Blended Learning and ELT Victor Castro Instituto Guatemalteco Americano – IGA ABLA 2010 Cali, Colombia
Overview • Five aspects • Platform • Content • Community • Teacher role • Student training • Two experiences • Teacher training • Student instruction
Background • 3 years ago we installed IWBs in our classrooms as part of a strategic plan to add value and differentiate ourselves by offering technology to enhance our teaching. • This was the catalyst that led to our exploration of blended learning as an alternative • Many of the lessons learned during the implementation of IWBs are now being applied to the planning and implementation of blended learning.
Blended Learning • Community
Platform Web 2.0 = WWW + BBS
Platform • DotLRN • Blackboard • Facebook (Schoology) • Moodle • Open standards (we can transition to a different platform in the future) • Free (low risk) • Scalable • Secure • Flexible (many different kinds of learning objects)
Content • Buy • Build • Borrow
Content - Buy • LEI • English Discoveries • Campus • Software as service • Content and platform
Content • Learning object • proof of concept. Video lessons • Hot potatoes
Content Borrow Share Generate traffic Reputation • Dynamic community • Exchange
Community • Student Community Centered • Building and maintaining a community of practice. • Engagement • Activities, moderators, tumblers. • Motivation • Rewards, badges, etc.
Community – Teacher Role Skills Computer skills Social Networks Digital Communication Online Presence School of Teacher Development – Educational Technology module Search strategies Learning Strategies Affordance. • Monitor • Moderator • Tumbler
Community - Students • Student Orientation • Student Training • Manuals • Demonstrations • Rewards and incentives • Profiles, badges.
Blended Learning Applied to Teacher Training • Online Materials • Skype conferences • Meetings once a week http://teaching.iga.edu
Blended Learning Applied to Student Instruction • Companion courses • Formal Blended learning courses • 3 hour sessions per unit. • 60% of score applied to online work • 40% of score applied to face-to-face session participation and evaluation • Encouraging teachers to run classes using different platforms. http://learining.iga.edu
Discussion • How relevant is blended learning in your BNC today? • What is your experience in blended learning and technology use in your BNC? • What are your short/medium term plans concerning blended or online offerings? • A) we are currently offering online or blended courses. • B) It is in our plans for the future and we are planning to… • C) It is not in our short or medium term plans because…