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A Virtual Lifeline

A Virtual Lifeline. Alternative Delivery of Professional Development for Part-time ESL Instructors. Li-Lee Tunceren ESL Instructor, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL Catherine Green Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research, Sacramento, CA. Presentation Objective.

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A Virtual Lifeline

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  1. A Virtual Lifeline Alternative Delivery of Professional Development for Part-time ESL Instructors Li-Lee TuncerenESL Instructor, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL Catherine GreenResearch Analyst, American Institutes for Research, Sacramento, CA

  2. Presentation Objective • Highlight some alternative delivery options in providing professional developmentto part-time ESL teachers • Provide additional resources for exploration beyond this session

  3. Why part-time ESL teachers? • Represent large underclass of teachers • Context: • Adult school, community college, university • “Freeway flyer” • Rigid work schedule • Non-work responsibilities (family, other) compete with PD for remaining “free time”

  4. What’s in it for You? • Explore ways to use alternative delivery methods for professional development with other populations you work with • Discover additional resources at end of PowerPoint • Questions or Comments? Please hold until the end of presentation.

  5. Virtual Tour: 7 Stops • Online courses – asynchronous & synchronous • Conference proceedings • Blogs • Wikis • Podcasts • Electronic discussions (listservs, groups) • Other Methods You Have Used

  6. 1st Stop: Online Courses • Asynchronous • Synchronous

  7. Online Courses - Asynchronous • Duration: Varies – 4 to12 weeks • Cost: Varies - some free • Size: Varies (10-20 Ps) • Teacher: Subject-area expert facilitates • Format: Blackboard, Moodle, Angel, or other LMS

  8. CALPRO • California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project(CALPRO) • 4-week courses • Research-based • Funded by California Dept. of Education • Free to CA adult education teachers and administrators

  9. ProLiteracy America

  10. PBS ESL Civics Link

  11. Synchronous, online workshops • Short (1-2 hour) • Software often used: • Webex • Adobe Connect (formerly “Macromedia Breeze”) • Elluminate Live! • Can be archived for later access • Use Internet (and phone) to communicate • Presenter can share desktop - demonstrate

  12. Sample CTAP Online Workshops • California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP)

  13. Adult Learning Resource Center • Illinois offers free, short online workshops for ESL teachers

  14. Sample Catalog • Illinois’ ALRC offers a variety of short, online workshops

  15. TESOL’s Electronic Village Online (EVO)

  16. Sample EVO session: Blogging for Beginners

  17. 2nd Stop: Conference Proceedings

  18. Conference Proceedings • Capture what you may have missed • Archive audio/visual sessions • Allow access to PowerPoints and/or handouts • Often provide searchable database

  19. Conference Proceedings • TESOL offers a variety of training online • Sample sessions captured from convention

  20. Sample – TESOL 2007 Conference Session Captured • 50 hours available (free to TESOL members, $90 for non-members) • Available 24/7 • Features • Audio • Visual • Graphics

  21. SLOAN–C Conference, Nov. 2006: PowerPoints Archived Online Sample 2: SLOAN-C

  22. 3rd Stop: Blogs

  23. Blogs • Weblog, or blog – noun • a Website where entries are written in chronological order • Often displayed in reverse chronological order. • To blog (verb):to maintain or add content to a blog

  24. Blogs – cont’d. • An electronic journal with wide audience • Response from readers, sometimes near-instant, welcome • Online tool connects remote and isolated ESL teachers

  25. Sample: Newport Mesa USD

  26. Professional Learning Communities • NMUSD Adult Education Blog supports Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). • Blogs can help foster communication and learning within PLC.

  27. Sample: All Things PLC

  28. 4th Stop: Wikis

  29. Wikis • “wiki” –noun, from the Hawaiian word for “quick” • any user can edit the content of the page through a Web browser • authoring software, permissions, or passwords not usually needed • can vary widely and include many different components

  30. Sample Wiki • Wikipedia: free online encyclopedia • Over two million entries • Available in multiple languages

  31. Teaching Uses of Wikis • Make and edit Web pages easily, including styled text, hyperlinks, pictures, audio, video, etc. • Promote collaboration among learners in on creating online documents.

  32. How Wikis Can PromoteProfessional Development • Participatory • Collaborative • Web-based – anytime, any place access • Software incredibly easy to use ALE Wiki

  33. Wikis Promoting PD – cont’d. • Encourages interaction among peers • Eliminates hierarchy • Builds knowledge progressively • Helps track the evolution of ideas ESL Page on ALE Wiki

  34. 5th Stop: Podcasts

  35. Podcasts • Wikipedia defines podcast: “a podcast is distinguished from other digital media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added, using an aggregator or feed reader capable of reading feed formats such as RSS or Atom.” • Allows spontaneity – speech, written communication • Can be archived for later access

  36. Selected Hosts of Podcasts • EdTechTalkhttp://www.edtechtalk.com/ • Webheads in Actionhttp://webheadsinaction.org/

  37. Sample Podcasts for Teachers • The Portable ClassroomDr. Jeff McQuillan, Center for Educational Development, Los Angeles, discusses how iPods and related Web 2.0 technologies can transform language teaching • ESLpod.com • ESL Teacher Talk.com

  38. 6th Stop: Electronic Discussions

  39. Electronic Discussions • Also known as “listservs” • Connects educators with similar concerns and interests across time and distance • Promotes expansion of virtual learning community

  40. Electronic Discussions – cont’d • Open-entry, open-exit policy: no time or financial commitment required; no commercialism • Options: • Find and join an existing group • Create your own group

  41. Existing Listservs: Examples • TESL-L • Founded in 1991 • 32,000+ subscribers from 172 countries • Numerous branches • Multiple subscription options (daily digests, etc.)

  42. Existing Listservs – cont’d. • National Institute for Literacy has several electronic discussion groups, including one dedicated to teaching adult English Language learners.

  43. Establish Your Own Discussion Group • Yahoo! Groups makes this extremely quick and easy.

  44. Sample Online Group Created • Group members are online facilitators of PD courses

  45. 7th Stop: Other Methods You Have Used

  46. End of Tour!

  47. Relevant Research • Online Professional Development for Adult ESL Educators Julie Mathews-Aydinli, CAELA, and Karen Taylor, Arlington (Virginia) Education and Employment Program (REEP). (November 2005). Found on Oct. 24, 2007, at: http://www.cal.org/caela/esl%5Fresources/briefs/onlinepd.html

  48. Qualitative Evaluation on Facilitator’s Contributions To Online Professional Development,Vicky Zygouris-Coe et. al., University of Central Florida (Oct. 2004). Found on Oct. 24, 2007, at: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/1b/a7/8d.pdf

  49. LITERATURE REVIEWS • Professional Development for Adult ESL Practitioners: Building Capacity (Oct. 2007).Kirsten Schaetzel, Joy Kreeft Peyton, and Miriam BurtCenter for Applied Linguistics. Found on Oct. 24, 2007, at: http://www.cal.org/caela/esl%5Fresources/briefs/profdev.html • Professional Development for Teachers of Adult English Language Learners: An Annotated Bibliography (October 2007). Kirsten Schaetzel, Center for Applied Linguistics. Found on Oct. 24, 2007, at:http://www.cal.org/caela/esl%5Fresources/bibliographies/profdev.html

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