Reflecting on my new role as online cover teacher and materials development

I'm three weeks into my new role on the online presessional courses as Cover Tutor and Materials Development, which  turned into online cover tutor and materials development due to the current Covid-19 situation. I'm really enjoying creating materials, which is why I applied for the role. It brings together what I've been working on for … Continue reading Reflecting on my new role as online cover teacher and materials development

Reflecting back to 7 July 2018: Summer presessional in the classroom

Thought it was interesting to look back and compare 7 July 2018 blog post: Learner-created visuals for deeper text engagement and conceptual comprehension Part 2 Here we are at the same place on 7 July 2020 in needing to focus on the concept of plagiarism and referencing  in preparation for the summative discursive essay.  What we … Continue reading Reflecting back to 7 July 2018: Summer presessional in the classroom

Reflecting on presessional online experience

This week I started my new role as cover teacher and materials development. This involved covering Week 9 on the 19-week course for a colleague. In terms of adapting materials to online delivery, the opportunity to use Microsoft Forms presented itself again in a categorising task that involved identifying and classifying specific teaching sessions from … Continue reading Reflecting on presessional online experience

Reflecting on Week 8 Presessional Online: Tools & Tips

Whiteboard I generally find the Collaborate Ultra whiteboard quite clunky. However, I discovered a really good use for it this week - especially for the students in my context as all are intending to study on arts-based degrees and most are artists. Having had time to prepare in breakout groups, the students had descriptive sentences … Continue reading Reflecting on Week 8 Presessional Online: Tools & Tips

Reflecting on Week 7 Online Presessional

This week has seen the development of an asynchonous presence on Moodle with the start of a new social hub with exchanges across discussion boards, links to university  social media platforms and planned live streaming of films so there is a real feeling of an emerging online Community of Practice (CoP). A community of practice … Continue reading Reflecting on Week 7 Online Presessional

Reflecting on Week 6 Online Presessional

What went well ? Writing Students submitted plans and draft short articles in preparation for  formative  written assessment submission in Week 7. Their writing was supported by their plans and all 17 followed the task requirements by focusing on including the key content and organising their ideas into topic-based paragraphs. Speaking Mini-presentation practice in preparation … Continue reading Reflecting on Week 6 Online Presessional

Reflecting on the affordances of synchronous online learning in Week 5 online presessional

Of course, current students on presessional courses that have been moved online and are being taught remotely would prefer to be in the kind of classes they chose and paid for, that is, in my context, in the classroom and here in London. The same preference is probably true for most  teachers.  A preference for … Continue reading Reflecting on the affordances of synchronous online learning in Week 5 online presessional

Reflecting on Week 3 Online Presessional

Focusing on skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing Reading On Monday I managed a three-text, jigsaw reading.  Having established the topic by focusing on three chair designs and having given a pre-reading prediction task to try matching the chairs to specific decades and to key design features relevant to those specific decades, I set up … Continue reading Reflecting on Week 3 Online Presessional

Reflecting on Week 2 Online Presessional

Having established an introductory foundation in Week 1 with my 17 Chinese students who are studying at home in China on a 19-week online presessional course, Week 2 for me has been focusing more on content. Specifically,  on how to make the transition from  f2f to online delivery using Collaborate Ultra platform by adapting the … Continue reading Reflecting on Week 2 Online Presessional