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This is a quick overview to one of the projects that Ethos is involved in - the English Language Learning in New Zealand (ELLINZ) blended learning
programme. The ELLINZ design and development team is working with the Ministry of Education in NZ to find a blended learning solution that will assist students learning English as another language before they move into mainstream classes, especially in schools where there is little or no specialist ESOL support. The staff on the design team work collaboratively, enabling a cross functional, multi-skilled team environment, sharing an online project team working space and collaborative documents. An ICTELT blended design has been developed for this pilot intervention, initially through the use of the ICTELT model and suite of tools (e.g. process model, framework, and mindmap).
The main focus is to offer personalised learning in an environment with students engaged in activities where they are able to generate and co-construct knowledge through their interactions with other learners and teachers and with the activities and opportunities provided. The underpinning design places great importance on the students' background, culture and learning preferences. Learners will be supported by an eTutor in face-to-face and/or asynchronous mode, as well as with a designated off-site eTeacher who acts as a learning coach who guides and collaborates with students, partly through facilitating weekly webinar sessions with geographically diverse students. The programme of learning is to be mainly hosted in a Learning Management System (Moodle) site that functions as the formal hub for learning activities and resources. Asynchronous communication with peers, reflective activities, social interaction and learning, and communication with the eTeacher is hosted in a social networking space (Ning). Assessment (both formative and summative) is embedded within the programme, and includes peer-feedback and self-assessment. The project is just completed the trial phase, and evaluation will be collected from the students, eTutors, eTeachers, and support staff who have been involved. This feedback will be fed into the build of the pilot programme, and a formal research study will be carried out to measure whether the ICTELT blended design approach assists second language acquisition, as well as its effects on affective factors such as motivation.
You can read more about the project in this paper: http://scr.bi/q5xgsW
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