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Essentials for Teachers New to Online Teaching


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Presented in 2014 on WIziQ as part of a MOOC

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Essentials for Teachers New to Online Teaching

  1. 1.,gr Marisa ConstantinidesMarisa Constantinides Teacher Educator – Director of StudiesTeacher Educator – Director of Studies CELT AthensCELT Athens
  2. 2. Where are you now? What time is it?Where are you now? What time is it?,gr
  3. 3.,gr 1. I live in the centre of Athens 2. I walk to school every day 3. I drive a BMW
  4. 4.,gr 1/ Teacher Skills & Knowledge1/ Teacher Skills & Knowledge • Analysing learner needs • Working without a coursebook • Materials design • Designing your own syllabuses • Supporting learning with other tools (edtech) • E-moderation skills
  5. 5.,gr 2 / Your Learning Space2 / Your Learning Space Making an informed choice – e.g. • Synchronous? +/- • Comfort level of instructor & learners • Student access issues • Specific features, e.g. screen sharing, text chat
  6. 6. Synchronous learning EnvironmentsSynchronous learning Environments,gr
  7. 7. Virtual Classrooms
  8. 8.,gr • Text chatText chat • AudioAudio • VideoVideo • File Upload/DownloadFile Upload/Download • Writing toolsWriting tools • Video Upload/DownloadVideo Upload/Download • Screen SharingScreen Sharing • Breakout RoomsBreakout Rooms • Online ContentOnline Content CharacteristicsCharacteristics
  9. 9. Asynchronous LearningAsynchronous Learning
  10. 10.,gr 3/ Learner Training3/ Learner Training • Invest time to train your Ss • Use LT as language lesson input • Make relevant to age, level & VLE •
  11. 11.,gr 4/ Connect your learners4/ Connect your learners • Use team building to form a cohesive group • Find/use a communication platform • Collaborative work outside class time • Provide training in collaboration skills
  12. 12. Encourage your Learners to formEncourage your Learners to form their own PLNtheir own PLN Create you own PLN !!Create you own PLN !!
  13. 13.,gr 5/ Connect WITH your learners5/ Connect WITH your learners • Allow for extra time outside class • Support your learners in different ways
  14. 14.,gr Supporting Learning ToolsSupporting Learning Tools
  15. 15.,gr 6/ Don’t Forget the Pedagogy6/ Don’t Forget the Pedagogy • Principles of sound pedagogy come first • Online does not mean lecturing • Technology is an aid not an end
  16. 16. Rethink how you…Rethink how you… PresentPresent BrainstormBrainstorm Do pair & groupworkDo pair & groupwork Do error correctionDo error correction Give feedbackGive feedback HomeworkHomework ProjectsProjects Manage the classManage the class
  17. 17.,gr 7/ Offline Materials7/ Offline Materials vs Online Materialsvs Online Materials Can you teach in exactly the same way asCan you teach in exactly the same way as you teach face-to-faceyou teach face-to-face?? • Objectives?Objectives? • Lesson focuses?Lesson focuses? • Approach?Approach? • Techniques?Techniques?
  18. 18. Two standard classroom activities Look through the descriptions of the next two activities and think -Can they be used in the same way? -What adaptations would you introduce to make them work in an online class?
  19. 19. Running Dictation A text is stuck on a wall away from the learners A runner goes back and forth dictating as much text as he was able to memorise His fellow group members listen and write They can ask spellcheck questions to which only the runner can answer When done, they all run up to the text and check own errors, if any
  20. 20. Information Gaps Student A has half a map Student B has the other half They describe their halves to each other and draw from the descriptions
  21. 21. Listen to the activities the tutor describes and decide if they can be usedListen to the activities the tutor describes and decide if they can be used onlineonline Yes No
  22. 22.,gr 8/ Always have8/ Always have a Plan Ba Plan B • Google Hangouts / Skype / Messenger • Alternative material or use of material in a different way
  23. 23.,gr 9/ Engage your Learners9/ Engage your Learners • Involve them in voice or text chat discussions • Use affordances of your VLE , e.g. breakout rooms • Check through frequent interactive activities •
  24. 24.,gr 10/ Pursue your own CPD10/ Pursue your own CPD
  25. 25.,gr Create your own PLNCreate your own PLN Image Source
  26. 26. Join or create aJoin or create a circle of trustcircle of trust through one orthrough one or more onlinemore online communities ofcommunities of educatorseducators
  27. 27. Thank you for being here!Thank you for being here!
  28. 28. Marisa ConstantinidesMarisa Constantinides CELT ATHENSCELT ATHENS TEFL MATTERS BLOGTEFL MATTERS BLOG CELT blogCELT blog