Category: Online Learning

October 25, 2016 karinawp No comments exist

Activities that support online community of inquiry In my previous post I listed some of my own ideas to facilitate cognitive, social and teacher presence in an online learning environment. I thought it would be interesting to put them side-by-side with some of the examples given in the paper. Although I do not plan to run…

October 19, 2016 karinawp 1 comment

    Critical Enquiry in a Text-Based Environment: Computer Conferencing in Higher Education by Garrison, Anderson & Archer (2000) puts forward a learning concept and a tool for computer-mediated communication (CMC) in supporting an educational experience.  The concept of Community of Inquiry (CoI) concerns knowledge formation and the process of scientific inquiry to solve problems within a…

October 1, 2016 karinawp No comments exist

Technological developments make learning online convenient, accessible and in many cases, free. Yet, there are stories of high dropout rates and the fear of loneliness confirms distance is both geographical and psychological. So can online programmes be effectively designed to allow learners to feel part of a community and thus go the distance of the course? This…

October 21, 2015 karinawp No comments exist

Here is an informal reflection of where I am at right now in terms of teaching and learning, inspired by an Educause Review article entitled Heads on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0, by John Seely Brown and Richard P. Adler. Friends in China can watch the video on Youku.

October 15, 2015 karinawp No comments exist

A teacher friend was invited to speak at a Braz-TESOL Seminar in Brazil last month on the topic of Online Learning & Liveware. She asked me to contribute by sharing my experiences as an online, distance learner. I obliged with a 5 minute video presentation. Friends outside of China are welcome to watch the video…

August 25, 2015 karinawp No comments exist

Netiquette for Teachers Last weekend, I had the privelige and honour of guest presenting on Karin Heuert Galvao’s webinar Netiquette for Teachers. Karin is the Director of iStudy Interactive Learning, an online language teaching portal, based in Brazil. And Netiquette is something I have ample experience in, from my first online learning experience with the…

July 19, 2015 karinawp No comments exist

COLT This summer I’m delving deeper into two very different areas – Teaching Chinese and Online Tutoring. Both of these courses are exciting for very different reasons – and if you can understand basic Chinese – which is all I can say (!) – then check out recent posts labelled 瑞娜说中文 and 对外汉语. The online course…

December 31, 2014 karinawp 1 comment

Background Having thoroughly enjoyed the Education Revolution talk at the American Chamber of Commerce last month, I invited the speaker, Noel Thomas, co-principal at Yew Chung International School in Beijing, for an informal video interview. From Apple 2E’s to BBC micro-computers to 1-2-1 laptop computing and the internet, Noel has been at the heart of…

December 21, 2014 karinawp No comments exist

Background Having thoroughly enjoyed the Education Revolution talk at the American Chamber of Commerce last month, I invited the speaker, Noel Thomas, co-principal at Yew Chung International School in Beijing, for an informal video interview. From Apple 2E’s to BBC micro-computers to 1-2-1 laptop computing and the internet, Noel has been at the heart of…

December 18, 2014 karinawp No comments exist

Background Having thoroughly enjoyed the Education Revolution talk at the American Chamber of Commerce last month, I invited the speaker, Noel Thomas, co-principal at Yew Chung International School in Beijing, for an informal video interview. From Apple 2E’s to BBC micro-computers to 1-2-1 laptop computing and the internet, Noel has been at the heart of…