On Sunday July 26 Vance took time off from celebrating the wedding of a son in Penang to moderate a Learning2gether with Ljubica Damevska and Sabrina Wilson and on Tandem MOOC. Sabrina Wilson had arranged for Ljubica Damevska to join us on Learning2gether to talk about her analysis of transactions between English and Spanish native speakers participating in that MOOC.
Ljubica is a CELTA qualified English teacher and Master’s degree student at the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. Ljubica is interested in online language learning, particularly in the new trend of Language MOOCs. She is currently working on her final project on Tandem MOOC under the tutelage of Dr. Christine Appel, one of the coordinators of the Tandem MOOC project and the director of the eLearn Center at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).
Here’s her bio from the Innovate ELT Conference in Barcelona this past May.
and her Prezi from that conference, which she screen-shared during this event.
Here is the description of her presentation
Foreign Language Massive Open Online Courses (LMOOCs) are a fairly new educational model emerging from the rich, flexible, collaborative, and social interactive nature of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Tandem MOOC is a free LMOOC developed by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). The course took place at the beginning of November and lasted six weeks. Students, who took part in Tandem MOOC, could improve their speaking in English or Spanish with native speakers of the language they were learning. The novelty of Tandem MOOC lies in its focus on communicative activities developed by students. In the Tandem MOOC platform students used video chat tools and a system that paired them up automatically with the partner of the foreign language they were learning. Every week, students solved communicative activities in tandem and feedback was provided by their native tandem partners.
Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)
Time for the hiatus to come to an end and discuss possibilities for ELT Live Hangouts and other online gatherings with Language Learners and Educators. Tune in and join in at: http://eltlive.com/live
Tuesday, July 21 0100 UTC Global Times: http://bit.ly/1M98Kwn
Hangout on Air event page with YouTube recording
The virtual faculty lounge discussions continue…
Google+ Hangout on Air event page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/clv916pp6mcn40uiceld71d5dqs
All are welcome to join in and discuss what’s on their ELT plate right now – reflections on past semesters, plans for upcoming courses, possibilities for student learning exchanges, or anything else.
Tune in and join in at: http://eltlive.com/live
Global Times: http://bit.ly/1OkEFbY
Google+ Hangout on Air event page:
Sundays July 26, and August 1 anyone is welcome to host a L2g event but Vance is not sure where he will be exactly