Model Blended Course TESL Ontario2009


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Practical Demonstration of a Blended Course

This model course provides EFL learners with more organization, variety and consistency in their learning. Learning with this resource occurred in a blended mode. Course features included: Student of the day, Calendar, Upcoming Events, Safety Word, Technical Word, Safety Word Poster, Glossary Creation, Teacher Details, Google Search, Google Translate, a link to the sponsoring company’s website, Job Search, TeacherTube,, BBC Learning RSS feeds, Forums and 12 additional standard features.

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Model Blended Course TESL Ontario2009

  1. 1. Our Course A Model blended ESP course John Allan
  2. 2. impetus <ul><li>independent venture </li></ul><ul><li>provide the students with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>variety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consistency in learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>apply Moodle to another situation </li></ul>
  3. 3. Budget <ul><li>“ Zero” </li></ul><ul><li>developed at home in evenings </li></ul>Tech Support “ Nil”
  4. 4. Students <ul><li>EFL learners in a foundations program </li></ul>
  5. 5. Course <ul><li>Students have 3 hours each day in this course that focuses on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>safety vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>technical vocabulary </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. plus <ul><li>students have 3 additional hours per day studying English grammar </li></ul><ul><li>(none of this content is in Moodle) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Modes <ul><li>blended (the face-to-face classroom) </li></ul><ul><li>on-line used by students at home </li></ul>
  8. 8. Topics (center region) <ul><li>each week is broken down into topics </li></ul><ul><li>long rectangles in the center of the screen </li></ul><ul><li>topics have three sections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Topics area activity types <ul><li>Quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Glossaries </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoints </li></ul><ul><li>PDFs </li></ul><ul><li>Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperlinks </li></ul><ul><li>Text documents </li></ul>
  10. 10. PowerPoint Lectures
  11. 11. activity directories
  12. 12. worksheets
  13. 13. polls
  14. 14. glossaries
  15. 15. quizzes
  16. 16. Additional Features <ul><li>Blocks along the side…… </li></ul>
  17. 17. Standard Blocks <ul><li>Standard Blocks include …… </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming events </li></ul><ul><li>Search forums </li></ul><ul><li>Random Glossary Entry </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul>
  18. 18. Random Glossary Entry Block <ul><li>Student of the day </li></ul><ul><li>Random rotation </li></ul><ul><li>motivational tool </li></ul><ul><li>student has special responsibilities in the class </li></ul>
  19. 19. Random Glossary Entry Block <ul><li>a random single visual and text item that provides environmental reinforcement of the week’s technical & safety vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Drawn from the course glossaries </li></ul>
  20. 20. Random Glossary Entry Block <ul><li>glossary creation block </li></ul><ul><li>students input their assigned terms to a Moodle glossary </li></ul><ul><li>great activity </li></ul>
  21. 21. Calendar <ul><li>a visual organizer for events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>user </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>institutional </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Upcoming Events <ul><li>listing of the activities related to the class </li></ul><ul><li>builds consistency and trust in the course </li></ul>
  23. 23. Remote RSS Feeds Block <ul><li>RSS feed subscription… ”ESL worksheets” </li></ul><ul><li>extra tasks </li></ul>
  24. 24. Remote RSS Feeds Block <ul><li>BBCLearning - ESL/EFL dedicated current events site </li></ul>
  25. 25. HTML blocks <ul><li>HTML Blocks only </li></ul><ul><li>None from - Modules and plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Reason: no dedicated support and erratic upgrades </li></ul>
  26. 26. Information poster <ul><li>contact details about the instructor </li></ul><ul><li>yes, a phone number is a good idea but…… </li></ul>
  27. 27. Google Translate <ul><li>Launches translation tool </li></ul><ul><li>used as a bridge for terms </li></ul><ul><li>alternative as some of the students could not afford mandatory digital translators </li></ul>
  28. 28. Safety Word poster <ul><li>a colourful visual that provides environmental reinforcement of the week’s safety vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>it can be printed to be used as a search and identify activity ( </li></ul>
  29. 29. Technical Word poster <ul><li>can be printed for classroom display </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  30. 30. Another “Wordle” feature: <ul><li>Visual of course participants </li></ul>
  31. 31. Kharaama .com <ul><li>a link to the sponsor’s website </li></ul>
  32. 32. Esthetic collage display <ul><li>animated sequence of student portraits </li></ul><ul><li>a result of a digital picture taking activity </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  33. 33. Internet Search <ul><li>quick access to Google search </li></ul><ul><li>launches a full Google search window </li></ul>
  34. 34. Basic web link <ul><li>a link to the sponsor’s website </li></ul>
  35. 35. Job search skills <ul><li>extension of basic job search skills </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Web2.0 skills….. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>registering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>channels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uploading </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. TeacherTube videos <ul><li>TeacherTube the site - not the channel </li></ul><ul><li>targeted lessons </li></ul><ul><li>played within the block </li></ul>
  37. 37. Visual thesaurus <ul><li>creates word relationship diagrams </li></ul>
  38. 38. ESLVideo Quizzes <ul><li>nice resource of videos with a quick quiz </li></ul><ul><li>sometimes resources cannot be wedged in! </li></ul><ul><li>problem in block due to dimensions </li></ul><ul><li>embed as a separate ”weblink” in the topics section of the course </li></ul>
  39. 39. Focused Pronunciation <ul><li>Forvo for listening to discrete items and pronunciation </li></ul>
  40. 40. Links to visual data <ul><li>graphs through Swivel </li></ul><ul><li>create or read a graph </li></ul>
  41. 41. Step by step procedures <ul><li>sequencing for writing or speaking </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  42. 42. Quick access to presentations <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>sharing of presentations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tool Presentations” </li></ul>
  43. 43. Animated screen tutorials <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>provide required tutorials for computer based tasks </li></ul>
  44. 44. Hot Potatoes Content <ul><li>external Hot Potatoes Content </li></ul>
  45. 45. Building an avatar <ul><li>body attributes using nouns and adjectives </li></ul>
  46. 46. Charting the weather <ul><li>chart vocabulary (trends) </li></ul><ul><li>weather terms </li></ul>
  47. 47. Visitor’s map <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Not very successful due to “closed” Moodle </li></ul>
  48. 48. Personality & Description <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Your personality type : Warm-hearted, popular and conscientious. Tend to put the needs of others over their own needs. Feel strong sense of responsibility and duty. Value traditions and security. Interested in serving others. Need positive reinforcement to feel good about themselves. Well-developed sense of space and function. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Polls <ul><li>create polls for external community </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  50. 50. Blocks add <ul><li>variety to this course </li></ul><ul><li>consistency/routines </li></ul><ul><li>visual appeal </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of location for ESL learners </li></ul><ul><li>seemingly unlimited potential </li></ul>
  51. 51. Others…. <ul><li>Wordle </li></ul><ul><li>Linked In </li></ul><ul><li>FaceBook </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Slide </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace….. </li></ul>
  52. 52. Questions
  53. 53. Forums <ul><li>Used for general queries and also to discuss one issue. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Comments <ul><li>this course been a great asset in making the course more structured </li></ul><ul><li>means of efficiently creating quizzes and exams </li></ul><ul><li>consistency/routines </li></ul><ul><li>paper copies </li></ul>