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Using MOOCs for ( English ) language teaching and training. Abigail Bruhlmann 2 nd Annual Binghamton University Conference on Foreign Language Teaching September 20-21 , 2014. Presentation Overview. What is a MOOC? How do MOOCs work? Benefits and challenges of online learning

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using moocs for english language teaching and training

Using MOOCs for (English)language teaching and training

Abigail Bruhlmann

2nd Annual Binghamton University Conference

on Foreign Language Teaching

September 20-21, 2014

presentation overview
Presentation Overview
  • What is a MOOC?
  • How do MOOCs work?
  • Benefits and challenges of online learning
  • What kinds of (English) language courses are available?
    • courses for students
    • courses for teachers
  • MOOC demo
  • Review quiz :)
what is a mooc
What is a MOOC?

Massive (thousands of participants from all over the world)

Open (free of charge/low costso that anyone can participate)

Online (do it anywhere, any time)

Course (collaboration, assessment, certificate upon completion)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3gMGqcZQc

mooc benefits
MOOC Benefits
  • Free (or low cost)
  • Access to courses at prestigious universities
  • Large community to collaborate with
  • Flexible timing
  • Continual professional development
  • Archived courses
  • No penalty for not finishing the course!!
mooc challenges and helpful tips
MOOC Challenges…(and helpful tips)!
  • Getting comfortable with the format

(Online video tutorials, discussion boards)

  • Time management

(Pace yourself throughout the week)

  • Keeping yourself motivated to finish

(Form weekly study groups)

where to find moocs
Where to find MOOCs
  • edx.org
  • coursera.org
  • udacity.com (tech courses only)
moocs related to language
MOOCs related to language:
  • Intermediate Chinese Grammar September 15, 2014
  • Principles of Written English, Part 1 September 17, 2014
  • English for Doing Business in Asia September 21, 2014
  • Write 101x – English Grammar and Style September 22, 2014
  • Decouvrir la science politique September 25, 2014
  • Educaciónparaunasociedad del conocimientoFebrurary 2015
  • Descubriendo la pinturaeuropea de 1400 a 1800 Februrary 2015
  • AP English Language and Composition April 1, 2015
  • On Ramp to AP French Language and Culture August 10, 2015
moocs related to language1
MOOCs related to language:
  • Chinese for Beginners Ongoing
  • Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade (Fundamental English Writing) September 12, 2014
  • English Composition 1: Achieving Expertise September 22, 2014
  • Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures October 6, 2014
  • Digital Systems – SistemasDigitales: De laspuertaslógicas al procesadorFebrurary 16, 2015
  • Shaping the Way We Teach English 1: The Landscape of ELT* 2015
  • Shaping the Way We Teach English 2: Paths to Success in ELT* 2015

*(English Language Teaching)

principles of written english
Principles of Written English

College Writing 2.1x(November - December 2013)

(September – October 2014)

Week 1:Grammar Review

Week 2:Sentences and Paragraphs

Week 3:Thesis Statements

Week 4:The Essay

Week 5:Revision Practices

principles of written english1
Principles of Written English

College Writing 2.2x (January - February 2014)

Week 1: Vocabulary Development

Week 2: Understanding Tone and Diction

Week 3: Common Errors in Writing

Week 4: Advanced Process Writing

Week 5: Advanced Revision, Proofreading, and Editing

principles of written english2
Principles of Written English

College Writing 2.3x (April - May 2014)

Week 1: Introduction to Writing in the Disciplines

Week 2: Writing in Literature & Creative Writing

Week 3: Writing in Science & Technology

Week 4: Writing in Social Sciences

Week 5: Professional Writing

www coursera org
www.coursera.org

Courses related to English language teacher training:

Shaping the Way We Teach English MOOC series

1. The Landscape of English Language Teaching

April-May 2014, 2015

2. Paths to Success in ELT

May 12 - June 9, 2014, 2015

shaping the way we teach english
Shaping the Way We Teach English

The Landscape of English Language Teaching (April-May 2004)

Week 1: Authentic materials to enhance student motivation

Week 2: Pair and group work for collaborative learning

Week 3: Critical and creative thinking to drive learning

Week 4: Learner feedback and assessment to evaluate student progress

Week 5: Language in context and using content to structure language learning

shaping the way we teach english1
Shaping the Way We Teach English

Paths to Success in ELT (May - June 2014)

Week 1: Integrating skills and using tasks to motivate learners

Week 2: Alternative assessment to demonstrate language ability

Week 3: Incorporating individual learning differences in instruction

Week 4: Effective classroom management

Week 5: Reflective teaching

tips for success in a mooc
Tips for success in a MOOC
  • Be an active participant in the discussion forums when posting and commenting
  • Write clear, interesting subject lines for your posts
  • Fully explain your thoughts (avoid one-word answers)
  • Give polite, constructive, and detailed feedback to your peers
  • Take advantage of the additional homework opportunities
  • Don’t give up if you fall behind on course work!
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Quiz!

1. What does MOOC stand for?

2. What are two websites that offer MOOCs related to language teaching?

3. About how much is the weekly time commitment?

4. What are the benefits of participating in a MOOC?

5. How can you keep yourself motivated to finish a MOOC?

6. What happens if you are not able to finish a MOOC?

further reading on moocs
Further reading on MOOCs

http://www.bdpa-detroit.org/portal/index.php/comittees/high-school-computer-competition-hscc/29-education/57-moocs-top-10-sites-for-free-education-with-elite-universities.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ccap/2014/09/16/moocs-finishing-is-not-the-important-part/

http://www.educause.edu/library/massive-open-online-course-mooc

http://www.evolllution.com/distance_online_learning/learning-pressure-english-writing-moocs-international-audience/

thank you
Thank you!

Questions or comments?

Contact me!

abigail.bruhlmann@gmail.com