Getting Blended Learning Right with Pete Sharma
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 self-study course, you will know what’s needed to successfully set up a Blended Learning language course of your own — no matter what your context might be.
Session 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.
Session 2: Why blend? Challenges and success factors: the pedagogy of Blended Learning
Why do schools want to set up Blended Learning courses? In this session, 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. We will focus on the pedagogy of delivering a blended learning course, with practical examples of blending grammar, vocabulary, the four language skills and phonology.
Session 3: Materials and the Virtual Learning Environment
Many teachers will want to integrate publisher produced digital materials into their course. In this session, 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.
Session 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 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.
Each download includes the original course recordings, handouts, readings, and discussion questions
ScholarshipsAs 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 and specify which course you would like a scholarship for.
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Get your professional development certified with iTDi
This is not a live course. Your purchase includes includes access to four video recordings, readings, and discussion questions. Teachers can earn a Certificate of Completion verifying 20 Professional Development hours if desired. To receive a certificate teachers are required to submit written responses to the discussion questions
About Pete Sharma:
Pete Sharma is a Director of Pete Sharma Associates Ltd, a consultancy and training organisation. He lecturers in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and has co-written many books on technology including Blended Learning, 400 Ideas for Interactive Whiteboards, Apptivities for business English and How to write for Digital Media. Pete is a well-known international conference presenter and has given talks at IATEFL, BESIG, TESOL, JALT and MICELT. He has a Masters in Educational Technology, wrote Blended Learning – Key Concepts in ELT in the ELTJ and is co-author of the chapter on Blended and Online learning in the Routledge Handbook of Language Learning and Technology.
Pete has also authored lessons for the iTDi Teaching Skills Development course, in the ‘Using digital technology in class’ module. These will be available soon.