ELT Techniques: Listening and Pronunciation

The above MOOC starts up on the 18th of November. It’s free.

Click to go to the web page:

Listening and Pronunciation link





eLearning Environment announced!

Just in case you missed the VU-wide email – VU has a new eLearning environment. Well…. a choice has been made but we have to wait a little while yet i.e.

Planning for this program of implementation is underway and further details will be communicated once they have been confirmed. The program is working towards having the environment available for staff from Semester 2 2013, with full go-live in semester 1, 2014. I look forward to your support of this initiative.

More information will be made available in time, but to get an idea of the D2L suite (I’m not entirely sure if the whole suite will be available) here is a link to the D2L web page outlining the various integrated tools. It looks great – and a leap forward from the current suite of tools we have.

Click on the image to go to the webpage

Open Educational Resources


G’day everyone – it’s been a very long time since the last post. As we move towards planning for next year and increasing the flexibility of our courses, I’m thinking access to quality resources to supplement those already being used will become very useful.

The Open Education ‘movement’ aims to make resources readily available to anyone with internet access – students and teachers alike – and so here is the first of what I imagine will be a series of links to such resources.

Wikipedia describes Open Educational Resources as:

OERs include courses, course materials, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals. OERs also comprise tools for delivering educational content, e.g. software that supports the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content, searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and on-line learning communities. Resources for the implementation of open education include intellectual property licenses that govern open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.[1][2]

The first site presented here is:


Click to go to the site. Join up and you can both access and contribute resources.

Free open eLearning Courses


For those of you who would like a (free) introduction to developing and running online courses, there is the second in a series about to start:

  • Empowering Learning Through Community September 26th – October 17th, 2012. Registration opens Wednesday, September 19th.

AND  if you don’t want to enrol in the course as it is running, you can access it in your own time later  – just like the previous course currently available:

  • Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success

Click on the image to go to the sign up page:

The courses are offered by Coursesites which is a free resource from Blackboard.

The principles could be applied in a variety of Learning Management Systems, but if Blackboard does become the new VU LMS, by doing the course, there is the extra attraction of seeing how Blackboard works.



Multimedia tool


Thanks to Tracy Batt for this lead – Educaplay is a ‘…platform for creating multimedia teaching activities’. They’re essentially designed for creating simple language exercises by the looks (see range of activity types below). They can be embedded in webpages for integration into larger web-based tasks. The one I tried (jumbled sentences) was easy to use – after a bit of orientation.
Click on either of the images to go to the sign up page (a bit confusingly referred to as sign-in here).