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Virtually unknown: web conferences as a tool for teacher development

I talked about the research that I helped carry out into the IATEFL Web Conference 2014 at IATEFL Manchester on Tuesday 14 April 2015 at 1025 and here are my Powerpoint slides.
Virtual unknown IATEFL Manchester 2015 Caroline Moore
You can see Mercedes Viola and me discuss the conference and the research in this interview:

IATEFL Online interview

 

and my talk was filmed for IATEFL Online:

Abstract

“Little is known about the effectiveness of web conferences in education and professional development. This presentation analyses the discourse used in IATEFL’s October 2014 2-day Web Conference, and participant evaluation of the event. It will conclude with suggestions for the creation of optimal conditions for successful and engaging educational webinars, and recommend appropriate evaluative tools. ”

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Follow the money

I recently contributed to an article published by Sylvia Guinan’s blog on future trends in digital learning  in which I concluded with the quote “follow the money…”. This was interpreted by some readers as meaning that you should focus on doing things that make you money, whereas what I meant was that to understand the behaviour of new businesses active in English Language Teaching (ELT) you often need to look at their financial motivation and how they plan to make money from their efforts.

“Follow the money” was coined in the 1975 film “All the President’s Men” to show how journalists can uncover illegal behaviour by following money trails. But the term is also useful for understanding perfectly legal behaviour, even though some find the idea of big business making big bucks from education distasteful.

So, what are ELT’s money trails, and what do they mean? And why does this matter?

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TESOL France

TESOL France 2013

I’m just back from TESOL France, where I went to some great presentations and met lots of very interesting people.  It was also great to be back in Paris.  I gave a presentation entitled “Could you be a digital materials writer?” and you can download the slides here.