the ToC in bold to call attention todifferent categories• course pages• weekly activities• forums• participants’ pages (only editable by participants)• useful sites (includes a Help page and a Glossary)• ToC should appear in all pages to help participants keep trackof everything
  8. 8. Synchronous activitieslive weekly webinars with a guest speaker, who is anexpert in the topic of the week all sessions are recorded for those not able to make it (there arepeople from most time zones and not everyone can attend)two reminders are sent out in advanceregular online hours (in Skype, for ex.) to give help in realtime, or mods. take turns in being available in Skype tohelp individually or in groups
  9. 9. Asynchronous activitiesmostly email, which helps build a sense of communitywiki where participants post their intro & photo, theartifacts produced during BaW, comments on the livesessions, final reflections and their gifts for theGraduation party (all this content goes into differentpages)
  10. 10. Advantagesself-paced learningno need to carry out all the activitiestotally hands-on: need to “do” in order to learncommunicate , collaborate and learn with a worldwidecommunity of peersbe among like-minded people who share the samecuriosities, needs and interests
  11. 11. More advantagesproject partnerships are generatedbonds and friendships are made for lifevoluntary professional developmentYahoo Group and wiki are kept online indefinitelya fun and pleasant way to advance professionally
  12. 12. Disadvantagestime consuming (if you wish to carry out all activities &participate in all live sessions)work overload difficult to follow and carry all activities due to problems incompromising work, family and professional developmenthard to keep up with immense message flow, esp. inweek 1 (then it reduces gradually)
  13. 13. This was a brief overview of an online professionaldevelopment “recipe” that has worked for 10 years.Many other things could be said, but not in a shortpresentation as this one.Thank you!
  14. 14. -- Becoming a Webhead (http://baw2013.pbworks.com/)-- Becoming a Webhead: First Steps in Blended andOnline EFL/ESL Teaching (http://www.tewtjournal.org/ :search for this title)-- Becoming a Webhead: Bridging the Gap fromClassroom to Blended and Online Teaching(http://bit.ly/107n4Ok)