Avenue.ca is here!

IRCC’s new solution for online and blended settlement language training

The time is now for a new Moodle-based national learning management system for English and French settlement language training.  EduLINC has been serving the LINC Sector for ten years, but it needed to do more. The Avenue learning management system runs on the latest version of Moodle, and includes new activities, such as the workshop module, and improvements to existing activities, such as H5P and an electronic portfolio solution.  Teachers will have direct access to learning resources on Tutela when they log in. Avenue will offer more tools to administrators and teachers, including a user account manager giving teachers control over their course enrolments, student accounts and making it easier to move students between classes. 

To learn more details of the Avenue solution and the New Language Solutions response to COVID-19, watch a 13-minute video snapshot of Avenue, click here. You can also follow up that video by watching an archived Tour of Avenue by our Manager of Distributed Learning, Jim Edgar.

See you on the Avenue?

Avenue Update: Archived Zoom Webinar

Avenue is coming. On June 26th Jim Edgar, the LearnIT2teach-Avenue Project Manager of Distributed Learning, presented a Zoom webinar with an overview of Avenue, a discussion of release timelines and teacher course migrations, and a demonstration of the new portal and the learning management system (LMS). Avenue has been under development since January 2019 and by the end of this calendar year it will replace the EduLINC and LearnIT2teach LMSs.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjEE6yYgWXA&feature=youtu.be

What is the Digital Divide and what does it mean for our learners?

The lack of learner access to the Internet and information technology has long been a concern to professionals in the settlement language training sector. The opportunity for newcomers to engage with information technology is essential to successful adaptation to life in Canada in 2020. Now the suspension of face-to-face classes and the need to support learners with online distance solutions has amplified the importance to our clients of access to smart devices and the Internet. We’ve put together this infographic to clarify the difference between equitable access and non-access.

Digital Divide

Digital Divide PDF

New Part 1 Learning Technology Leadership Group Begins Tuesday, September 8th, 2020!

Six-week course is online and mentored

If you are a professional in an IRCC program looking to lead innovation in a LINC or ELT program, we have two-part Moodle-based online training to offer. Each part has six weekly units and the time demand is about two hours per unit. The course content includes readings, podcasts and videos, and course activities encourage sharing and collaboration with peers in the sector.

Google Form Sign Up

Part 1, a pre–requisite for Part 2, focuses on:

  • An orientation to Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) historically, and Technology-enhanced Language Learning (TELL) more currently. In the TELL class, learning technology is threaded through learning to be as pervasive and encompassing as information technology is in everyday life;
  • Blended learning as a language training practice;
  • The blended learning courseware and hosting provided by the LearnIT2teach to the LINC sector at Avenue.ca;
  • The teacher training options provided by the LearnIT2teach Project to IRCC-funded language training professionals.

Part 2 focuses on:

  • Case studies of LINC blended learning implementation together with practical tips and strategies;
  • Developing personal leadership skills to support learning technology innovation in a language training program;
  • Increasing knowledge of theory, evidence and better learning technology practices in the language training sector;
  • Formulating arguments and strategies to encourage and enable learning technology innovation within an organization, and with clients and funders;

Articulating the outline of a plan for local learning technology innovation.

If you are looking to delve deeper into the question of innovation in the settlement language training sector, use the Google Form to sign up for the September 8 group or indicate your interest in doing the course later.

Here are some comments from participants in the course:

“I would say that this course successfully took my knowledge of computers in the classroom through a profound paradigm shift. What I had previously seen as computer assisted language learning was only the tip of the learning opportunity iceberg. By looking at the use of technology to enhance what goes on in the language classroom, this allowed the door of expanding technology to be pushed wide open. Technology has a huge part to play to not only assist but enhance language learning. The Edulinc [Avenue] Courseware already created along with the amazing LMS tools available can make instructors jobs easier and more rewarding. With the concept of the flipped classroom, Teachers can be freed up to work one on one with students helping them develop skills at the students own pace instead of being the talking head at the front of the room. I am truly convinced this shift can and will be made in LINC classrooms in the future.”

“The six modules that we’ve gone through actually got me to refocus on my own understanding and gave me opportunities to think both deeper and wider on technology and blended learning in the language classroom. I really appreciate the integration of a wide range of materials and topics related to blended learning in this course, from theories to process and to the latest applications of technology in the educational fields. It has now dawned on me that our settlement language training sector has a lot to catch up to align with the 21st century. It is intimidating to a lot of our instructors because we are at the cross road between the old and new, and the new is approaching so fast. You don’t know how much you’re behind until you have the chance to see what’s out there. This course opens my eyes.”

“I’ve really enjoyed this online learning experience. It has been a pleasure reading all the well written posts from the group on the forum. I look forward to starting the next phase. The real work awaits with the plan on implementation.”

Webinar Recording: Introduction to H5P Basics for EduLINC Instructors

This May 22nd webinar by LearnIT2teach senior developer and mentor John Allan explains how teachers can find and add pre-made H5P learning objects to their EduLINC courses. John also demonstrates how to create a basic learning object using H5P. LearnIT2teach channel youtube recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r38UZSpLueQ&feature=youtu.be

Webinar Recording: Managing Learning Activities in LearnIT2teach Stage 2

This webinar by Senior Mentor and developer Nancy Van Dorp explains how teachers can use and manage the following pre-loaded activities in the EduLINC courseware: 1. Choice 2. SCORM 3. Blog 4. Forum 5. Glossary 6. Wiki 7. PoodLL Speaking Assignment.

The recording of the webinar is now uploaded and available for viewing on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/N3IC5s8PHiE

As promised, here is a help file on marking assignments: https://www.learnit2teach.ca/wpnew/Learnit2teach_other_help_files/Giving_Feedback_Annotating_Assignments.pdf 

[Specifically, you can see a  list of descriptions of the different annotations and stamps available when marking a written assignment.]


Webinar Recording: Customizing and Creating Content in LearnIT2teach Stage 2

This webinar was presented by project mentor Chayan Mallick on May 15th and focuses on the Customizing and Creating Content section in the Stage 2 training. Chayan demonstrates and answers questions about how to upload a File, add a URL (web link), insert and edit a Label, create a Choice activity and add a Page to the EduLINC courseware. Handout and PowerPoint: https://drive.google.com/drive/folder… Youtube Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkeLDikGPwQ&feature=youtu.be

Introduction to Courseware Blocks by Moodle Expert John Allan: Webinar Recording

This May 1st webinar by LearnIT2teach developer and mentor, John Allan, introduces viewers to the various blocks in the EduLINC (Moodle) courseware and explains how they can be manipulated by course editors/teachers.

Introduction to Blocks “How To” document

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF9j85wAoe0&feature=youtu.be

Using BigBlueButton in EduLINC: Question & Answer with Expert Katie Wightman

Hope it helps! Katie

This webinar addresses some teachers’ questions about using BigBlueButton on EduLINC after having first watched this video tutorial. Topics include: some advantages of using BBB, considerations for setting up a BBB conference on your course, file/presentation uploads, screen and video sharing, using breakout rooms, troubleshooting a few technical problems, helping lower-level students access BBB, and some ideas for synchronous teaching with BBB. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzVEoelOoLU

Stage 2 Question & Answer with Expert Mentor Marijke Geurts

Topics addressed in this webinar are: getting your learners started, making your course accessible to students, how to make audio recordings in activities, suggestions for using the forum, easy ideas for writing activities, keeping track of what students have done. April 28th Zoom recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLm6JbHqdZw

Enjoy!

Marijke.