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EUROCALL Teacher Education SIG Workshop 2010 Presentation Sylvia Maciaszczyk

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EUROCALL Teacher Education SIG Workshop 2010 Presentation Sylvia Maciaszczyk

  1. 1. THE PERCEIVED SUCCESS OF AN ONLINE „I CT FOR ELT ” COURSE. Sylvia Maciaszczyk, M.A. Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities ; University of Warsaw Poland
  2. 2. Points discussed here: <ul><li>Context of the study </li></ul><ul><li>Description of the online course </li></ul><ul><li>Aim, objectives and methodology used </li></ul><ul><li>Research results and conclusions </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  3. 3. Context of the study <ul><li>A 12-hour course in the final semester of the MA English Studies programme at Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanties </li></ul><ul><li>Students: pre-service and in-service teachers (in all contexts), some writing their MA thesis connected with ICT while others have no ICT interest and/or experience. Some do not intend to become teachers. </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  4. 4. Aim and objectives <ul><li>What content and what design should you use for the ICT in ELT course in this context , with this variety of Ss? </li></ul><ul><li>To what extent are Ss dis/satisfied with the course under investigation? </li></ul><ul><li>Which elements of the course do Ss like and dislike? </li></ul><ul><li>How do Ss behave in the course? </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  5. 5. Methodology <ul><ul><li>Data collection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher observation of the course </li></ul><ul><li>End-of-course questionnaire </li></ul><ul><li>In-depth interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quantitative and qualitative </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  6. 6. Why an online course? <ul><li>Ss with all ICT proficiency levels </li></ul><ul><li>Ss with varied teaching experience </li></ul><ul><li>Busy Ss, writing their MA theses </li></ul><ul><li>T’s desire for Ss: - to learn from one another - to have easy access to Internet resources - to be able to share different perspectives and collaborate on tasks - to develop a positive attitude to technologies for learning - to be able to choose technologies and methods suitable for their context and needs of their Ss </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  7. 7. Course design <ul><li>Moodle platform </li></ul><ul><li>5 online modules, each open for a month </li></ul><ul><li>Each module: discussion forum + Internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Module 1: Do we need ICT in ELT? </li></ul><ul><li>Module 2: CMC-based online learning </li></ul><ul><li>Module 3: Evaluating CALL / online materials </li></ul><ul><li>Module 4: Webquests and Hot Potatoes </li></ul><ul><li>Module 5: Blogs and wikis </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  8. 8. Requirements <ul><li>Contribute 3 posts weekly to the forums </li></ul><ul><li>Build a portfolio:1, 2 or 3 out of four assignments: -- Evaluation of a webquest - Evaluation of a set of interactive quizzes - A set of Hot Potatoes - A plan for a lesson in a computer-lab </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  9. 9. General satisfaction (1) <ul><li>Are online forums a good platform for reflection and exchange of ideas in teacher education? - Yes: 26 Ss - No: 0 - I don’t know: 0 </li></ul><ul><li>Comments: Ss can share ideas and experience, talk about problems they have in teaching, voice their doubts. ‘Peer-to-peer’ learning. </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  10. 10. General satisfaction (2) <ul><li>Do you think an online course is a worthwhile experience for pre-service / in-service teachers of languages? - Yes: 24 Ss - No: 1 S (no comment provided) - I don’t know: 1 S (comment: no access to technology in the school where I teach) </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  11. 11. How interesting did you find each module? <ul><li>Module 1: Do we need ICT in ELT? - very interesting: 3 Ss - interesting: 19 Ss - not interesting: 3 Ss - I don’t know: 1 S </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  12. 12. How interesting did you find each module? <ul><li>Module 2: CMC-based online learning - Very interesting: 4 Ss - Interesting: 17 Ss - Not interesting: 3 Ss - I don’t know: 1 S </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  13. 13. How interesting did you find each module? <ul><li>Module 3: Evaluating CALL / online materials - Very interesting: 5 Ss - Interesting: 16 Ss - Not interesting: 3 Ss - I don’t know: 2 S </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  14. 14. How interesting did you find each module? <ul><li>Module 4: Webquests and Hot Potatoes - Very interesting: 13 Ss - Interesting: 13 Ss - Not interesting: 0 - I don’t know: 0 </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  15. 15. How interesting did you find each module? <ul><li>Module 5: Blogs and wikis - Very interesting: 13 Ss - Interesting: 9 Ss - Not interesting: 4 Ss - I don’t know: 0 </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  16. 16. Conclusion <ul><li>Ss generally prefer the two final modules to the three initial modules. Why? - because Ss have had the time to feel at ease in the course - because the two modules are less ‘theoretical’ than the Modules 2 and 3 </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  17. 17. Did you read posts written by other Ss? <ul><li>I read all or most posts: 6 </li></ul><ul><li>I read about half of the posts: 11 </li></ul><ul><li>I read fewer than a half of the posts: 6 </li></ul><ul><li>I read few of the posts: 3 </li></ul><ul><li>I read none of the posts: 0 </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t know: 0 </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  18. 18. Teacher observation and Conclusion <ul><li>In their posts Ss often refer to people who have written post before them. </li></ul><ul><li>Ss generally read posts by other Ss. </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  19. 19. Did you feel that reading posts written by other Ss has raised your awarness of how to use technologies with your Ss? <ul><li>Yes: 18 Ss </li></ul><ul><li>No: 6 Ss </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t know: 0 </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  20. 20. Teacher observation in the 1st month <ul><li>Ss copy / paste from sources without acknowledging them </li></ul><ul><li>Ss contribution to the forums - not satisfactory </li></ul><ul><li>>> in the 2nd month: always acknowledge the source (link) + Ss start threads </li></ul><ul><li>>> Ss contribution visibly better + Ss dislike of the ‘always acknowledge the source’ requirement </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  21. 21. Forum requirements <ul><li>Solution 1: T starts threads (>>poor Ss contribution) </li></ul><ul><li>Solution 2: Ss and T start threads (>> better contribution). Solutions 2 is: </li></ul><ul><li>good: 21 Ss </li></ul><ul><li>not good: 3 Ss </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t know: 2 Ss </li></ul><ul><li>Comments: Ss have interesting, controversial, questions to ask; „I got more involved”, </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  22. 22. Things Ss didn’t like in the course <ul><li>Repetition of ideas in Ss contributions on the forums </li></ul><ul><li>The requirement of three posts weekly </li></ul><ul><li>Too many threads open at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>Time-consuming </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  23. 23. Things appreciated in the course: <ul><li>Hot Potatoes! (empowering!) </li></ul><ul><li>The opportunity to share your own experience / doubts </li></ul><ul><li>The opportunity for Ss to initiate discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Topics / issues discussed </li></ul><ul><li>Internet resources selected by T and the Introductions written by T </li></ul><ul><li>Links provided by other Ss </li></ul><ul><li>T actively involved in the discussions </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  24. 24. Next year… <ul><li>… start with Hot Potatoes (as an appetizer / ice-breaker) </li></ul><ul><li>… require from Ss to initiatie discussion from the onset of the course </li></ul><ul><li>Do more research as some questions remain unanswered… </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  25. 25. Questions unanswered: <ul><li>How do I get Ss NOT to repeat what others have already written? Possible solutions: - Open more threads? - Give up the ‘3-posts-weekly’ requirement? </li></ul><ul><li>What other forms of discussion I could try? </li></ul><ul><li>Is discussion + portfolio the best way to acheive the course objectives? </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk
  26. 26. <ul><li>Thank you  </li></ul><ul><li>Sylvia Maciaszczyk </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG. Lyon: 27 May, 2010. Sylvia Maciaszczyk

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