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TEFL2YL EVO 2016

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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 :

TEFL2YL Syllabus.png

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).

TEFL2YL all 5 badges

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.

TEFL2YL Cert full

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.

EVO 16 Certificate

Google+  EVO Wrap up event and my comments

EVO event

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Author: Nives Torresi

Nives Torresi is a Teacher of English as a foreign language; English Drama; Business English and English Exam Preparation (Cambridge FCE). Nives also translates from Italian to English (with a specialization in Business Manuals, Historical archives and Medical papers), works as Interpreter and Mediator for Business negotiations. Currently also teaches online via interactive learning platform for Business English courses and Language tutoring. Participates actively in online Teacher Training or development courses such as M4T Moodle for Teachers, Teaching with Technology, Learn to Blend and Flip with Technology, Action Research Projects to improve Instruction and Learning. Moderator in the Moodle courses for M4T EVO 15; M4T EVO 16 - TEFL2YL EVO 16 Recent online live webinar Presentations include: - The "One Foolish Monkey" series on History of Blogging with co-Teacher Tom Hodgers - CO15 - Connecting Online live Conference - "Understanding Pair Teaching in Micro Teaching Online" with Tom Hodgers. - Webinars for IATEFL YLT SIG: 2015 - "Play, Learn and Grow Together" an After school English language learning project. 2016 - "Play, Learn and Grow Together" a Pre-school English language learning project. - MM7 Moodle Mooc 7 by Integrating Technology - M4T moodle for teachers - Live Webinar presentation "Teaching and Learning Along the Way" November 16, 2015 - EFL Talks - Answers webinar February 20, 2016 "Using a Board Game in the EFL classroom" - EFL Talks - TERMS "PODCASTS" - MM9 co-Presenter with Thomas Hodgers "Teaching Online with Moodle" - MM9 Panelist on Digital Badges Discussion - HeartELT project - contributing author letter "W" - EVO Moderator Training 2014; 2015; 2016 - TEFL2YL EVO 2017 Session moderator and presenter "Board Games in the EFL Classroom" CO 17 Connecting Online live Conference Presenter with Tom Hodgers "Teamwork Online" Other projects include Business English Conversation; Business English for Managers; Business English for Engineers; Courses in digital format wholly online.

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