The following blog post was written by Glen Cochrane, a faculty member at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
Over the next few weeks, the CEIIA is offering workshops and a webinar to unveil our new eLearning Toolkit. The toolkit is presented as a resource to help language educators adapt and use online spaces in many types of online and blended environments. If you teach online, or even if you use some online technology in your language learning classes, you may find these workshops valuable.
In the eLearning Toolkit, we highlight three components of online environments that are essential to consider for language learning:
Digital spaces are different from face-to-face classrooms. Learners will often access the space on their own, and with varying degrees of digital literacy. What type of support do they need? What features of the space can help them?
Content can often easily be adapted for online spaces, but learners will rely heavily on reading and writing text. How can you offer a variety of language skill practice? What technology will you use?
A sense of community will make learners feel comfortable about using and practicing language in a distributed space. What role does presence play in the formation of communities online? What can you do to establish your own presence and to encourage your learners’ presence?
The workshops will be held at Bow Valley College on Monday and Tuesday of next week. See below for dates:
- November 28, 9:30 a.m. Bow Valley College, Room N344 (90 min)
- November 29, 3:00 p.m. Bow Valley College, Room N344 (90 min)
- December 7, 12:00 p.m. M.S.T Online Webinar (60 min)
To register for the webinar, visit: https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/workshops/introduction-elearning-toolkit and view the workshop poster for material to post or distribute among your department.
To access the eLearning Toolkit, visit: https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/elearningtoolkit/