FREE Learning Technology Professional Development for IRCC-funded language training programs.
Teacher preparation to deliver online or blended learning & a leading-edge learning management solution for language learning on Avenue.ca.
Since 2010 New Language Solutions has operated the LearnIT2teach Project for the benefit of IRCC-sponsored language teachers. Until August 2020, our learning portal was EduLINC.org, but on August 17th we launched a new and much improved solution, www.avenue.ca.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS:
The Avenue – LearnIT2teach Project is supported by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to offer LINC teachers and managers in IRCC-funded programs the tools and training to integrate Technology-enhanced language learning (TELL) into language training programs. Threaded throughout the training are Chickering and Gamson’s good teaching principles1. Teachers in the online STAGEs have support from a TESL mentor with TELL experience, as well as access to a Live Help ‘on-call’ expert.
1 Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education By Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson.
We offer IRCC-funded language training professionals four stages of teacher professional development, plus a Learning Technology Innovation Leadership course for coordinators or teachers who want to lead innovation locally:
This stage is only necessary if a teacher has lower digital skills. All teachers complete a diagnostic test and if they achieve 70%, they proceed directly to Stage 1. If they don’t, They’ll need to complete a digital skills development course that takes up to four hours.
This stage takes place online and introduces the LearnIT2teach approach to blended and online learning. Stage 1 gives an overview of further STAGEs of training available to eligible teachers. Participants are oriented to important e-learning concepts. The stage emphasizes how the courseware and Avenue support PBLA through a guided tour of sample activities and resources available in the LINC courseware.
This online training provides a fast track to the requisite skills teachers need to start deploying the courseware and using it with students. After successfully completing multimedia quizzes and software simulations, LINC teachers are ready to start using the courseware with newcomers shortly after entering STAGE 2.
Upon entering this STAGE, participants start delivering and adapting the courseware to their teaching context. They identify their target CLB or LINC level(s) and are set up with their own courseware pre-loaded with activities, PBLA resources and PBLA-compatible modules at CLB3 and higher levels. The focus of STAGE 2 is on using the courseware in blended or online learning, and participants are required to deploy and manage the courseware with learners for a minimum of 4 weeks. Basic course editing is introduced in STAGE 2 and Tutela.ca integration requires participants to use an instructional resource from this site in their course delivery.
STAGE 3 builds on the participant’s course editing skills, and it emphasizes using the courseware in ways that support best practices in settlement language training. Teachers in Stage 3 continue to develop more advanced course editing skills. Participants now have the option of choosing assessments related to blended delivery or fully online delivery. Participants must use the courseware with learners to complete STAGE 3, and they are required to create an assessment that is used as an ePortfolio artifact. Tutela.ca offers over 400 SCORM2 and many many H5P learning objects in its collection, and the STAGE 3 training provides information about how to access these resources.
This stage offers TESL Ontario members a PTCT accreditation in “Online/Blended Language Training Using Moodle”.
2 SCORM, which is an acronym for Shareable Content Object Reference Model, is an international e-learning standard for packaging learning content.
- Teachers master the creation of their own e-activities and the skills needed to upload them to a digital repository (Tutela.ca) where they can be shared with other professionals across Canada.
- Provides an introduction to Hot Potatoes and TexToys software, enabling teachers of all levels
- Introduces teachers to project-based learning and webquests
- Familiarizes teachers with Web 2.0 tools that can be used in language instruction
- Participants build on their Stage 3 H5P authoring basics, and learn to create more advanced H5Ps.
- Offers TESL Ontario members a PTCT accreditation in “Developing e-Materials for Language Training.”
Learning Technology Leadership Training
LearnIT2teach provides administrators & lead teachers & aspiring learning technology leaders with training resources to help them put the courseware to work in their programs. The LINC Administrator’s Guide to Integrating & Managing Blended Learning is available as a PDF (http://learnit2teach.ca/wpnew/support/administrators/Admin_Manual.pdf) or hard copy.
We also hold online webinars for lead teachers and administrators.
Certificates of completion will be provided at the end of each STAGE, and these can be used as part of the PD requirements to maintain your TESL Ontario teacher accreditation.
“Many of our activities can be linked to the courseware, allowing students to try vocabulary or reading exercises more than once.”
“Students enjoy being able to share ideas with their classmates through the forums, and being able to see and benefit from their classmates’ work.”
“I know I am able to provide them with a much richer experience using this method than I would be in any other way.”
“I enjoy the creativity of customizing my courseware, and I also enjoy the convenience of being able to reuse the work for each subsequent session of my class.”
“I also have the opportunity to learn about new technology and new ways to interact with the learners.”
“The LearnIT2teach provided me with a mentor who was infinitely patient and responded to all my queries and questions. The Stages are designed with ESL instructors in mind. It’s very methodical, it’s step-by-step, there’s support every step of the way.”
“The forums and wikis create a collaborative and social learning environment for students. Students can be encouraged to reflect on what they are learning in the SCORM activities, relate it to their own experiences, share opinions, ideas and resources, and collaborate on creating common understanding.”
“The majority of students have advanced technological skills and this feels natural to them. It’s what they want and it’s what they need.”
“Every teacher who has embraced it has realized the benefits. There’s a lot of work up front, but after that it’s smooth sailing. All of them feel it helps them be more organized and deliver a more relevant message to the students.”
“It helps me to define what I need in the 21st Century teacher. So the teachers who come with the skills or who are very willing to embrace the skills; that’s the teacher I’m looking for now. Having teachers at all levels with comparable skills makes my job easier.”
“It gives you the opportunity to review, to listen, to take time to understand as often as you need and want.”
“I like it because I can study and practice language at home and anytime, when I need it or want it. Also, I can find information which I missed.”