How to Enable an E-portfolio Solution in EduLINC

Our lead mentor in BC, Paul Carter, delivered an expert webinar on Zoom on Tuesday to describe how to create e-portfolios for each learner in your EduLINC Moodle courses. If you weren’t able to attend or want to refresh your memory, Paul guides you through the process step-by-step and makes it look pretty easy:

Here is the link to the webinar video.

And links to the PDF handouts.

Adding Files to a Digital Portfolio on EduLINC

ePortfolio Idea-Moodle Folder Guide

Paul Carter

Hello from Paul Carter

Getting Up and Running on EduLINC during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Getting up and running on EduLINC
Click on the picture above to download the PDF file.

This new resource, Getting Up and Running on EduLINC during the COVID-19 Pandemic, supports teachers who want to adapt the EduLINC courseware to 100% online delivery during the current pandemic. It is suitable for both teachers who have and haven’t used the EduLINC courseware before. It includes:

  • background information to EduLINC and the courseware
  • advice on introducing the courseware to learners remotely (with Zoom)
  • how to get the courseware ready for learners
  • suggestions to improve course communication
  • recommended activities for 100% online delivery with links to help files
  • how to assess students online
  • solutions for learners to collect their digital artifacts
  • ideas for supporting learners

LearnIT2Teach and COVID-19 Tips

Lesson Plans and Learning English with Modern Technology Survey

We invite LINC instructors to use our NEW lesson plans about the use of technology for learning.

The in-class activities included in the lesson plans and the online survey were developed to support LINC instructors’ use of Blended Learning in their teaching and foster an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for integration of learning technology.

These Blended Learning activities help Newcomers understand the importance of digital literacy and IT in our lives today and engage them in low-stakes online interactions that will prepare them to access resources and services related to their settlement that are increasingly offered online.  

As part of the lesson plans, LINC learners are asked to participate in our online survey. The survey results are collected by New Language Solutions for the LearnIT2teach project. The survey is anonymous. Results may be used to inform technology planning and blended learning at your program.Program-level results to inform technology planning and blended learning implementation at your program can be requested from LearnIT2teach. If your program is interested in receiving program-level results, please ask your administrator, before learners complete the survey, to contact matthias @ learnit2teach.ca. You will be provided with instructions about how to replace the link and QR code to access the survey in the lesson plans.

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Administrator and Instructor Survey

Lesson Plans and Learning English with Modern Technology SurveyClick Here!

LINC administrators and instructors are invited to participate in our 2020 LearnIT2teach LINC Administrator and Instructor Survey. The survey responses will help to inform the LearnIT2Teach project to provide quality resources and services for LINC.

This is the third time we are asking for your feedback after 2012 and 2016. We continue to gather information on technology use and on issues that arise in each four-year time span. Reports on the findings of previous surveys can be found here: https://learnit2teach.ca/wpnew/learnit2teach-publications/

The results of this nation-wide survey will be summarized and published in a report to share with the Settlement Language Training sector. We will report on the current state of the use of Technology-Enabled Language Learning (TELL) in LINC and identify challenges in Blended Learning adoption and support needs of SPOs.

The survey should take you about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is anonymous and confidential. No data you provide will ever be associated with you or your program.

Click on this link to access the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LIT2Tsurvey

Scan the QR code to access the survey:

New Part 1 Learning Technology Leadership Group Begins Course Monday, January 6, 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 1.5 – 2 hours per unit. The course content includes readings, podcasts and videos, and course activities encourage sharing and collaboration with peers in the sector.

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 Edulinc.org;
  • The teacher training options provided by the LearnIT2teach Project to IRCC-funded language training professionals.

Part 2 focuses on:

  • 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, send a note to Rob McBride at admin @ learnit2teach.ca and he will send you a link to the online sign up form.

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 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.”

What Are the Effects of LINC Blended Learning?

