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The amazing opportunities that E-learning offers expats


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This presentation was delivered at the 2014 Expatica "I Am Not A Tourist" Fair in #amsterdam

The #elearning explosion in recent years offers an amazing amount of opportunities to #expats. This is true #learning without borders. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and an interest. Whether you wish to pursue a formal qualification such as a university degree, simply learn something new or even teach an online class yourself, this presentation will take you through this fast growing phenomenon.

Renée Veldman-Tentori first discovered e-learning as an Australian expat in The Netherlands in 2002. She was one of the very first students for the Open University UK's "Open Learn" programme and has obtained a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Tourism) through Swinburne University in Australia - completing half of the degree living in The Netherlands and the other half living in Australia. Renée is a social media trainer who created the Zestee Social Media School from scratch, building the website and course material herself, and has now taught several hundred students from all around the world online. She regularly follows e-learning courses online herself, and is closely following this fast-growing trend.

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The amazing opportunities that E-learning offers expats

  1. 1. The amazing opportunities that E-learning offers Expats Renee Veldman-Tentor i
  2. 2. Today's Class 1. Share my story 2. Do you want to learn? 3. Do you want to teach?
  3. 3. My story.... - Lifelong learner - Dutch Australian - Lots & lots of informal study - Formal qualification: Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Tourism) - Studied between 2 countries and through 2 pregnancies - Now teaching - Internet has changed the world!
  4. 4. “We are experiencing an e-learning explosion. It truly is learning without borders. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and an interest” –Renee Veldman-Tentori
  5. 5. Do you want to learn? Here's how to get started......
  6. 6. 5 Things to think about first.... 1. What are your learning goals? e.g. Where are you now and where do you want to be? 2. What are your resources? e.g. Budget, time, iPad? 3. What is your learning style? e.g. Visual? Text? 4. Do you require a formal qualification? 5. Consider your current & future career options and come up with a plan - or just explore
  7. 7. Some terms to know E-learning: Using electronic media & ICT in learning. Can occur in or out of classroom. Online learning: another term for e-learning Distance learning (education): students not physically present MOOC: Massive Open Online Course - unlimited participation Digitaal Onderwijs: Dutch term CBI: Computer Based Instruction TEL: Technology Enhanced Learning WBT: Web Based Training
  8. 8. 10 Recommended Resources to get started
  9. 9. 1. A Career in your suitcase Work out your learning goals first
  10. 10. 2. Open University UK OpenLearn One of the leaders in this field
  11. 11. 3. Skillshare Learning for fun and exploring interests
  12. 12. 4. Udemy Learning for fun but also qualifications
  13. 13. 5. Coursera Take the world's best courses online for free
  14. 14. 6. Creative LIVE Photography, Art, Design and more
  15. 15. 7. TED & TEDx Talks A treasure trove of ideas and inspiration
  16. 16. 8. Podcasts & iTunesU Listen and learn e.g. Social Media Examiner
  17. 17. 9. Hootsuite, Grovo etc Digital Skills - fill in the gaps
  18. 18. YOU 10. + Google or App Store The (digital) world is waiting for you!
  19. 19. Do you want to teach? Here's three ways to do that....
  20. 20. 1. Build an online school Wordpress + Woo Themes Sensei
  21. 21. 2. Learning to teach online: Enroll in a Coursera course!
  22. 22. 3. Teach via Skillshare Become a course instructor and earn money!
  23. 23. “The knowledge out there is exciting but overwhelming. Frenzy, fatigue, focus is a theory I live by.” –Renee Veldman-Tentori
  24. 24. Renee Veldman-Tentori Sign up for e-newsletter and receive a list of links to all resources and social media & e-learning tips