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The course is aimed at all educators interested in learning how to set up online communities, and online training events or conferences. 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 ICT skills, at the same time as they gain some experience in online learning and ICT. It is especially recommended for educational directors or conference organisers wishing to add value to their organizations.
This two-week online course is for educators interested in learning how to set up online communities, and online training events or conferences. The practical, hands-on course includes:
- the theory and practice of online communities of practice (CoPs) : what are they, and what makes them work
- a tour of several functioning CoPs related to language teaching and training
- a look at examples of real online events and conferences, from short one-hour synchronous events to long-tem online conferences which use asynchronous communication and resources
- an exploration of various free web-based tools that can be used to create web communities and events (e.g. Yahoogroups, Google Hangouts, Moodle, Twitter, video-conferencing platforms ...)
Course participants will consider how they might set up an online community and/or training event for their own context, during this course.