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Joanne Mitten: Revising Your Syllabus

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Joanne Mitten: Revising Your Syllabus

  1. 1. Revising your Syllabus Meeting learners’ needs and expectations. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid
  2. 2. ©Eaquals #eaquals19madrid The Importance of Expectation vs. Reality…
  3. 3. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019 www.eaquals.org 3 Intended Learner Outcomes – ATC Junior Centres Communication Skills Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Increased Confidence Teamwork and Collaboration Engagement in Irish Culture
  4. 4. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019 www.eaquals.org 4 The Reality of Summer Centres… Come on now... Be honest ;)
  5. 5. ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 5 Standardisation Further Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019
  6. 6. ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 6 Put the pieces together... the first steps. Make lesson planning and delivery smooth. Create better links between the classroom and the tours. Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019
  7. 7. ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 7 How did we do it? Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019
  8. 8. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference, Madrid, 2019 www.eaquals.org 8 “If the structure does not permit dialogue, the structure must be changed.”* Paulo Freire *Ok, I added this one in...
  9. 9. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019 www.eaquals.org 9 Syllabus Overview
  10. 10. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019 www.eaquals.org 10
  11. 11. ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 11 The Writing Timeline
  12. 12. ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 12 ATC Junior Platform Learning Outcomes Videos and Online Tasks Weekly Plans
  13. 13. ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 13 Tour Information Videos Post course tasks Exam materials Sparking learner engagement
  14. 14. ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 14 Student View BYOD* *The D is for device... Not dog unfortunately...
  15. 15. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019 www.eaquals.org 15 The ATC Learning Journal
  16. 16. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019 www.eaquals.org 16 Clear the Slate If you have to start from scratch to get the best outcome... Do it! Get Clarity – What’s Your Vision? Involve as many stakeholders as you can to achieve a clear overview of what will work Be Honest Involve your teachers, academic managers and centre managers. What’s wrong now? What can be improved? Writing Team Provide a clear brief. Provide a model. Provide clear formatting guidelines Where to Start?
  17. 17. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019 www.eaquals.org 17 Practical Tips Timeline Track Progress Prioritise Amend Keep on track Keep in mind: School facilities Learner needs Accreditation bodies Budget Moderate submissions regularly On brief? Formatting correct? Levels standardised? Test! Pilot Take feedback Adjust Roll out again Train! Principals Teachers Activity Leaders Learners
  18. 18. ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 18 Project Outcomes Academic standardisation across 8 large centres. Increased learner communication. Increased engagement on tours. Less pressure on teachers.
  19. 19. ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 19 And of course... You’re never finished Review Rethink Revise Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019
  20. 20. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference, Madrid 2019 www.eaquals.org 20 Thank You! Email: Twitter: @j_s_mitten Skype: joanne_mitten

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