What are the effects of LINC Blended Learning on learners, teachers and programs? Are there benefits or drawbacks? In September 2017 LearnIT2teach evaluators Jill Cummings, Matthias Sturm and Augusta Avram set out to gather evidence from field research at the LINC program in the Lower Mainland of B.C. Three teachers, 45 learners, the program manager and a learning technology support instructor were followed over a ten-month period. Entrance and exit tests using the CELPIP tools were used to assess language gains. Interviews and surveys of participants provided additional qualitative and quantitative data. Continue reading

Edulinc Teacher Showcase

Are you using Edulinc to teach a blended LINC class? Do you use Edulinc to support PBLA? Would you like to show other LINC instructors how Edulinc helps your teaching? Are you interested in sharing you enthusiasm for Edulinc at either the 2019 ATESL or TESL Ontario annual conferences? Would you like financial support to attend one of these conferences? If you answered yes to all of these questions, we may be able to help you attend a conference and would like to hear from you. Please complete this form by June 15 if you are interested.
https://forms.gle/GgBgFwPhtodLPbNf6

TESL Ontario Webinar: Learning Tech Innovation in the Adult Settlement Language Training Sector

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Presenter: Rob McBride

Where: TESL Ontario Group on Tutela http://www.teslontario.org/webinar-series

Webinar Description:

Online learning technology represents an opportunity and a challenge for adult ESL and LINC professionals. Learners want the language gains and flexibility that blended or online learning provides, and they need orientation to information technology because it’s so integrated in the landscape of daily life. But, many language training programs are held back by gaps in teachers’ skill, lack of reliable local Wi-Fi, shortages of paid release time, and shortcomings in leadership.

Since 2010, the LearnIT2teach project has provided learner courseware to support LINC blended learning and four stages of teacher training on how to put the courseware to work. Since 2015, the project has also provided an additional level of training for lead teachers and managers, Learning Technology Innovation Leadership (LTIL). The course is mentored and delivered online, and seven cohorts of leaders have progressed through the course. Participants in the course have self-identified as technology leaders, and their forum posts contain valuable lessons on change management and innovation.

This webinar is an opportunity to review and discuss:

  • lessons learned from LTIL participants
  • innovation theory and its application to the adult settlement language training field
  • the value of IT for successful settlement in Canada
  • the contents and value of the LearnIT2teach Language Learning Leadership Guide

LearnIT2teach

Website: www.learnit2teach.ca

Twitter: @learnIT2teach

LearnIT2teach is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Language Learning Leadership Guide https://leadership.learnit2teach.ca/

An evaluation report was published in 2018 on the Learning Technology Innovation Leadership course. It’s available at: http://learnit2teach.ca/wpnew/reports/LTIL_Participant_&_Program_Evaluat…

Webinar Type: Technology

Categories: Technology, organization, blended learning, online learning

Participant Level: No previous knowledge required

About the presenter:

Rob McBride is the LearnIT2teach Project Manager of Administration and Communication, and has been the Executive Director of New Language Solutions since its inception in 1983. Rob has worked as a teacher, researcher, writer and producer, principally in the settlement language training and adult literacy basic skills sectors. Rob works on projects where building basic knowledge and skills has the maximum positive impact on the work and personal lives of learners.

The Selected Annotated Bibliography

Adult Settlement Blended & Online Language Training:

What are the pros and cons of blended or online learning? Are there practical ways to introduce technology to the classroom? What impact can Web 2.0 have on program flexibility and learner outcomes? TESL professionals looking for research on blended and online language instruction in settlement programs have a convenient online resource for professional development and research; The LearnIT2teach Project continues to support the development and hosting of “The Annotated Bibliography: Adult Settlement Blended & Online Language Learning.” This Tutela online resource summarizes the contents of more than 100 articles from the research literature. The bibliography is divided into 16 sections ranging from Instructor Readiness to Learner Readiness and Learner Attitudes Toward Technology, all the way to Technology Tools.

Researchers Trudy Kennell and Maria Moriarty researched and wrote the bibliography and update it with new entries monthly. According to Trudy and Maria, “We were glad to have this opportunity. It gave us a chance to apply our separate backgrounds and depth of knowledge in the areas of language learning and blended learning. We were able to critically analyze some very useful research.”

Interesting surprises for the authors were the importance of digital technologies and the Internet in the lives of newcomers to Canada, and the role information technology plays in helping people stay connected to their home country while adapting and adjusting to life in Canada. Making their job a bit easier was, “The availability of such a wealth of material freely available – and just a couple of clicks away – educators, researchers, and scholars are so generous in sharing their thinking and their work.”