VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Blending Learning in TESOL: 10 Best Practices
Matthew D. Edward

Building: A12
Room: Room 303
Date: 2018-10-13 10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-15

Abstract


Blended and hybrid learning—in which a portion of instruction is delivered in the classroom, with supplementary online learning activities comprising as much, if not more than, the total course material—is now widespread in Western higher education, and some Vietnamese institutions have begun experimenting with it in fields such as business, graphic arts, and soft skills. The TESOL field, however, appears to lag behind other academic disciplines, with leading certifications such as the CELTA, and many masters programs, still lacking a dedicated session or course on best-practices in educational technology. This workshop will present 10 best practices for TESOL instructors hoping to incorporate aspects of blended learning into their courses. Topics covered will include a short primer on when to incorporate blended elements into a TESOL course, how to properly leverage a learning management system so that it allows students to engage in useful learning activities rather than serving as a sort of document repository, how to establish a good pace for online activities, and other best practices for running an effective hybrid course. Partipants will discuss the merits of blended learning, debate some of its use-cases, and participate in an activity that will see them reconceptualize one of the courses or lessons they teach so that it incorporates hybrid elements.

Keywords


LMS, learning management system, blended learning, hybrid learning, educational technology, TESOL