The TEFL2YL EVO 2016 was an eventful 5 weeks of Moderating and also Participating, my dual role ensured my overall dedication to the participants of the Moodle course in the support forums. Being able to see the picture from both perspectives is an integral part of understanding the flow of the course material and didactic aims. It has been an informative learning process which will undoubtedly assist in future moderating experiences, or even course structuring within the moodle platform.
The role as moderator involved answering calls for assistance in the set tasks via the Support forums set up for each path each week. Customarily the participants could only access the following week once the current week had come to pass. But nonetheless were able to constantly return to the previous weeks to verify their work tasks completion status. The importance of viewing the completion status was tied directly to attaining the Badge for the week, but sometimes became elusive to the all in the fret and flurry to get to the next task which almost always assured that some tasks were left half finished.
Following is an overview of the Syllabus for the five weeks :
The completion of the whole 5 weeks course provided participants with a Certificate of Completion. Inasmuch as the certificate itself may not equate to credits for work or university it is a worthy testament of dedication to bettering one’s understanding of online learning and communication. Personally the satisfaction of knowing that a course has been completed in all its facets brings its own rewarding pleasure.
The Badges designed specifically for this course by Dr Nellie Deutsch were a tribute to the Young Learners whom are the focal point of the course – Teachers teaching English as a Foreign Language to Young Learners (TEFL2YL).
The participants were also required to create a final reflection in the form of a SlideSpeech or PresentMe presentation. All of the participants provided amazing presentations and insight into their own personal learning experience. Following are my own final week 5 presentations.
Every year the EVO sessions promise 5 weeks of movement and participation in so many varied events for Teachers worldwide. One of the added bonuses is making a host of new acquaintances some of which turn out to be long time friends. The other of course is catching up with friends from past sessions, albeit virtually online.
My time difference, being in Melbourne Australia, this year did mean there would have been a time lag in responding but the understanding and patience of the participants lent a hand in keeping my head together in the ministration of the moodle breadcrumbs.
The EVO wrap up session was also a great opportunity to discuss our own personal learning journey as a Moderator and listen to other Moderators talk about their sessions. All sessions are always successful not only because they are EVO sessions but mainly due to the dedication by all the organizers, mentors, moderators and participants forming an online lively bustling community for five weeks. The end marks the exhilaration from watching back on the work and tasks completed.
Google+ EVO Wrap up event and my comments