A blog (or web log) is an online diary or journal that is regularly updated by an individual, or by a group of people. A blog used in education is known as an ‘edublog’, and include teacher blogs (a blog set up and contributed to by a teacher or lecturer), student blogs (blogs set up and maintained by individual students) and class blogs (one blog contributed to by all the members of a class). This short online course looks at teacher, students and class blogs, and how they can be used by teachers both in and outside the classroom with learners. We also examine RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and learn how to use this to subscribe to blogs. The practical, hands-on course explores:
Course participants will design and produce their own blog during this course, using free Internet-based blog tools.
The course is aimed at all teachers of English and/or other languages worldwide interested in learning how to use an ICT tool such as blogs in their teaching. It is suitable for newly-qualified teachers wishing to increase their employment opportunities and develop their ICT skills, as well as experienced professionals looking to expand their teaching repertoire at the same time as they gain some experience in online learning and ICT.
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This course covers two weeks (see dates above). You are expected to spend approx. 5 hours per week (a total of 10 hours per course) on online individual and collaborative group work, including offline reading and reflection. Deadlines for task completion are weekly, and you can log on at any point during the week to work on the course.
You will use our online video conferencing platform for a course chat once during the course - the exact time for this is negotiated with the group. To take part in a video conferencing session you will need a headset with microphone (headsets with a USB plug are the best option), or a stand-alone microphone and speakers. If you have a webcam, you may want to connect that during the video conferencing session, but this is optional—you will be able to see and hear your tutor even if you only have a headset. Video conferencing sessions are always recorded which means that even if you can’t attend, you will be able to watch the recording later online, in your own time. Our video conferencing platform is accessed via a web page—you do not need to download or install anything to use it during the course.
During the course, you will:
The course is taught entirely online, using the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) Moodle. You won’t need any prior experience or knowledge of online learning, although basic experience of email and Internet use would be helpful. Technical and pedagogical support is available for the entire duration of the course.
Competence in written and spoken English, whether English is the applicants’ first, second or foreign language: successful applicants’ levels of competence in English must be of a standard sufficient to enable them to fully understand and complete the course work.
You will use an online video conferencing platform for chats with course colleague and tutor(s) several times during the course - the exact time for this is negotiated with the group. To take part in a video conferencing session you will need a headset with microphone (headsets with a USB plug are the best option). If you have a webcam, you may want to connect that during the video conferencing session, but this is optional—you will be able to see and hear your tutor even if you only have a headset. Video conferencing sessions are always recorded which means that even if you can’t attend, you will be able to watch the recording later online, in your own time. Our video conferencing platform is accessed via a web page—you do not need to download or install anything to use it during the course.
The Consultants-E will issue participants with a Certificate on successful completion of the course. Successful completion of the course is defined as completing 80% of the course work to an acceptable standard.
You can enrol online via the Blogs course enrolment form. You can then pay the course fee of 145 € online via PayPal. The
course fee covers all course content and documentation, video
conferencing sessions, full tutor support and ongoing feedback.
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- more than two weeks before: 100% refund
- less than two weeks before: 75% refund
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less than 25% of the course available: 50% refund
less than 50% of the course available: 25% refund
more than 50% of the course available: 00% refund
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