Ontario LINC teachers have an additional incentive to complete Stage 3 of the LearnIT2teach training: graduates are now eligible for Post-TESL Certificate Training (PTCT) accreditation from TESL Ontario. Since 2012, TESL Ontario has been accrediting professional development or training that meets the standards set out in the PTCT framework. Stage 4 of the LearnIT2teach training was the first course to qualify for PTCT.
The focus of Stage 3 is using Moodle, an open-source learning management system, to support best practices in blended learning and settlement language training. Participants are introduced to adapting Moodle for language instruction. Teachers learn how to customize courseware, author activities, add dynamic content, enhance course communication with blocks, and utilize learning objects from the Tutela.ca collection. Participants should be teaching in a blended context as they are required to deploy a Moodle course with learners.
In order to meet the PTCT standards, Stage 3 has been revised to meet TESL Ontario’s requirements and is now a new course. Unfortunately, teachers who have already completed this stage of training do not qualify for the PTCT accreditation.