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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


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This article by Nik Peachey is a must read for all the English teachers involved in online and blended courses.

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Donna Farren's curator insight, August 1, 2014 8:16 AM

Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

irene's curator insight, August 4, 2014 11:51 PM

Interesting observation - echoes my own experience

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 2014 5:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html

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BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers Like YOU!

BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers Like YOU! | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
Free printable worksheets and lesson plans for every busy teacher. Find printable worksheets on any topic: vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking!
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Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
Rebecca Alber offers tips for teaching vocabulary that include letting students select the words, putting away dictionaries, and creating time for talk and play with new terms. (Updated 01/2014)
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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


Via Nik Peachey
Andres Atehortua A.'s insight:

This article by Nik Peachey is a must read for all the English teachers involved in online and blended courses.

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Donna Farren's curator insight, August 1, 2014 8:16 AM

Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

irene's curator insight, August 4, 2014 11:51 PM

Interesting observation - echoes my own experience

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 2014 5:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html

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Film English

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by Kieran Donaghy
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The site promotes the innovative and creative use of film in English language teaching and learning. All of the lesson plans revolve around the use of video and film to teach English.

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Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans

Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
It's such a great, simple idea: Young Brazilians want to learn English. Elderly Americans living in retirement homes just want someone to talk to. Why not connect them? FCB Brazil did just that with its "Speaking Exchange" project for CNA language schools.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:09 PM
Let's here it for the Granny Cloud!
Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, May 13, 2014 2:43 PM

What a great idea! 

Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, May 18, 2014 12:25 PM

Must be really good!

 

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TEACHING TIPS - TOOLS AND IDEAS TO IMPROVE YOUR TEACHING

TEACHING TIPS - TOOLS AND IDEAS TO IMPROVE YOUR TEACHING | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

Classroom management, methodology, lesson planning and many other ideas and guidelines to improve your teaching.

 

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How Early a Second Language?

How Early a Second Language? | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
Misconceptions about age and second language acquisition
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Great article which shows 3 of the misconceptions about learning a second language.

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50 ways to use music in the English language classroom1.pdf

Here are some of the best ways to use music in your teaching, each with a nice resource or example.
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FREE ESL Topics, PRINTABLE PDF Downloads, Handouts & Lessons | LessonPlans

FREE ESL Topics, PRINTABLE PDF Downloads, Handouts & Lessons | LessonPlans | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

Download lesson plans and handouts for free.

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B369-Young-Learners-Activity-Book_v10.pdf

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A wonderful source of new ideas and activities for primary school teachers.

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20 Apps (Games) for Play-based Learning

20 Apps (Games) for Play-based Learning | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

Apps have exploded on the scene, and while there are plenty of time wasting games available on the market, today’s offerings also include a wide range of affordable apps that enrich learning and allow for quick on-the-go play.

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English pronunciation guide - Forvo

English pronunciation guide - Forvo | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

You can learn to pronounce english words and identify different accents.

 

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Check out this useful tool. Get students to do pronunciation research and
find out about other accents.

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VocabGrabber : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

VocabGrabber : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

VocabGrabber lets you automatically create lists of vocabulary from any text. VocabGrabber analyzes any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context. Just copy text from a document and paste it into the box, and then click on the "Grab Vocabulary!" button. VocabGrabber will automatically create a list of vocabulary from your text, which you can then sort, filter, and save.

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Non-natives are just as good as native teachers

Non-natives are just as good as native teachers | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
Marek Kiczkowiak of TEFL Equity Advocates talks about why non-native English teachers are just as good as native English teachers.
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What is most important when selecting a teacher is the knowledge, the experience and the personal motivation that they bring into the classroom – their native language is mostly irrelevant.

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Is it always preferable to employ native English speaking teachers? | British Council Voices

Is it always preferable to employ native English speaking teachers? | British Council Voices | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
There are perceptions that native speakers of English make better English language teachers. Marek Kiczkowiak, winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award, argues that those perceptions need to change.
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Just because you are a native speaker of a language doesn't mean you can teach it. As the author states: it's all about personal traits, qualifications, experience and demonstrable language proficiency.

 

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Games to learn english

Games to learn english | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
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This is a great website with lots of interesting resources and ideas for teachers and learners.
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This is a great website with lots of interesting games and grammar explanations for English learners.

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The EFL Classroom: Teaching more than English

The EFL Classroom: Teaching more than English | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
Verissimo Toste, an Oxford teacher trainer, looks at some different ways the language learning experience can be enriched.
More and more, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is being taught in mainstream schools around the world.
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The linguistic genius of babies

The linguistic genius of babies | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.
(Filmed at TEDxRainier.)
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Easyclass | Your class is only a click away...

Easyclass | Your class is only a click away... | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
Easyclass is the new technology for teachers and students which simplifies materials, assignments, tests, grades, discussions and calendar.
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Ten things you might not have known about the English language

Ten things you might not have known about the English language | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
Alex Hammond writes for ESL - Language Travel. In this guest post, he reveals a few little-known facts about the origins of the English language. Hey, English speaker! Congratulations. You speak a ...
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Alfredo Varon's curator insight, July 10, 2013 8:54 AM

Well you can´t know everything ;) 

 

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Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages | TIME.com

Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages | TIME.com | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

The mind of the polyglot is a very particular thing, and scientists are only beginning to look closely at how acquiring a second language influences learning, behavior and the very structure of the brain itself.

 
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Cambridge Exams - Guidelines and Resources

Cambridge Exams - Guidelines and Resources | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

This website offers a comprehensive range of resources to support exam preparation, from print materials such as past papers, revision guides and coursebooks to computer resources such as sample papers, online courses and interactive games.

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Tools for teachers | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Tools for teachers | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

This is the place to come for tools to help you inside and outside the classroom - from software to help you prepare classes to a glossary of ELT Terms

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Work-Sheet Teachers Best Practices/HowTo

Work-Sheet Teachers Best Practices/HowTo | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

Possible instructions for educators on how they can work together with the learners… Knowing the tools for 21st Century Learning is primordial to give ===> quality courses. <===

 

 

 

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Millionaire for Schools. - Create Engaging Teaching Resources.

Millionaire for Schools. - Create Engaging Teaching Resources. | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it

Who wants to be a millionaire Game - Learn and have fun with the world's favorite Quiz

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Free online tutorials for learning to use technology and ICTs in education

Free online tutorials for learning to use technology and ICTs in education | English Teachers Magazine | Scoop.it
Free online tutorials for teachers and students. These are step by step camtasia screencasts that take you through a whole range of ict and web2.0 tools.
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