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Online language learning for LCOnline

  1. 1. The Web, my browser and me Melanie Leggatt IT and CALL Officer Modern and Medieval Languages
  2. 2. What you can achieve with a computer, a network connection and your inspiration
  3. 3. And no money
  4. 4. A bit of a gallop so lots of supporting links available online after the session
  5. 5. Some assumptions
  6. 6. Primarily – that this isn't you
  7. 7. Quite the opposite – that you're bubbling over with ideas
  8. 8. You just need the tools to make it happen
  9. 9. Introducing you to these tools, where to find them and the possibilities is the focus of this session
  10. 10. Caveat emptor
  11. 11. First rule of web design - start with pencil and paper The appropriate use of technology
  12. 12. Only when you've successfully defined your goals should you start using digital tools Otherwise you risk going round and round in circles
  13. 13. Getting the basic building blocks right will make using and creating cool stuff later on much easier
  14. 14. Traditional language labs were very expensive and often left students bored and unenthused
  15. 15. With Web 2.0 things have changed! Today there are too many excellent resourc
  16. 16. Before we go any further, an aside about Web 2.0 – just what is it?
  17. 17. Initially with Web 1.0 we all tooled up and went shopping, then something changed. . . We stopped being merely consumers and started creating instead. Web 2.0 meant write access for all!
  18. 18. Lots of people posted their own resources and made them freely available for sharing
  19. 19. Writing for the Web became accessible and easier – no longer the sole domain of geeks
  20. 20. Today, the challenge lies in developing the skills to find what you want
  21. 21. So, we have whole world of digital creativity to explore
  22. 22. Creating Sharing Publishing and Curating
  23. 23. Chargeable proprietary, proprietary at no cost vs freely distributed
  24. 24. Free offerings from commercial companies, or are they? If it seems to good to be true, is it? An informed choice
  25. 25. 1. Creating and storing
  26. 26. Writing online. Offerings from e.g. Google and Microsoft
  27. 27. Sharing online. With colleagues, friends or students
  28. 28. Downloading free office suites and then storing your files online at no cost
  29. 29. Photo storage and editing and sharing Flickr now offer 1 terabyte of storage
  30. 30. And video storage and editing too!
  31. 31. Services like Jolidrive provide a one-stop portal for you to access your documents and storage
  32. 32. They can even tell you how much storage you can amass Over 20 gigabytes of storage are on offer here
  33. 33. But there is no excuse for not keeping a local backup of your files
  34. 34. 1. Creating and storing REVIEW Creating Storing Editing All at no cost
  35. 35. 2. Sharing
  36. 36. Collecting other people's resources – legitimately sharing your own
  37. 37. Using other people's materials legitimately means you can relax about posting your work online
  38. 38. And you can chill out knowing you've reciprocally shared back
  39. 39. So how do we find all this stuff?
  40. 40. One-stop shop The Creative Commons 1,000s images, sound and video files
  41. 41. Listings of online radio stations Or newspapers
  42. 42. cultural and educational media sites
  43. 43. And guides to television channel listings
  44. 44. Reviewed listings of the best sites
  45. 45. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel
  46. 46. So you've created or found lots of content How do you take it to the next level?
  48. 48. One of the best potted definitions of social media around
  49. 49. Clearly, some aspects of social media are more relevant to your professional life than others
  50. 50. Places to be seen. . .
  51. 51. Sharing resources, discovering new ones, joining groups, making contacts
  52. 52. Lots of very active groups out there
  53. 53. Follow the most productive blogs
  54. 54. Use the review sites to make the most of the specialist social media sites
  55. 55. Which neatly takes us back to systems like diigo to help us manage all this information
  56. 56. Other social media sites probably aren't so useful. What of FB?
  57. 57. Too much leakage. Keep your personal and professional profiles separate
  58. 58. 2. Sharing REVIEW Searching Getting social Being seen All at no cost
  59. 59. 3. Publishing and curating
  60. 60. 3. Publishing and curating
  61. 61. So you've acquired all this great stuff LEARNING You want to organise it for yourself TEACHING You want to share it with students IDENTITY You want to include it in your site to establish your online profile
  62. 62. Thankfully for us, publishing is now as easy as falling off the proverbial log
  63. 63. Achieving it with style and elegance still takes some skill though
  64. 64. The best of the best publishing tools
  65. 65. – curating and displaying your favourite content created by you and others
  66. 66. User-friendly content systems like Wordpress (or Blogger) make creative publishing easy
  67. 67. If you can insert an image in a Word document you CAN drive Wordpress
  68. 68. Excellent support, customisation and content integration
  69. 69. Full multilingual support
  70. 70. Ernesto Priego's Wordpress site is a good example of what an individual can achieve on their own
  71. 71. More examples
  72. 72. a superior film criticism website with post-doctoral contributors Why not invite contributors to your site?
  73. 73. Catherine Grant’s
  74. 74. Ruth Page’s
  75. 75. Benny Lewis' Over 500,000 readers
  76. 76. – check out what other people have done
  77. 77. for pure interdisciplinary inspiration
  78. 78. Some advanced inspiration for teaching. . .
  79. 79. Forums and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) Get hands-on and interactive with your students
  80. 80. Moodle is free and can run on a very modest computer The Computing Service can host it, or you can pay for a commercial site
  81. 81. The OU system is based on (an albeit very customised version of) Moodle
  82. 82. Fluency practice Writing development Managing and mashing together content Quizzes Grading Student interaction with and without your input All possible in VLEs like Moodle
  83. 83. All these tools can be fully integrated – do as much or as little as you like
  84. 84. What next?
  85. 85. All these tools can be fully integrated – do as much or as little as you like
  86. 86. Explore the links on the page we'll supply you with
  87. 87. What next. . .
  88. 88.
  89. 89. Email with ideas