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

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

Hope it helps! Katie

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.

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

New Part 1 Learning Technology Leadership Group Begins Tuesday, April 14, 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:

  • 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, 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.”

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.

Learning English with modern technology lesson plan CLB1-4

Learning English with modern technology lesson plan CLB5

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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.”