14th January 2018

Course #1 Designing for collaborative learning and internationalisation initiatives

Course Nr.:   # 01

Dates / Location 
Valencia (Spain)
05-09 April (5-day course)
31/10 – 05/11 November

Target Groups
This course has been designed for teachers in primary, secondary, vocational and adult education interested in using technology to promote collaborative learning and running and/or supporting) international telecollaborative learning projects.

Course Aims
The aim of the course is to promote participants’ professionalism in using, adapting and designing (project) tasks involving the practice of pairing students or groups of students to other learners (or native speakers) using video conferencing and other collaborative and social ICT tools for learning while  increasing students’ language and cultural proficiency. In this course you will learn about the companion methodology and instructional approaches to make school (virtual) exchanges successful and develop related teacher competences including:
​- organizing and mentoring telecollaborative learning activities with the help of educational technologies (e-Twinning)
– supporting international projects in the school run by colleague teachers of other subjects

During the course plenary, tutor-led sessions on methodologies for computer mediated intercultural communicative proficiency development & presentations of related applications and materials are carried out. These are followed up by activities when participants familiarize themselves with a number of the demonstrated ICT-tools and web applications relevant for networked and task-based language learning.

Participants do practical work individually, in pairs and/or small groups applying the concepts and principles presented while analyzing related materials. Participants are supported to develop language activities and collaborative projects for use in their own teaching practice and/or international school projects.

To provide flexible access to course related tasks and resources a virtual learning environment (VLE) will be used. After the course concludes, participants will be able to access the VLE to promote follow-up communication and collaborative learning.

A pre-course, online questionnaire will be provided to assess pre-knowledge and further align course content and procedures to needs and interests.

To optimize the relevance of the workshop for individual teachers, participants are invited to also bring (local) digital content and/or select topics relevant for their current practice to be elaborated when developing activities and materials during the course.

Day-to-day Topics

Day 1

• Greet & Meet
• Results of pre-course survey
• Cultural event

Day 2

• Overview of course contents and structure in VLE
• Introduction to Computer Mediated Communication (CMC)
• Focus on asynchronous communication: demo of applications & related classroom activities
• Hands-on activities: familiarization with and developing tasks for selected software tools
• Reflection on design issues and related teacher competences
• Review of day 2

Day 3

• Introduction to the why and how of Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT)
• Introducing applications & related activities to support synchronous production & interaction in the classroom and in tele-collaborative project activities
• Hands-on activities: familiarization with and developing tasks for selected software tools
• Sharing experiences with particular applications
• Review of day 3

Day 4

• Task design guidelines: Do’s and don’ts based on research & experience
• Introduction to applications for conferencing, tandem, chat
• Hands-on activity: familiarization with selected applications
• Brainstorming on task ideas
• Hands-on activities: implementing project ideas
*Optional Breakout session: Introduction to 3D virtual worlds and (language) education
• Review of day 4

Day 5

• How to promote the development of intercultural communicative competence
• Sharing & practising oral assessment procedures using local and/or CEFR-based criteria
• Introduction to formative and self-assessment models, strategies & techniques
• Hands-on activities: implementing in current project designs
* Optional Breakout session: Further skills training for 3D virtual worlds and (language) education
• Review of day 5

Day 6
• Teacher collaboration competences: content planning, project design & management models, (online) tools and related EU resources
• Hands-on activities: implementing project ideas for tools and strategies to support internationalisation & tele-collaboration.
• Resources for continuing professional development related to tele-collaboration.
• Presenting and sharing designed activities and project ideas
• Planning further cooperation
• Course wrap-up and evaluation

*NB. Topics for break-out sessions and intercultural events will be selected on the basis of group interests, needs and negotiated priorities.

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