News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants
June 28, 2016                                              Issue #60
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Project News
Learning Technology Innovation Leadership training

A new intake of the Learning Technology Innovation Leadership training (Part 1) course will be starting July 4. More information is available here. If you would like to sign up or want more information, please send an email to

Summer Schedule
LearnIT2teach mentors will continue to support teachers in the training throughout July and August. Consider developing new skills and setting up courseware during the summer recess. Also, please note that Live help on our portal will be available, but on reduced hours.
Reminder - PBLA Resources
The PBLA Demo Course on the training site has been updated and we've added Help files explaining how instructors can add many of the exemplar activities into their LINC courseware on Edulinc. This includes the CLB 1-8 Can-Do Statements and forms for needs assessments, goal setting, reflection, sample assessments, etc.

Moodle Update Coming this September
In addition to updated training materials and learner support resources, we'll be releasing several screencasts later this summer to help teachers and learners transition to our updated Moodle. There are lots of improvements, some of which are summed up in this article.
Web News
Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational texts
Are Canadian students being forced to learn from foreign textbooks?  That's the concern of John Degen, executive director of the Writers' Union of Canada.  "I hear again and again from professors and from teachers saying that they simply don't feel they have access to enough Canadian works right now," he told CBC News.  "And they have to go elsewhere. Their institutions are insisting that they use only free material, and a lot of free material is coming from outside of Canada."...

7 sensational ways to use OERs
Open education is one of the most exciting trends in learning and teaching today. The sheer number and diversity of lesson plans, videos, webpages, MOOCs, webinars and other formats is changing the game of education for both students and educators. But it can be difficult to cull through everything ... That’s why we put together a list of some of our favorite free resources, along with advice from educators about how to use them...

Funding shortfall means fewer language classes for Syrian refugees
Syrians enrolled in language classes in Toronto are being told school is out for summer, thanks to federal funding shortages that are also seeing Syrians turned away from classes in Vancouver.  Settlement agencies told a House of Commons committee Thursday that while the federal government did top up their budgets to deal with the influx of over 25,000 Syrians in a matter of three months, the money isn't going far enough. ...

What is mobile learning? What you need to know
...  Mobile learning takes learning in the classroom via technology away from desktop computers. Instead, it’s all about tablets or mobile phones. ... the thought of using mobile phones and tablet devices in the classroom may go against the grain for some teachers – indeed, ten years ago phones were effectively banned from the classroom. Today, however, mobile learning is becoming more common as it makes learning more flexible – and makes learning a more engaging experience...

5 Tips For Transitioning From Classroom Training To Online Training
... Online training shares many features with classroom training and it also has some unique attributes. Learning and development professionals definitely need to alter their learning strategies while designing e-learning courses and instructors need to don new roles as well. Here are some tips that come in handy while successfully transitioning from classroom learning to online training. ...

How to Keep the Human Element in Online Classes
... So what makes an online class feel less like it’s taught by a bot and more like it’s a human-centered experience? The following three principles and related strategies will help faculty keep humans front-and-center of their online courses:...

How to retain online ESL students
As an online ESL teacher, you have probably noticed that keeping your long-term students engaged and interested can be a big challenge … But, keeping your students motivated is essential if you want to retain online ESL students as long-term customers. ... Here are some strategies that I've used to retain online ESL students ...

Avoid These Five Rookie Mistakes When Flipping Your Class
There’s so much buzz about the flipped classroom model. ... instructors around the world are talking about how to use inverted instructional design to engage students and improve the learning experience. ... However ... it’s not uncommon for me to hear:  “I tried it and it didn’t work at all” or “Students hated it” or “It took too much time” or “I’m never doing THAT again!” ... Almost every single time, I can pinpoint that at least one of these “rookie” mistakes ...

Cool Tools – Collaborating with Padlet
Are you looking for a useful tool to facilitate collaborative work for your students? For the past year, I have been exploring the use of Padlet, a free online application that serves as a ‘multi-media friendly, free-form, real-time wiki’ (according to This easy to use tool allows you to easily provide content for your students online and customize it in many creative ways.  In a nutshell, Padlet works like a digital bulletin board or canvas. ...

Online English Teacher
Le Waijiao ( is seeking qualified and enthusiastic teachers of English as a Second Language to join its online team.  Le Waijiao is Chinese for Happy Native English Teachers and provides a fun and professional experience for K-12 students in China via online lessons. ....

Professional Development
The future classroom: how will technology change learning?
To imagine how different the future classroom might look, we need only think about the classroom ten years ago. ...There were no tablets – and mobile technology was seen as an unnecessary distraction from learning. ... So, in 2016 with technology having changed – and continuing to change – the face of education, what big changes might we expect to see in the future? Here are our thoughts…

70 Universal Instructional Design Principles for Moodle
The paper identifies a set of universal instructional design (UID) principles appropriate to distance education (DE) and tailored to the needs of instructional designers and instructors teaching online.  These principles are then used to assess the accessibility level of a sample online course and the availability of options in its LMS platform (Moodle) to increase course accessibility. ...

Supporting English Language Learners with Next-Gen Tools
Although written about ELLs in the US, this free publication covers a wide range of language learning technologies that can be used with adults.

e-Resource Corner
Vocab Ahead
VocabAhead is a free web site that teachers higher level vocabulary using short, entertaining cartoon videos to illustrate word meanings. A widget to is available for installation in a Moodle block and the site also offers a free mobile app.

New Teaching Materials from LISTN of British Columbia
Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma  provides approaches, strategies, and language goals for the English  as an Additional Language student who has experienced trauma.
The Earthquake Preparedness Unit has been developed for students at Canadian Language  Benchmark levels 4 and 5. The purpose of the unit is to help students prepare themselves, their families, and their homes in case of an earthquake in their area.

Learn English Feel Good
LearnEnglishFeelGood is a free site for beginner to advanced learners to practice English grammar, learn new vocabulary, idioms, or phrasal verbs. It also offers downloadable worksheets and handouts.  The site includes exercises based on American movie and TV show video clips.
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