Title Trainers' English - PRECISE
Project Number LLP-LdV-TOI-2007-013
Product E-Tutor Pilot Course
Title E-Tutor Pilot Course
Product Type material for open learning
This is a short online course for future e-tutors who want to get practical training on online course management, online evaluation, LMS called Moodle and its services as well as detailed information and related tasks about an interactive online IT English course for IT teachers and trainers.
The course covers units on e-tutoring, Moodle LMS, Online evaluation techniques as well as individual and collaborative tasks for about 25-30 hours of online learning.
PRECISE PROJECT E-TUTOR COURSE
INTRODUCTION TO THE E-LEARNING COURSE
Aim of the course
This 5-module on-line course has been developed for teachers of English or IT teachers with an advanced level of English within the framework of an international project, PRECISE, with the collaboration Bulgaria, Hungary, Great Britain, Portugal and Romania. The aims of the course are that participating teachers develop their on-line tutoring skills, so that they can act as on-line tutors in the ‘IT English’ on-line language course for IT teachers.
In order to do that, they should
the characteristic features of individual learning and e-learning,
the operation of Moodle learning environment and the tutoring tools within that,
the operation of E-exam
the on-line learning material developed for the IT teachers, where the tutors will provide support;
• administer the learners’ development;
• motivate the learners;
• follow the skills development of the learners;
• promote on-line communication within Moodle.
Placement level and learning outcome
It is desirable that participants of the e-Tutor course are teachers of English or IT teachers at level C2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, regarding their level of reading, writing and communication skills. Previous experience in on-line learning or tutoring is considered to be an advantage. The adequate language level of IT teachers is a basic condition of participation, its assessment is the duty and responsibility of the partner countries.
Completing the course allows the e-Tutors to successfully contribute to the language development of the IT teachers in the on-line course.
In order to accomplish the course, participants should
o pass the on-line test after each module at a minimum level of 60%;
o complete a project task at a minimum level of 60%
o document the learning process in the learning diary (blog)
o participate regularly in the on-line discussions
o co-operate with the tutor.
Duration of the course and expected learning time
The course lasts for 4 weeks.
Participants are expected to work on the modules for appr. 20 hours.
Completing the project task including communication may demand 20-25 hours.
The learning material consist of 5 modules covering the following topics:
1. E-learning and e-tutoring
2. Moodle – the learning management system, E-exam
3. Feedback and evaluation techniques in e-learning
4. The IT course
5. E-tutoring in the IT course
Each module contains
• the detailed information of the topic;
• topic-related links to explanations or further information on the topic;
• a project task ;
• a self-evaluation test;
• a glossary of terms;
• a forum for discussion.
Compulsory material and activities
Each participant in the e-tutor course is expected to hand in an educational portfolio. The portfolio should contain:
Materials of the 5 modules with individual on-line exams on each;
Project task of one chosen topic based on international collaboration;
Communication on the Moodle forums;
Learning diary (blog)
There are interactive tasks in the E-exam software that is accessible from Moodle. This software allows
testing existing knowledge before starting a module
practising and consolidating vocabulary involved
extending vocabulary belonging to the topic of the module
testing the improvement of tutoring skills, preparing for the exam.
Further links are provided in each module that help the participants learn more about the topic.
Although the modules are separate units, it is advisable to learn them in the given order. The Study Guide and the tutors assist the learners to get the most out of the learning material.
During the e-Tutor course, a Portfolio evaluation method is used, where a number of course outcomes are evaluated. The elements of the portfolio are:
on-going self-evaluation documented in the learning diary (blog)
o results of the E-exam
o acquired skills
E-exam test after each module
o the tests can be taken more than once but the results should always be recorded
the project task
o the task result
o self-and peer evaluation of the task result
o the tutor’s evaluation of the task result
Target group Potential e-tutors with English language skills of minimum C2 level.
Result Competence in online course management, information and skills in Moodle LMS management, competence in e-portfolio task management, practice in electronic evaluation supported by software.
Area of application All fields of online education.
Product Languages English