Online Course on Technology in TEFL

Facilitator: Deborah Healey

Course Requirements

  1. Complete all online course assignments (initial assignments are detailed below, but these may change over time)
  2. Write a weekly journal at the end of each week. Discuss what you have done and how that may affect your teaching; email it to Deborah at Deborah.Healey@orst.edu. This should be a product of your reflections on what you have done and learned, not just a recitation of what you did during the week. You'll do three of these in all. The journals should be sent no later than Monday of the following week--don't plan on doing all three on the last day!


Initial Syllabus

The syllabus will change in response to your surveys and wishes as we go through the seminar. Please let me know if you need more time or information on any topic.

Week 1 (Oct 27-31)

---Introduction to the seminar

Welcome to TEFLTECH, the listserv

Day 1: Send a message to the TEFLTECH listserv, introducing yourself to the other members. You can Reply to the Welcome message to do this. (tefltech@e-lists.usia.gov)

Introduction to online work

Quick questionnaire

Day 1: Read and Reply to the questionnaire; send your answers to Deborah. (The questionnaire explains how)

Course description and requirements

---E-mail

Definitions

Basic procedures

Day 2: Get email addresses of two more people and send a message to each of them. Reply to a message sent to you.

Email extras: address lists and folders

Day 3: Create an address list with the TEFLTECH list, Deborah, and members of your subgroup. Send one more email message to your subgroup, describing your feelings about what we've done so far.

Day 3: Create two folders for your email messages, one for messages from the mailing list and one for personal messages. Transfer your messages to the appropriate folder.

Saving files to disk

Day 4: Save one or two messages to disk. Open your word-processor, then open the message you saved.

Attachments

Day 5: Send yourself a message with an attachment to a message. Save the attached file to disk and open it from your word-processor. Strip out extra characters as needed.

---Intro to listservs

Definition

Procedures

Subscribe to TESL-L. Send a message to listserv@cunyvm.cuny.edu and in the body, say

SUB TESL-L firstname lastname (put your own first name and last name - only one each!) See more information

Discussion Times

Wednesday

Probably 6-8pm CET; read your e-mail to be sure.

Initial topic: your successes and problems so far (but you can ask about anything else, too)

Send an email message to the Listserv (for comments from anyone online) or to Deborah and get an immediate response, if your mailer permits it. If you have mail that is sent in a "batch" rather than immediately, the response won't be immediate because we won't receive your message right away.

Friday

Probably 6-8pm CET; read your e-mail to be sure.

Initial topic: your successes and problems so far (but you can ask about anything else, too)

Readings

(via e-mail and the TEFLTECH archives)

Week 2 (November 3-7)

--More on Listservs

Joining TESL-L, the mailing list for English language teachers.

Day 1: Subscribe to TESL-L (see Subscribing to TESL-L). Read the Welcome message, then subscribe to a sublist of interest to you. Set TESL-L to Digest.

Digest and Index

Day 2: Set TESL-L to Index and note the difference between Index and Digest. Which best serves your needs: regular Mail, Index, or Digest? Get at least one posting from the Index. Get the list of files from the TESL-L archives by sending the message INDEX TEFLTECH to listserv@e-list.usia.edu

Getting files

Day 3: Get LISTDB.file from the TEFLTECH archives.Try a search of TEFLTECH or TESL-L and summarize what you find. Post your summary to the group.

---Introduction to the World Wide Web

Definitions

Searching the Web

Day 4: Compose a one-term ("simple") search on the WWW. See what results you get from different search engines. Compare those results with ones from a metasearch engine. Look at Searching the Web for help

Bookmark the sites you like.

Discussion Times

Wednesday

Probably 6-8pm CET; read your e-mail to be sure.

Initial topic: Navigating SchMOOze

Meet at SchMOOze, an online real-time discussion area. See SchMOOze information for how to get there and what to do.

Friday

Probably 6-8pm CET; read your e-mail to be sure.

Meet at SchMOOze, an online real-time discussion area. See SchMOOze information for how to get there and what to do.

Readings

Week 3 (November 10-14)

--More on the World Wide Web

Creating a bookmark (Netscape) or favorites (Internet Explorer) file

Day 1: Check out EFL sites and content sites that have been provided at Deborah's ESL Sites and Dave's ESL Cafe; search for new EFL sites and content sites to share with the list. Create a bookmark file for yourself and another for your students. Add annotations.

Advanced searches

Day 2: Look at the help information for different search engines to see how to compose a multiple-term ("advanced") search with Boolean operators. Think about the differences in format among search engines. Do an "advanced" search with different search engines; mail your ideas about the differences in results to TEFLTECH@e-list.usia.gov

Saving a bookmark file to disk

Day 2: If you are using Netscape Navigator, you can save your bookmark file to disk and give it to others to use. See Sharing Bookmarks for more information.

Creating lesson plans and customizing your browser

Day 3: Design a lesson plan for student use of a specific site. Customize the options on Netscape or another browser (e.g., open with a blank page for faster loading)

Saving files to disk; open file vs. open location

See The Web Offline for more

--introduction to HTML, HyperText Markup Language

Using HTML

Day 4: Design a Web page for yourself or your students, based on the template that you have saved to disk.

More...

Day 5+: Continue work on finding and bookmarking sites, designing a Web page, or creating lesson plans for student use of the Web.

Discussion Times

Wednesday

Probably 7am-9am CET; read your e-mail to be sure.

We may try a Chat if people have been able to download clients; otherwise, we'll either go for email or SchMOOze again.

Saturday - last chance!

Time TBA; place TBA


Go to the Online Seminar Index

http://ucs.orst.edu/~healeyd/tefltech/syllabus.html
Updated 14 July 2001 by D.Healey, Deborah.Healey@orst.edu.