What do you think should be top criteria when designing professional e-learning courses (Both synchronous or non-synchronous)?
The most important thing to remember about providing professional e-learning courses is that there should be a consistent alignment of learning theories (e.g., behaviorism, cognitivism, critical constructivism, connectivism, etc.), methods (synchronous and asynchronous), and multimedia (web 2.0/3.0 tools, software, etc.) that is conducive to forming a learning community that takes the learner from being dependent, to independent, to finally interdependent. Such a learning community would be "open, diverse, interactive, and autonomous" (to use Stephen Downes's words).
I know, a broad answer (to a broad question), but we need to consider the whole ball of wax.
Note: I'm avoiding a detailed description of the method (synchronous and asynchronous) because it's only a third (actually less in my opinion) of the real issue: aligning learning theory, method, and media. These three impact each other as in it's all or nothing. We can't talk about one without mentioning the other two.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
This session is designed for anyone interested in improving how they teach English to students of other languages (TESOL). We will cover the basics of participatory action research (PAR) and will discuss an open and ongoing Distance English Language Training (DELT) workshop where educators can share ideas and experiences.