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Weekly Readings





These are the weekly readings for the session. Once you have read the articles, please go to our forum to give your comments





Week 1

  • Hints for Learning Online - Learning on-line is a new experience for all of us; however, it is a way of learning that will increase in the future, as more institutions and organizations use the Internet for distance education. Does being a student in an on-line environment require new strategies for maximizing your learning? We believe it does, and we would like to share some simple tips to help you succeed as a student on the Web.
  • What makes a successful online student - from Illinios Online Network, qualities for online students
  • Netiquette - "Netiquette" stands for "Internet Etiquette", and refers to the set of practices created over the years to make the Internet experience pleasant for everyone.



Week 2

Blogging for ELT, by Graham Stanley:   http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/blogging-elt


The Use of Blogs, Wikis and RSS in Education: A Conversation of Possibilities, by Peter Duffy & Axel Bruns: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/5398/1/5398.pdf


7 things you should know about wikis: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7004.pdf



Additional Readings

Microblogging for Language Learning: Using Twitter to Train Communicative and Cultural Competence, by Kerstin Borau, Carsten Ullrich, Jinjin Feng and Ruimin Shen: http://www.carstenullrich.net/pubs/ICWL78.pdf


A Teacher's Guide to Twitter, by Kate Klingensmith:   http://onceateacher.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/a-teachers-guide-to-twitter/


How blogs can make the link, by Chris Alden: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2006/jan/09/weblogs1


Where do I start? Blogging Basics, by Melanie Nelson and Karen Lewis: http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-do-i-start-a-blog/




Week 3

Almeida d'Eça, T. (2004). Online Communication Tools that Promote Language Learning. Polifonia, pdf.

This article is based on my year-and-a-half experience with the Webheads in Action, an online community of practice... After referring the main features of each tool (Tapped In, Yahoo Messenger and Yahoo Groups), as well as some advantages, disadvantages and practical applications to the teaching-learning process and to online professional development, the article ends with advice and conclusions based on my practical experience with the Webheads


Chun Lai and Yong Zhao. Noticing and Text Based Chat, Language Learning & Technology Vol.10, No.3, September 2006, pp. 102-120 This study examined the capacity of text-based online chat to promote learners’ noticing of their problematic language productions and of the interactional feedback from their interlocutors 


Gonzalez, D. & Esteves, L. (2006).  Enhancing Collaboration Through Chat in ESP: A Conversation Analysis. IATEFL Poland Computer SIG Journal,May 2006].Chat rooms are ideal spaces for interaction, collaboration and negotiation of meaning, crucial aspects in language learning. However, they have not been fully exploited in language teaching. This study shows the results of a conversation analysis of 30 transcriptions of chat sessions where architecture students were carrying out collaborative group work. The researchers wanted to discover the discourse patterns and conversational strategies used by the students in this online context to study their possible repercussions in English learning. The results seem to indicate that the students were building the kind of discourse that is thought to lead to language learning. 





Week 4

Creating Materials Online with Free Teacher Tools, by María Isabel Pérez Torres

Pérez, I. (2003). Creating Materials Online with Free Teacher Tools. TESOL Spain, Newsletter 2003.

This article focuses on this utility of the Internet. Some sites are presented where teachers can easily design activities and exercises online, such as quizzes, tests, puzzles or surveys, which require no advanced computer skills. Included are only those tools that are free for educational use for obvious reasons.


A short note: 

2 of the sites mentioned in the article no longer exist; one is Headline Makers    http://lang.swarthmore.edu/makers/index.htm when you click on the link you get the message: The server at lang.swarthmore.edu is taking too long to respond.    

*   The site could be temporarily unavailable, the other is Trackstar   http://trackstar.hprtec.org/ the link takes us to a site about Online Casino and Gambling I suppose the present site is: http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/index.jsp




Week 5

There are a lot of things to read and watch here. Don't feel you have to read everything !!

Pick and choose something you like and share your thoughts with us !

Don't forget you will be able to come back to the wiki later on in the year ! (You can bookmark using your favourite bookmarking tool).


  • An easy to understand video about Networked students and teachers. How blended learning can change our role as "teacher".



  • Blended learning from the students' point of view - again thought provoking stuff for teachers and parents. Do you agree with this viewpoint ?



  • The debate is open : what is blended learning ? (A clear posting - that's not too long but asks some interesting questions).



  • E-learning resources explained clearly. A good starting point for reading :



  • Read what other educators are sharing on twitter on this subject.There is plenty of food for thought here.

          (All the tweets using the #edchat  have been collected together in an easy to use posting)


The very curious can see the whole #edchat here http://tinyurl.com/27yxwju


  • Some recent research done on blended learning. A very detailed account of the state of blended learning and its challenges today. (Nov 2010) 



  • An account of how our very own Dafne has used blended learning in her teaching context.



  • An interesting article on e-learning. What is and what isn't e-learning ?



  • Teresa shares with us her classroom journey with the webheads,  towards blended learning and going "global"







Comments (2)

Vicinnkir said

at 1:32 pm on Jan 18, 2011

Hello, Jose Antonio,
You have put two readings into the Forum`s discussion table, there are 1. Blogging for ELT, by Graham Stanley and 2. The Use of Blogs, Wikis and RSS in Education: A Conversation of Possibilities, by Peter Duffy & Axel Bruns
We are expected to send notes on two these readings only or what else, I wonder?
For me, to read all the 7 readings seem to be too much but certainly I assume they are all of great importance for us.
In addition, all of them lead us to further readings and connections and to follow all of them is seem to be endless and so it is too hard for me.
So, what, to read seven readings and send 7 comments ????
Victor from Siberia

Jose Antonio da Silva said

at 1:47 pm on Jan 18, 2011

Hello Victor,

You are certainly right: seven texts is certainly a lot to read in a week as busy as this one. I have edited the wiki and marked the others as additional/optional readings. aAbout comments, you should just post your comments to the forum regarding the first two that are in the forum.
Thanks a lot for pointing that out.
Feel free to ask any questions if you have any other doubts
Jose Antonio

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