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Introduction to some of the issues about using online materials, and starting to consider evaluation of online materials

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  • 1. Evaluation and design of online materials February 2012 Ruby Rennie

2. Outline of session

  • Introductory ideas: some areas to consider
  • Learning outcomes for your students
  • Finding out about materials
  • Evaluating materials
  • Creating materials
  • Group task
  • Group report

3. AREAS TO CONSIDER IN ONLINE LEARNING

  • Introductory ideas

4. Terminology

  • Online learning
  • E-learning
  • Distance learning
  • Blended learning
  • Mobile learning
  • Web 2.0
  • VLE

5. Keeping up

  • Changing technology
  • New apps
  • Save useful links eg delicioushttp:// www.delicious.com /rubyr/
  • The research basis
  • Theoretical justification
  • Receive notifications: emails; RSS feeds; podcasts; online discussions/forumshttp://www.futureofeducation.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
  • Related journals
  • Conferences

6. LEARNING OUTCOMES 7. First considerations

  • Learner needs
  • Learner context
    • Learner background issues
    • Educational system
  • Personal ideologies
    • Behaviourist?
    • Constructivist?
  • Goals / outcomes

8. Systems and skills

  • Reading, writing, listening, talking
  • Task-based learning
  • Problem-solving learning
  • Grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, discourse
  • Tasks and exercises (Ellis, 2003)

9. Simplified summary

  • Learning doesnt change
  • Processes dont change
  • Issues dont change
  • Consider tutors role
    • Understand your ideology
  • Start with learning outcomes

10. FINDING OUT ABOUT MATERIALS 11. Stepping up the double ladder

  • Learning
  • Theoretical justification for choices
  • Choosing appropriate materials
  • Understanding processes
  • Technology
  • World constantly changing
  • Understanding choices

12. Role of tutor

  • Understand learning and learners
  • Plan, evaluate learning
  • Understand available technologies
  • Integration
  • Evaluate and reflect
  • Consider materials with outcomes

13. EVALUATING MATERIALS 14. Finding and keeping track

  • http://delicious.com/rubyr
  • Set up own bloghttp://rubyonwheels.wordpress.com/
  • bookmark online journalshttp://llt.msu.edu/
  • Attend conferences and join groupshttp://ltsig.org.uk/
  • Share with others; work collaborativelyhttp://tesolmaterials.pbworks.com/w/page/20605955/FrontPage

15. Use systematic evaluation of learning

  • Learning outcomes
  • Learning processes
  • Plan and evaluate
  • Authenticity of outcomes / tasks
  • Checklists to be systematic
    • E.g. Bates (1995)

16. Bates (1995) ACTIONS model from Motteram (2011) Developing language-learning materials with technology In Tomlinson, B (2011)Materials Development in Language Teaching2 ndedition Cambridge: CUP

  • Access
  • Costs
  • Teaching and learning
  • Interactivity and user-friendliness
  • Organisational issues
  • Novelty
  • Speed

17. CREATING MATERIALS 18. Useful tips

  • Have a clear starting-point (blog? wiki? )
  • Dont compete with professionally-produced materials
  • Be aware of the range of possibilities
  • Dont copy or repeat; embed
    • Flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/rubyrennie/
    • Slidesharehttp://www.slideshare.net/
    • Youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY
  • If it aint worth it, dont do it!

19. GROUP TASK 20. Collaborate with group

  • Class wikittp ://tesolmaterials.pbworks.com/w/page/20605955/FrontPageRequest access
  • Browse; add comments to wiki
    • http ://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/
    • http://edcompblog.blogspot.com/
    • http://onlinell.wordpress.com/
    • http://davidwarlick.com/wordpress/
    • http://blog-efl.blogspot.com/
    • http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/
  • delicioushttp ://www.delicious.com/rubyr/ Set up your own del.i.cious site
  • Take a lesson / activity either from your own ideas or from a textbook; the activity should be a writing task.

21. GROUP REPORT 22. References

  • Ellis, R (2003)Task-based learning and TeachingOxford: Oxford University Press
  • Motteram, G (2011) Developing language-learning materials with technology In Tomlinson, B (2011)Materials Development in Language Teaching2 ndedition Cambridge: CUP