Wrapping up

Well, that went quickly, didn’t it? Friday 1st Aprilis officially the last day of the course and we make available the final unit, unit 8. Now, this isn’t really a full unit as such, rather it just wraps up the course, asks for feedback, gives you chance to register for your course certificate and explains how to stay in touch with us and learning technology once the course is over. The whole thing can be done in less than an hour, so don’t worry if you haven’t got here yet and you’re thinking ‘How am I going to get the chance to finish another unit as well as cope with everything else that’s going on?’.

Remember that you can sign up for an end of course webinar by letting us know your availability through this poll.

Also don’t forget the Final Assignment, due on 7th January – look at unit 6 for more information. However, if the assignment date is too soon for you given the current circumstances, please message us and we’ll do our best to try and arrange an extension.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this course and we hope you have too. Engaging with you in the forums and the online tutorials/webinars has been great and we sincerely hope that some of the basic principles we’ve explored have been useful for both you and your centres in these days of unprecedented pedagogical upheaval. We hope you manage to have a restful break and we look forward to reading through your final assignments.

Your corpora-tion is appreciated….

…and on that appalling pun, we usher in unit 7, available on Friday 18th March at 10.00 (UK time).  And this is really our last proper unit in the sense that unit 8 – the final unit – is quite short and is just designed to wrap up the course with no new content. So we wanted to make it a good one and as our punning title suggests, it’s on the topic of corpus linguistics and the web tools that can be used to explore corpora for useful information about academic language and to help create classroom activities. It’s a big topic and for that reason this is another two-week unit.

Oh, just one thing to remind you about: even if you aren’t anywhere near unit 7, in the first topic we talk about the end-of-course webinars we run for participants in the final weeks of the course, which are totally optional by the way. We put a link to a poll where you can let us know your availability so we can assign you to one of the webinar slots available, if you don’t think you are going to get to unit 7 anytime soon but would still like to attend one of the webinars, please go to this link and let us know your availability.  Don’t worry, you can still attend the webinars even if you are still working through the unit.

It’s all about the apps..

Well, this week we are back to our usual one-week unit, this one on the divisive topic of mobile phones (available Friday 11th March at 10.00 UK time). Most teachers have a bit of a love-hate relationship with these mobile devices. We know that they can be useful in so many ways as there’s so much power packed inside them and so many learning opportunities in the apps you can download, but at the same time they can be incredibly distracting for students during the lessons. We don’t want to skirt this issue. In fact, we address it head on at the start of the unit but then go on to explore how we can exploit these device in and outside the classroom.

Some of you may still be in catch-up mode, and that’s ok, but it might be worth just clicking into this unit to read about the Final Assignment. This is  the final reflective task you need to do on the course to officially complete it and it’s due on Friday 7th January (for Chinese teachers it will be later, please see the page for details) so do take a look ahead if necessary to find out more about it. There’s a space on that page if you want to ask any questions as well.

Floating into unit 5

We hope you enjoyed our reflective unit on VLEs, but we’re now back in the classroom with another two-week unit on Cloud Documents – available from Friday 25th February at 10.00 (UK time) –  and how they can be used to enhance the EAP classroom. Think Microsoft Word on steroids and you’ll get the picture: documents that can be accessed from anywhere and by anyone to create collaborative tasks and projects, and a few other tricks beside. We’re big fans and we hope we can convince you too if you’re new to them or give you some great ideas for using them in the classroom if you’re not.

Downing tools for unit 4

We’ve reached Unit 4, which becomes available on Friday 18th February at 10am UK time. You’ve had a chance to experience, try out and reflect on six very different tools so far and it’s been fascinating to read your responses to them in the forums.

In this unit we’ll be taking a break from trying out tools to cast a critical eye at one of the most unloved pieces of technology in higher education – the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

In this unit you’ll have a chance to work together with a few other people on your course to reflect on VLEs and how they fit into your institutions. There is a deadline of 24th February on this group task, so even if you haven’t finished the previous units, you can skip to the current one and work on the previous ones later. Make sure you get to the topic called Group task: researching your VLE as quickly as possible so you know who you are working with and what you have to do.

Week 3 and we’re getting visual…

Hey there, Unit 3 is available on Friday 4th February at 10.00 (UK time)  and it’s all about video. Big, important topic which we felt deserved a bit more time spent on it so this unit lasts for two weeks. This will give you time to work through the unit but also give you a chance to catch up if you’ve got a little behind.

In unit 3, we want to set up a very short online meeting with you individually just to check in, say hi, find out how things are going for you and learn a bit more about your context. You need to sign up for a slot on a form; however, if you are still working through units 1 and 2, you may not get to this in time to book a slot that works for you. If that’s the case, please just skip through to the topic called Signing up for a One-to-One tutorial in unit 3 to find a time that works for you.

 

Little to report except…

Just a reminder that there is no unit released this week (Friday 11th February) as the current unit on video lasts two weeks. Hopefully that is giving you a bit of time to catch up if you have got a little behind. However, if you are looking for something new, we have added a website of the week and useful tech tip a little further down the page. We’ll add a new one of these each week. Hope you find them useful.

Moving into week 2…

Wow, that went quickly, didn’t it? And it’s been great (virtually) meeting all of you, learning about your teaching context and hearing your opinions on Padlet.

Ok, unit 2 is released at 10.00 (UK time) on Friday 28th January, but don’t panic if you haven’t finished unit 1 yet, you can still work through that first and get to unit 2 a little later. Just don’t get too far behind as it can be tricky to catch up.

Some people will be joining the course late and if you are a bit confused as to what to do and how to get started, please watch the introductory video below. That should help you get going.

Welcome to the course

Thanks for joining us here. The tutor team of David Read, Nick Murgatroyd and Bashar Obeyed welcome you and hope you find the next 10 weeks engaging, stimulating and interesting. And – of course – we hope you learn a lot about using technology to enhance your EAP classes.

Now, the first unit will be available on Friday 21st January at 10.00 UK time and will be available by scrolling down to the bottom of this page. However, if you are here early, there are still things you can do. Please watch the introduction video below to get an outline of the course and information about how to access the course content. Good luck!