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A presentation created for the week 3 task of the Moodle MOOC_Jun13

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    • Some tips based on the BaW experienceTeresa Almeida d’EçaMoodle MOOC (Jun 2013)
    • http://baw2013.pbworks.com/
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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’)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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!
    • -- 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)