Dear Natasha and Carla,
Thank you for keeping your fingers crossed for me.
Natasha, you know what I am facing here and how difficult it's going to be, so your Thomas Edison quote really made my day.
Carla, you gave me a lot of practical advice. I have used different platforms as an online student, so I suppose that now I need to think about how I felt in them. Eventually, I should teach the students to use different applications for different purposes and to feel at home with them, but for starters I think everything should be in one place (whether it is Moodle or a wiki). I agree - students seem to like Moodle because of its modular layout, though I am personally a PBWorks fan:)
I will definitely keep you posted.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Carla arena <carlaarena@...> wrote:
> Dear Natasa,
> I've been following the discussion with interest, and I know how you might
> be feeling :-) Some years ago, the same thing happened to me. However, at
> that time, I had just finished taking an online course on Instructional
> Design and also the Online Certificate principles and practice of online
> teaching from TESOL , which helped a lot. 3 years ago, we started our online
> project and now we have some online courses on Grammar, Listening, writing,
> webtools for educators (in moodle), and regular online courses with a
> partner that provides the platform and content. I'd say that the first step
> before you start planning your course and you decide which platform to use
> is to take an online course yourself to see how it feels to be a student in
> the platform. Your course could be all set on a wiki, for example, with
> skype for the interactive part. Another possibility is to invest in
> voicethread for assynchronous practice. With our groups, we use skype,
> voicethread, elluminate to practice speaking.
> Moodle is a simple platform to use and, for students, it structures the
> lessons in a way that it is easy for them to accompany. However, as pointed
> out, it is a bit dull in its looks, but there's always a way to add some
> images, personalize sidebars, etc. Also, remember that it is a walled
> garden. Once the course is over, the content will be the institution's, and
> your students won't keep what they produced with them. So, what I tend to do
> is to mix Moodle with web2.0 tools.
> One thing that you have to ask, even if you are in your own is to have
> technical support. It helps a lot.
>--- In email@example.com, "Natasha Jovanovich" <natasa-jovanovic@...> wrote:
> Dear Natasa
> This is a way forward. Thomas Edison said he had never failed , he was only
> Btw, good to know that Englishcafe is within Global English. I did one year
> course of blended learning with Ss for Global English and I didnt know that
> EC is part of GE.
> Kudos and fingers crossed! Let me know if I can be of help.