Okayama JALT:

Teaching, Learning and Interacting Online

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2020 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Judy Kambara (Okayama University), Teresa Kobayashi (Okayama University), Susan Meiki (Okayama University), Claire Uchida (Okayama University)

Description:
Four presentations all concerned with adjusting to online learning.

Judy Kambara, Okayama University
Bringing Projects and Discussions Online in the Age of Coronavirus
In this era of online learning, it can be challenging to create conditions for learning and having meaningful discussions, but it is possible. Last year, students in my 2nd-year four-skills English classes studied and discussed human rights in a face-to-face format. They then researched specific human rights violations, created websites in Google Sites, and shared their learning in a simultaneous rotating workshop format. Students then shared answers to reflection questions in a round-table discussion. In this session, I will outline how I have adapted this course’s format for discussions and projects to be conducted fully online using Moodle.

Teresa Kobayashi, Okayama University
Personal Website Building as a Relevant and Motivational Tool for ESL
The 4 skills Academic English course is required for 2nd year students at Okayama University and many of them struggle with it. I have found website building can help students to stay focused and interested by helping them to see real life merit in English proficiency. Each website includes a cover letter, resume, journal and a research project. The research project takes the form of an essay, infographic, and presentation video, on a topic of their choice. I will discuss what I consider to be the important motivational factors of the project, and how I have adapted it to a full online course from this academic year.

Susan Meiki, Okayama University Creating
Moodle Textbooks For Speaking and Content Courses
This presentation will explain usage of digital textbooks in two courses, a speaking course and an advanced English science course. The speaking course was created in a group effort of best practices and goals of the Speaking Curriculum designed by Okayama University. The science course was created by the speaker for a faculty seeking to improve English skills in science subjects. The LMS utilized was Moodle and the integration benefits of using this platform will be explained. Concluding the presentation, the Moodle system will be compared with Google Drive, another platform for digital textbooks.

Claire Uchida, Okayama University
We're all in this together! Making the move to a completely online learning environment
The presenter will explain how "From the Fridge," a project in a blended learning course was converted for use in a fully remote course environment for lower intermediate students. Some of the changes in the procedure, platform and software, including the use of synchronous and asynchronous communication tools, will be outlined. In addition an overview of how to enhance the learning environment and develop a sense of community within the virtual classroom will be given. Providing adequate scaffolding enables students to both overcome the various technical difficulties they may encounter and engage themselves sufficiently is a challenge. Teachers and students need to learn together.

ZOOM MEETING INFO: Meeting ID: 929 3154 5600 Password: 450944

Organization: Okayama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Okayama JALT)

Cost: free

Venue: ZOOM Meeting Info: Meeting ID: 929 3154 5600 Password: 450944

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