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Successful teaching and learning of languages online (apr 2017)

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Successful teaching and learning of languages online (apr 2017)

  1. 1. Successful teaching and learning of languages online Graham Stanley April 2017
  2. 2. About me graham.stanley@gmail.com @grahamstanley http://blog-efl.blogspot.com/
  3. 3. About you
  4. 4. Online learning and teaching CALL / teaching with technology online learning / e-learning / blended learning synchronous – live, in real time asynchronous – Martini factor CMC / VOIP / virtual classrooms remote teaching / videoconferencing LMS / VLE / CMS (Moodle, Schoology, Drupal, etc.) MOOCs / mobile learning Informal online learning (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Virtual worlds, games (Second Life, Minecraft) …and…?
  5. 5. Synchronous (live online) teaching and learning
  6. 6. High-end video conferencing (video conferencing equipment) • Purpose-made VC equipment and dedicated fibre-optic line Pros / Cons / Uses • Guaranteed connection, reliability, quality of experience • Expensive, teaching tied to where VC equipment is • Large class teaching, fixed timetables Videoconferencing
  7. 7. Low-end video conferencing (VOIP, virtual classrooms, etc) • VOIP software, domestic webcams and home-grade Internet Pros / Cons • Teaching and learning from anywhere, • Expensive, teaching tied to where VC equipment is • Small groups and one-to-one, flexible hours Videoconferencing
  8. 8. Preparing for the synchronous class
  9. 9. Webcam • Light / positioning / talking heads? / body language & gestures Sound • Who’s going to talk? When? • Headsets and microphones / quality / muting / feedback Presentation • Screenshare / upload / streaming / accessible elsewhere / video / audio / Technology
  10. 10. No connection / • Rescheduling / recording / alternative platform Partial connection • Audio / video / presentation accessible? Plan B
  11. 11. Motivating and engaging learners in synchronous teaching
  12. 12. Making it memorable and relevant • Audience / Q&A • Talking heads? / dynamics / variation vs distraction / gestures • Presentation : focus / clarity / images / • Virtual 3D worlds • Warmers / Ice-breakers / fillers • Check your learners are there (Leroy Jenkins - WoW) • Preparation / length? / vary tone of voice • Pre- & post-synchronous activities • Humour (but, don’t overdo it) …and…? Engaging synchronous learners
  13. 13. Asynchronous teaching and learning
  14. 14. Formal • MOOC • LMS / VLE / CMS • One-stop shop Informal • PLE / PLN • Social media (Facebook group, etc) • Small pieces loosely joined • Virtual world / game Asynchronous platform choice
  15. 15. Preparing asynchronous sessions
  16. 16. Platform access and use • Platform – easy access / registration / signposting • Martini effect – mobile? • Return visits worthwhile • Support if needed – responsive • Privacy concerns …and…? Technology
  17. 17. Motivating and engaging learners in asynchronous teaching
  18. 18. Making it memorable and relevant • E-moderation – good practice • Active and responsive (how much time?) • Develop CoP – encourage participation • Deadlines? / Length of course / Study load / Flexibility • Social aspect (forum, etc) • Group & pairwork considerations • Time difference • Intercultural considerations • Netiquette / dealing with griefers …and…? Engaging asynchronous learners

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