Virtual Learning Workshop

This site contains the training modules prepared for the IATEFL-funded ELTAI Workshop on Virtual Learning held at TBAK College, India on 9th & 10 August, 2014. The director of the workshop and the authors of the training manuals hope that these training manuals will provide the users with ample knowledge and expertise on using various webtools. Users of this site are allowed to download and use the training manuals for educational purpose, provided they acknowledge the support of IATEFL and ELTAI.

About the Authors of the Training Manuals
            Dr. Ramani, ELT specialist, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, ELT administrator and quality assurance expert in the higher education sector, is currently a freelance English Studies and Educational Consultant in Chennai. He is also a Joint Secretary of ELTAI and Editor of their journal, The Journal of English Language Teaching.

            A teacher with over 40 years of experience mostly at the tertiary level, author of several ELT course books and research papers, and content head for a set of educational CD-ROMs for learning English at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels, he has initiated and implemented curricular reforms in ELT in India and the Middle East, guided research at the Master's and M. Phil. and doctoral levels, evaluated PhD and MPhil dissertations/theses, conducted hundreds of workshops on topics relating to English teaching, learning and assessment including the use of technology, college autonomy, and soft skills training, and has been a Quality Assurance expert in the higher education sector.

            Dr. Revathi Viswanathan is currently working as Professor of English in B.S.Abdur Rahman University. She has 21 years of teaching experience in handling foundation English, technical English and business English to ESL/EFL students at the tertiary level. Her specialisation is in ELT, Using Technology in ELT and Soft Skills. Also as a teacher trainer, she has been regularly conducting training programs for teachers in using technological tools in the language classroom. She has authored two books, chapters in four books and a few articles in refereed journals. She has presented papers in International conferences held in a few Asian and European countries.

            M. S. Xavier Pradheep Singh teaches English Language and Literature at V. O. Chidambaram College, Tuticorin, India. He is an avid user of technology for his personal as well as professional purposes. His ongoing doctoral research is on Virtual Learning Environment. He is particularly interested in finding different ways of creating student-centered learning spaces through the use of technology. He also edits an international literary magazine, Cuckoo.

Training Manual on Virtual Classroom

posted 6 Aug 2014, 09:53 by Xavier Pradheep Singh   [ updated 6 Aug 2014, 09:55 ]

Dr. P. N. Ramani
            The Virtual Classroom is a means of providing online education and training using the Internet even when the teacher and the students are separated by time and space. It provides an online learning environment and uses a course and learning management system by which the teacher provides course content using a variety of resources and tools. By transcending boundaries of space, time and location, it provides a flexible teaching-learning environment. Thus it provides a very good and effective means of teaching a group of students who are widely dispersed across different locations. Teaching and learning are enhanced and enriched. The Virtual Classroom is increasingly being used worldwide as a course delivery method.

Training Manual on Flipped Classroom

posted 6 Aug 2014, 09:48 by Xavier Pradheep Singh   [ updated 6 Aug 2014, 09:54 ]

Dr. P. N. Ramani
Flipping a classroom is a different kind of teaching – very different from the traditional approach to teaching and learning – and it offers a lot of benefits to both students and the teacher. In this workshop, you will explore the key components of the flipped-learning philosophy and develop a simple, workable plan to implement it in your own teaching-learning context with success.

Training Manual on Social Networking Sites

posted 30 Jul 2014, 08:30 by Xavier Pradheep Singh   [ updated 30 Jul 2014, 08:47 ]

M. S. Xavier Pradheep Singh

            Today’s learners are born into digital world. They connect, share and learn through latest advances in technology. One such advancement is social media which embrace “web-based and mobile-based technologies to facilitate interactive communication between organisations, communities and individuals” (New Zealand Teachers Council). Facebook is one of the most powerful social media platforms. Founded in 2004, it has quickly become “one of the most used and visited platforms for people of all ages to communicate and connect with friends and others who work, study and live around them” (Facebook Guide for Educators). Facebook’s mission of making the world more open and connected makes it a tool rich with potential for learning. Statistics points out that there are over 1.15 billion Facebook users of whom 23% users login to Facebook at least five times per day. Importantly, 18-29 year olds have an 89% usage of social media. We, teachers, can make use of this opportunity to create powerful online learning communities that supports learning in formal classroom environment.

            This training manual illustrates how you can effectively use Facebook to build communities of learners online. It also details how you can sort create compelling content such as status updates, photos, videos and notes. It also explains the process of creating Groups, Pages and Events.

Training Manual on Google Drive

posted 30 Jul 2014, 08:26 by Xavier Pradheep Singh   [ updated 6 Aug 2014, 09:58 ]

M. S. Xavier Pradheep Singh

            Google Drive is “a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google” (Wikipedia). It allows cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. Teachers can use Google Drive for a variety of reasons. This training manual illustrates how you can sign up for Google Drive, create files and collaboratively work on them with others. Most importantly, it offers a lot of tips regarding how you can use Google Drive for teaching and learning.

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