Name of course
Which course are you going to write about?
Corpus skills for teachers
Orientation: did the course make the course design clear through a course orientation, introductions, a syllabus, summaries at the beginning/end of units, clear navigation?
The course contained introductions, an outline of the units and their learning outcomes, summaries and a clear navigation.
Learning outcomes: did the course provide clear learning outcomes for the whole course and individual modules/units/lessons?
The course had clear learning outcomes, such as ”by the end of this unit, you will design 3 corpus activities using Sketch Engine.
Assessments: are there periodic checks of students’ progress through a variety of activities? Are the assessment activities linked to the learning outcomes?
We didn’t have any assessments during the course, only the final one.
Course materials: are they relevant, free of unnecessary content, and organised in a logical sequence of meaningful chunks?
The material was designed in a clear way and although the concepts presented were complex, they managed to break it down.
Instructional Strategies: does the course use best practices in the design of the content (e.g. principles of online content design – coherence, multimedia etc)? Are there opportunities for interactions between the students themselves and between the students and the teacher?
The only principle that was not followed exactly is that of the interaction. I believe we should have weekly lessons there as well practising designing corpus tasks and more collaboration among the students.
Technology and multimedia
Technology and multimedia: does the use of technology (e.g. VLE or course platform) help meet the learning outcomes of the course? Do the course materials provide clear support and guidance for students on how to use the technology on the course or who to contact if they have problems?
It was clear how to use all the technologies used in the course.
Navigation and accessibility
Navigation and accessibility: Is the navigation/layout easy and accessible for students? Is it easy to find all the course materials and are assignment submissions clearly signposted and easy to locate?
Yes, the final assessment though could have been given at the beginning of the course.