Do you have to choose a suitable vocabulary app for your students? Select digital materials? Recommend a learning platform for your school? Formally or informally, many teachers and academic managers select and evaluate digital learning materials quite often. On what basis or criteria do we assess these learning materials, whether created by a teacher, an ELT publisher or a tech company?
“I love this app!”
“I hate it!”
“My students love it!”
We often find ourselves assessing digital materials, but how subjective are we? Can we evaluate digital materials objectively? This course is designed to formally reflect on the criteria on which we evaluate digital learning materials. It provides a systematic approach, taking participants through the What? Why? Who? and How? of evaluation. Participants assess material relevant to them, share the evaluation with others and finish the course with a useful set of tools. If you have to select digital materials for your school or class, this course is for you.
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In this course, you will read articles recommended by the instructor, watch four recorded sessions, and answer four discussion questions. (This is not a live course.) If you would like to receive a Certificate of Completion verifying 20 hours of professional development credit, email your answers to these questions in a separate word document to support@iTDi.pro for evaluation. In the body of your document, please include your name as you wish it to appear on your certificate, your email address, and the name of course you have completed.Take this course
As always, iTDi believes that all teachers deserve the same opportunity to improve themselves. Therefore, a limited number of scholarships will be available for this course. Please apply through our scholarship application.
About Pete Sharma:
Pete Sharma is a teacher trainer, consultant and ELT author. He works as a pre-sessional lecturer in EAP (English for Academic purposes) at Warwick University, UK. Pete worked for many years in business English as a teacher trainer and materials writer. He is a regular conference presenter at IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group) conferences and has given plenary talks and keynote speeches at conferences around the world.
Pete is the co-author of several books on technology including Blended Learning (2007) and 400 Ideas for Interactive Whiteboards (2011) in the Macmillan ‘Books for Teachers’ series. His latest e-books as co-author are on ‘apps’ in business English (2013) and How to write for digital media (2014). His latest book is Best practices for Blended Learning (2018).
Pete has delivered a previous course for iTDi on Blended Learning. He was the Newsletter Editor of the IATEFL CALL (Computer-aided language learning) Review (2008-2009) and has a Masters in Educational Technology and ELT (English Language Teaching) from Manchester University. Pete’s website can be found at: www.petesharma.com.
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|What participants will learn in this course.|
|Evaluating Digital Materials Self Study 1||00:00:00|
|Definitions and history of digital materials|
|Evaluating Digital Materials Self Study 2||00:00:00|
|We will look at a range of theories of language learning (behaviourism, cognitivism, Second Language Acquisition) and explore to what extent these theories inform the design of digital materials.|
|Evaluating Digital Materials Self Study 3||00:00:00|
|This session will look systematically at the What? Who? Why? and How? of evaluating digital materials.|
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|This practical session will bring together the content of the earlier sessions in a list of recommendations: “10 practical tips on evaluating digital materials.”|
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|How to get your certificate and what you can do next as part of the iTDi community.|