Robert Wachman organizes a discussion of Shaping the way we Teach English with developers Deborah Healey and Jeff Magoto

Learning2gether Episode 306

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On Sun Dec 20 Robert Wachman arranged for us to host a discussion of the value of the Coursera courses, Shaping the Way We Teach English, Parts 1 and 2,  developed and conducted by Deborah Healey, Elizabeth Hanson-Smith and Jeff Magoto (sponsored by the University of Oregon and the United States Department of State).

Featured participants included course developers and instructors Deborah Healey and Jeff Magoto; volunteer Community Teaching Assistants Magdalena Brzezinska, Rebecca Casas Sagot, Gilda Battagliese, Robert Wachman, and StWwTE participant Tiziana Angiolini. And there were of course many participants from the Webheads in Action and Learning2gether communities.


Robert sees this discussion as a continuation of the discussion of MOOCs begun in Learning2gether Episode 301, November 17, 2015

In that episode, features of the Shaping courses were mentioned by Elizabeth Hanson-Smith toward the end of a follow-up discussion meant for Electronic Village Online moderators.  Links to archived audio and video recordings of these discussions may be found at the link above.  (For the follow-up discussion scroll down to find “Post-show: EVO moderators met…”

Robert has made an audio excerpt of Elizabeth’s comments which you can hear below:

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The excerpt is taken from 33 minutes into the original recording, where you can hear Elizabeth finish her sentence at 37 minutes, “and to me that’s a very fruitful use of a very short course in 5 weeks.” The original recording is made available here for your convenience:

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Pictured: Deborah Healey, Jeff Magoto, and Elizabeth Hanson-Smith

The Shaping the Way We Teach English Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was launched through a partnership with University of Oregon and Coursera in 2014. This MOOC is for English as Foreign Language (EFL) educators, both those who are intending to pursue this field as a career and those already working in the field who would like to revise and refresh their methods and approaches.  The free materials and approaches presented complement college courses such as Introduction to Methods for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

This MOOC consists of two distinct 5-week parts, separated by a one-week break.  Participants may enroll in both parts of the course, or enroll in only one part, treating the part as an independent 5-week course.  Participants will enhance their English language teaching expertise by sharing ideas with others through interactive discussion forums, peer reviews, online group projects, and watching videos highlighting best practices in English language teaching.

Part 1: The Landscape of English Language Teaching:

  • Week 1 Oct 5: Authentic materials to enhance student motivation
  • Week 2 Oct 12: Pair and group work for collaborative learning
  • Week 3 Oct 19: Critical and creative thinking to drive learning
  • Week 4 Oct 26: Learner feedback and assessment to evaluate student progress
  • Week 5 Oct 30-Nov 5: Language in context and using content to structure language learning

Part 2: Paths to Success in English Language Teaching:

  • Week 1: Nov 9-15: Integrating skills and using tasks to motivate learners
  • Week 2: Nov 16-22: Alternative assessment to demonstrate language ability
  • Week 3: Nov 23-29: Incorporating individual learning differences in instruction
  • Week 4: Nov 30-Dec 6: Effective classroom management
  • Week 5: Dec 7-13: Reflective teaching

This video helps to introduce the program to teachers who want to enrich their pedagogical background and improve their classroom practices:

All the Shaping content videos are on YouTube, e.g.:

Shaping the Way we Teach English does not appear to use  a #tag, but it can be searched on Twitter

Finally, there was this opportunity to be a Community Teaching Assistant

Have you taken the Shaping the Way We Teach English MOOC ? We are looking for Community Teaching Assistants to facilitate the latest iteration of the course!

Finding ways to make online courses interactive and localize the content is what can make MOOCs successful. Read more about this opportunity in the Community TA Handbook. We don’t anticipate this taking more than 2 hours a week of your time. Please note this is a volunteer opportunity, but you will gain valuable skills you can add to your toolkit and professional development.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out this  brief questionnaire ( so that the University of Oregon MOOC staff can contact you with further information. You’ll also have to register for this course.

Opportunity to host MOOC camps in your community

Another way to assist other teachers in your community is by setting up MOOC camps. These are face-to-face meetings held at least once a week during the course with anyone in your community taking the course. It’s a great way to discuss topics and assignments and brainstorm ways to apply new concepts to your local context. Feel free to organize MOOC camps with your colleagues!

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Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 305 – Sun Dec 13 Mika Mokko interviews Vance Stevens for her research study


Sat Dec 19 0900 PST Vicky Sedgwick and Extending the Hour of Code on Classroom 2.0

Date: Sat., December 19, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate ( George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at official “Hour of Code” week is over but there are tons of resources and activities available for continuing coding/programming experiences throughout the year! We are very excited to have Vicky Sedgwick joining us as our special guest presenter for this session. Vicky has been a leader in integrating coding activities in her school and as a frequent presenter on this topic. She will share her stories, resources and experiences for extending these programming opportunities with your students.Vicky Sedgwick currently works at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Winnetka, CA as a K-8 technology teacher. As a former software designer and computer programmer, Vicky is very excited about the current STEAM movement in education especially when it comes to introducing K-8 students to the world of computer science and coding. She loves to share about computer science and coding not only with her students. but also with other teachers as co-moderator of the #csk8 Twitter chat and as a presenter at conferences and other events. Vicky is especially looking forward to having her students work more with Sphero, mBot, Dash & Dot, and Parrot mini drones this year. Connect with Vicky on Twitter at @visionsbyvicky.More information and session details are at If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at All webinars are closed captioned.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Music Can Move Us” session with Dr. Lodge McCammon. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors: The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate!Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

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