How to make your own eBooks
CAE have published a guide to creating EPUB digital books. (Click on the image to link to the CAE Report and instructions.)
What is an eBook?
An eBook is an electronic book!
It is meant to be read on an electronic device like an eReader, smart phone or tablet computer (but also on a desktop or laptop). The eBook is portable and can contain all of the information that is published in pBooks (paper books) – but can also include digital resources through hyperlinks to websites and embedded videos.
Let me know if you’re interested in exploring further.
Do you have links and/or ideas you’d like to publicise or see explored here? Let me know by posting a comment, and I’ll look into it.
I’m currently in a webinar being moderated by Brad Beach from Central Gippsland TAFE on online facilitation skills.
The ‘Gippsland Model’ is based on the Face-to-Face (F2F) teaching model – very structured – around a 5-day lesson model – including introduction of resources with set discussion topics for the content – facilitated asynchronously – with a synchronous session later in the week – assessment items – online courses are funded under the standard staffing funding model – same class sizes – same hours.
Requires up front funding for development, but Gipps TAFE now make $7mill a year form online courses.
Here are a couple of screen grabs of key points brad made (I’ll see if I can get a link to the presentation when it becomes available):
And here’s a link to a flexiblelearning.net.au resources on online facilitation.
TESOL International Association seminars
I received an email about TESOL’s series of professional ESL teaching seminars. They are free for members and $45.00 for non-members. The next one is about ‘Teaching students how to listen’.
TESOL International Association online seminars – click the image to go the site for more information
It’s been a while since the last post. Here’s a link to a recent report from the Open University in the UK (sent by Michelle O’Brien).
It presents a: ‘ … series of reports [exploring] new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation.’ A couple that might be of particular interest in our current climate are those on ‘New pedagogy for e-books’ and ‘Assessment for learning’.
(Click on the image to go to the report site)
Innovating Pedagogy – Open University
Interactive PowerPoint on Slideshare
Here is the PowerPoint presentation made to the VU College Forum on Friday 20th. Hyperlinks referred to in the talk are active in the Slideshare version – access them by clicking on (most) images within the PowerPoint AND summary notes are available by clicking on ‘Notes on Slide X’ below the main Slideshow (see picture-link below).
Please contact me if there are any follow-up questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the image to go to the Slideshare site.
Becoming a netizen
Google/Youtube have developed some teaching resources on online safety and privacy etc and provide some teaching guides (see them by following the link below). It’s aimed at secondary students – see what you think.
Click on the image to go to the site.
We have devised an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17). The curriculum helps educate students on topics like:
- YouTube’s policies
- How to report content on YouTube
- How to protect their privacy online
- How to be responsible YouTube community members
- How to be responsible digital citizens
We hope that students and educators gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but in all online activity.
As our course delivery become more ‘flexible’, assessment practices will need to be considered for the new environment. Here is a link to a website offering a number of resources, including some free webinars, around eAssessment practices in VET. We will need to consider these in the context of the language and literacy needs of learners, but this could be a place to start (if you haven’t already that is).
Click on the image to go to the website