University of Oregon | American English Institute
Webskills - Course Website

Course Description

This 9-week online training course for English Language Teachers (ELTs) is offered through the American English Institute (AEI) at the University of Oregon (UO), a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences. This course is funded through the E-Teacher Scholarship Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State which is currently managed by FHI 360.

Participants in this course will build skills in English language teaching with technology. The overall objective is to enable teachers to understand and use appropriate technology to enhance the learning environment and outcomes for their students.

Participants will create an ongoing record of their work in the course and how the information can be used in their own classrooms using a blog. The weekly posts will also include an update on progress with a technology-enhanced project for each teacher's local school or setting.

Readings and Resources

Throughout each week, you will read about, analyze, reflect on, and discuss articles and resources related to language teaching and learning pedagogy. We will also explore options for incorporating computer-based tools and resources in face-to-face, blended, and online learning environments. Learn more…


We will use the Nicenet course management system for our asynchronous (not in "real time") discussions related to the above readings, resources, and observations.

Weekly Blog Post

You will update your ongoing reflective blog each week, adding ideas and reflections about how the information you learned can be used in your local school or setting. Learn more…

Course Projects

You will create a technology-enhanced project for your local school or setting, where you incorporate what you have learned from the course and apply it in your teaching in order to enhance teaching and learning in your setting. Learn more...

Weekly Deadlines

Most assignments are due every week on Mondays by 11:59pm, Oregon time:
  • Readings + discussions
  • Weekly task
  • Reflective blog update (starting in Week 2).
  • Progressive work on your project (starting in Week 2).

Discussion posts on Nicenet are due every week on Thursday at 11:59pm, Oregon time.

Learn more...


Certificates are priority mailed at the end of each term to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate sponsoring the participating teachers, and then distributed locally. Please allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks for receipt of certificates as efforts may be impeded due to unforeseen local events and irregularities in local delivery systems.

UO IT, Acceptable Use Policy

Your UO acount is for your personal use only for the time you're enrolled at UO. Your login and password may not be shared with others. For more information, please see the UO Information Technology (IT) Acceptable Use Policy.

UO Student Conduct Code and Plagiarism Policy

Please note that late work is not accepted and "incomplete" grades are not an option. All course work must be completed within the term in which a participant is enrolled. There is zero tolerance for plagiarized (copied) work of any kind. Participants will not receive credit toward passing the course on work which has been plagiarized. This includes discussion postings as well.

For information and practice, before class begins, please be sure to:
  • Review Quotations, Paraphrases and Summaries from The OWL at Purdue (OWL = Online Writing Lab) for acceptable quotation practices
  • See details on the UO Student Conduct Code
  • Complete the Intellectual Property Quiz
    This is a 10-item self-assessment quiz to help raise awareness and provide information about intellectual property (citation, fair use, plagiarism, etc.). All participants in the University of Oregon's online courses are expected to comply with the following policies and practices.
    • Student Conduct Code
    • Intellectual Property
    • Acceptable Use Policy for IT

Webskills Contact Information

Celeste Scholz
University of Oregon
American English Institute
Email: uo.celeste@gmail.com

Last updated 22 September 2016, 11:45AM Pacific Time, LOB.