Blended Learning continues to be a key concept in English Language Teaching. With Pete Sharma, you'll explore what blended learning is, what it isn't, and gain insights into the range of options available. At the end of this four-week course, participants will know what's needed to successfully set up a Blended Learning language course of their own -- no matter what their context might be.
Week 1: History and models of Blended Learning
The term Blended Learning (BL) means different things to different people. This introduction looks at the roots of the BL model, examines what the research says, explores the most important definitions and dimensions of the term and finally, provides some working models of BL, including the 'flipped classroom' and the 'dual track' approach.
Week 2: Why blend? Challenges and success factors: the pedagogy of Blended Learning
Why do schools want to set up Blended Learning courses? This week, we'll examine the reasons, look at the challenges, and explore the critical factors in making a success of such a course. These include integration, appropriacy, attitude and training. This week we focus on the pedagogy of delivering a blended learning course, with practical examples of blending grammar, vocabulary, the four language skills and phonology.
Week 3: Materials and the Virtual Learning Environment
Many teachers will want to integrate publisher produced digital materials into their course. This week, we'll first focus on available publisher materials, from DVD-ROMs and eWorkbooks to web-based materials. Then, we will look various platforms you may wish to integrate into a course -- from the free, open-source platform Moodle and English360, which includes authoring tools, to social platforms like Edmodo and wikis, such as Wiggio.
Week 4: Content and course creation
We will look at how to create your own digital materials, covering common exercise types (such as Categorize, Gap-fill, Matching, Multiple choice, Re-ordering and Labelling), adapted from Pete's latest co-authored book: "How to write for Digital Media". Finally, we will take a step-by-step approach to setting up, delivering and evaluating a Blended Learning course.