Learning Technologies in EAP
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…and on that appalling pun, we usher in unit 7, available on Friday 26th at 10.00 November (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.
Well, this week we are back to our usual one-week unit, this one on the divisive topic of mobile phones (available Friday 19th November 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.
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The course is 10 weeks' long and the course modules are released on a Friday at 10.00 (UK time)
We estimate around 3-4 hours a week. We understand that you have busy working lives and we don't want to pile too much on top of that. We also hope that it integrates well with your teaching, so some of those hours are a natural part of what you do anyhow.
To help you organise your life around this course better, here are some of the key dates and tasks that need to be completed. If you are unclear about any of them, don’t hesitate to contact us on: email@example.com.
Friday 29th October to Wednesday 10th November: Group Assignment on virtual learning environments.
Friday 19th November: Individual final assignment set.
Friday 10th December: Final unit released.
Friday 17th December: Official end of course.
Friday 7th January: deadline for individual final assignment.
Friday 14th January: removal of access to course.
Generally, no. The idea behind the course is that you can work through it at times in the week that are suitable for you, whether that's early morning, evening or weekends. There are only two times during the course where you may need to be online at a specific time. Around three weeks into the course we give you the option of an online one to one chat with one of the tutors to discuss progress. Also at the end of the course we run a webinar to sum up the course and share experiences. And both of those are optional anyhow, so it's really your choice.
You need to complete all the modules and contribute reasonably to the course forums. In module 4 there will be a collaborative task with other members of the course that you will need to complete and at the end of the course there is a short final individual assignment for you to complete. If you do all these things, you will finish the course successfully and qualify for a certificate. There is no assessment/pass mark as such as we view this as a formative and developmental course.
Yes, you will, issued by the ELTC, University of Sheffield. However, there are no credits attached to this course, it’s purely developmental. Please note though that to receive the certificate, you need to complete all the final assignment and contribute regularly to the course forums.
In some form, yes. Participants who complete the course and submit the assignment will be given permanent access to a self-study version of the course containing most of the content and will be able to access the course forum via a special group set up.
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You should be able to access the website on either your phone or tablet just by going to the browser on your device and going to the site link. Most of the content should be visible and should fit well onto a mobile device.
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At the end of the course, you can request all of the data related to you (forum posts etc) to be made available in PDF format to keep.