These are the slides from my closing plenary keynote at the 10th LLAS elearning symposium in Southampton, January 2015.
This presentation will discuss the notion of connected practice in language teaching and learning, drawing upon the speaker’s experiences as a language tutor in Higher Education. It will adopt a double focus, looking at teaching practice as well as professional development, and how these two areas are interconnected. It will aim at providing practitioners with ideas and approaches to support themselves in their teaching and in their own professional development.
The speaker will look at how technology has evolved from being a tool serving a set pedagogical purpose to becoming a defining pedagogical element underpinning the current shift to connectivist learning principles observed in language teaching.
Practical examples of networked learning will be discussed, on topics including the use of Twitter and blogging for professional development, and their possible applications to teaching, and the use of open discussion forums to encourage students to engage in open learning, reflexivity and critical thinking. Further examples will include collaborative vocabulary learning activities using Google documents and the production of open education resources.
The presentation will conclude with reflexions on the role of the language tutor in the current context, suggesting the need to position oneself as a networked practitioner and life-long learner in order to transmit a learning ethos to present and future students.