Category: Professional Development

A mix of online webinars, online courses and MOOCs.

Online Teacher Toolkit

The Economic Landscape – it’s not as bad as it seems A simple scan of the job pages highlights a period of economic transition. Words like: downturn, Brexit, recession, inexperience, (lack of) training, (lack of) digital skills, (demand for) basic literacy and numeracy, vie for our attention. In my mind, with any transition, with any difficulty, indeed, within Read More …

Sketch 30 In June

Wanting to explore more colourful ways of putting my ideas on paper, a few months back I joined a beginners Sketching workshop led by Martin Barnes of Mountains of Imagination. During the month of June, Martin is leading a challenge to get all those interested, sketching on a regular basis. The aim is to build Read More …

iPad Sketching Workshop

  Way back when a friend introduced me to two sketching apps – Bamboo Paper and Paper 53. I promptly downloaded them and even did a bit of a test with Bamboo Paper. And then…nothing! Until I attended a Sketching Professional Starter Workshop led by Martin Barnes of Mountains of Imagination last month. He shared Read More …

Teachers as Designers Video Teaser 1

Teachers as Designers (EVO 2016) – What’s it all about? Check out the video teaser. http://teachersasdesigners.edublogs.org/

Teachers as Designers

Are you a language teacher? Are you interested in using technology in the classroom? Want to know more about Learning Design? Well, then join us for a free, online professional development course starting Monday 11th January 2016. Go to the Teachers as Designers blog here to find out more.

COLT – Certificate in Online Tutoring – Reflection 2

Here’s a short Present.Me video clip of my reflections on the main similarities and differences between Face-to-Face and Online Learning – Teacher Presence, Types of Activities, Digital Literacy, Reading & Writing skills – some challenges, and possible solutions.

COLT – Certificate in Online Tutoring – Reflection 1

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 Read More …

ELTeach : English Teachers’ Online Professional Development in China

ELTeach Symposium On 24th April 2015, I had the honour of joining the Symposium on English Teacher’s Professional Development Through Online Self-Access Learning, an expose on the current situation of English Teacher Training/English Teaching in the China context and an introduction to a new, online English Teacher Training platform for local teachers: ELTeach. Symposium Topics Read More …

Learn Lab Workshop – Education & Business in China

On 14th April 2015, I participated in Learn Lab’s Business Models in Education workshop at Binggo Cafe in Beijing. About Learn Lab Learn Lab is an accelerator, an entity that brings people with ideas (entrepreneurs) together with people looking to invest in ideas (angel investors). Through education-focused training and mentoring, Learn Lab’s aim is to Read More …

CET webinar – Increasing Motivation through Visualisation, Reflections and Assessment

What Dreams May Come? Describing myself as a visual learner, I was very pleased to see the use of images take centre stage of this webinar. Indeed, photographs, pictures and drawings are all great ways to stimulate ideas and encourage reflection in the classroom. The webinar presenter, Terry Prosser, gave us lots of ideas for Read More …