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Getting ESL online with course management systems

What doesn't work?

  • Overly complex ideas - simplify!
    • Start with one or two features
    • Don't do things beyond your technical abilities
  • Chatting with large classes - try groups
  • On-line writing with beginners
    • Technology issues:
      * Logging in twice
      * Steps to get to BB discussion (number of clicks)
      * Mousing
      * Lack of keyboard skills
      *Students shutting down before posting work
    • Couldn't follow written directions
    • Unfamiliar with computer language such as 'submit'
    • Students overwhelmed
  • Setting up a distance course and letting it go - you must be actively involved!

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last updated 3/9/2007