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April 30, 2016                                              Issue #58
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Project News
Learning Technology Innovation Leadership courses
If you are a professional in an IRCC program looking to lead innovation in a LINC or ELT program, we have two-part Moodle-based online training to offer. Each part has six weekly units and the time demand is 1.5 – 2 hours per unit. The course content includes readings, podcasts and videos, and course activities encourage sharing and collaboration with peers in the sector....

Coming soon ....
An announcement about a new settlement language training initiative involving New Media Language Training and the LearnIT2teach team is coming. More information will be posted on the portal and in a future newsletter.
Web News
Can Duolingo Crush the TOEFL?
...  Carnegie Mellon University is quietly conducting a pilot study ... to see whether a 20-minute exam taken via smartphone could evaluate the English ability of incoming international students better than existing tests such as the TOEFL. ... Duolingo’s test is already accepted by the Harvard Extension School and the Max Planck Institutes in Germany. ...

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?
The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report "New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology" ...

5 Amazing eLearning Trends Of 2016
2016 is showing some surprising eLearning trends. From big data, gamification, and new user-friendly expectations, it is important to stay ahead of the curve. ...

Let’s welcome more Syrian refugees: Editorial
... Schools appear to be gearing up to help Syrian children adapt, but adults lack the same opportunity. The federally funded Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada program is operating at capacity and waiting lists across the country are long. More resources should be channeled into this area. Language training should start as soon as possible – ideally even while those selected to come to Canada are still in refugee camps. Basic literacy is essential ....

Five Tips to Avoid Hearing “I Hate eLearning”
I recently received a text from someone very close to me that read, “I hate eLearning!” ... Her text set me on a path of self-reflection. I thought about past projects as I pondered this question: How do I ensure that I have put the learner experience first, and then organize the content around that experience to minimize learner frustration?...

Why Is A Virtual Classroom Better Than A Real One?
Students that study online pass tests 9% better than those who study on campus. These are the results presented by SRI International after a 12-year study. What aspects of modern eLearning systems make the virtual classroom so effective? Let us find out. ...

The Psychology of Color: How Do Colors Influence Learning?
...  Color is important, and it’s time we pay attention to color in eLearning too. ...  So let’s talk about color – What colors help learning? What colors might be annoying or distracting to online learners? And how can we mitigate that risk? That’s what we’ll be delving into here. ...

Online English Teacher with EF Education First
Part-time conversational teacher. Conduct lessons ranging from 20 – 45 minutes on our online platform. Use EF-developed content that changes daily. Library and supplementary materials for lesson preparation and opportunities to customize content. Average 5 – 6 students per group lesson; 1 per private lesson ....

Professional Development
Making Sense of Blended Learning: Treasuring an Older Tradition or Finding a Better Future?
A consensus is emerging that blended learning ... will become the most common approach to teaching and learning in higher education. Does this consensus simply aim to safeguard the tradition of face-to-face teaching against an invasion of fully online learning - or can blended learning raise higher education to new levels of effectiveness and quality? We attempt an answer to this question. ...

This archive of TESOL's Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section newsletters includes the March, 2016 issue.

EdTech in ELT: Create Online Reading Lessons; Bring Texts to Life
Spicing up English reading lessons with technology can be easy when using precreated lesson templates. In this article, three platforms to do this are introduced. Each one offers teachers ideas on how to present reading content to ELLs. One of the platforms also allows ways to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all users. ...

e-Resource Corner
Adult Learning Activities - California Distance Learning Project
Students can use this free site to build their reading skills. It includes vocabulary and comprehension activities.

Road to Grammar
This site provides a variety of interactive activities that include grammar and vocabulary practice.
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