1. How long is the course?

2. What technical equipment do I need to take part in this course?

3. What resources will I need to take part in the course?

4. What is the assessed product?

5. What kinds of task and activity will I do on the course?

6. Is there a practical teaching component in the course?

7. What contact will I have with the course tutor?

8. Will I need to log on to the platform at specific times each week?

9. Can I go back and work on activities in previous weeks' units?

10. Who do I contact if I have a technical, administrative or academic problem on the course?

11. What is a VideoQuanda activity?

12. What is a Talkpoint activity?

13. How do I take part in a webinar?

14. What is a wiki activity?

15. What is a forum activity?

16. What is a Community Wall activity?





Answers

1. How long is the course?

NILE Online Tier 1 courses are 8 weeks long. After this 8 weeks you have 4 weeks to work on your assessed product. This product can be submitted at any time during these 4 weeks. See more details and course dates here. The average amount of work in a week is 5 hours.


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2. What technical equipment do I need to take part in this course?

You will need a PC, laptop or tablet with an internet connection. You should also have a webcam and a headset with microphone and headphones, unless you are using a laptop computer or tablet with all this built-in.


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3. What resources will I need to take part in the course?

All the resources are provided within the course unit, though you may occasionally be asked to consider your own materials, such as coursebooks or worksheets. There is a resources section with links to online journals, and you will also look at web-based resources from other internet sites. Again, all links will be provided in the course units.


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4. What is the assessed product?

You have two assessment options in this Classroom Activties, Interaction and Motivation course. You will decide which one to do after discussing with the course tutor in Unit 8. To see details of the two options, click here. You should not begin working on your assessed product until the end of Unit 8.

For information about submitting your Assignment and Reflection Task, click on the image below to download this Helpsheet:


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5. What kinds of task and activity will I do on the course?

All NILE Online courses contain a range of interactive activities, both individual and collaborative with fellow course participants and the tutor.

These activities include voice, webcam and written discussions; quizzes; questionnaires; live and recorded webinars; wikis; and presentations; all with feedback from the course tutor. You can make notes for yourself by clicking on the Notes button in any activity. Two activity types designed especially for NILE Online - VideoQuanda and Talkpoint - are described below.


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6. Is there a practical teaching component in the course?

No, there is no observation or assessment of your classroom teaching. However, you are invited to try out activities in your classes, and reflect and report back on them, and could even upload images or video of yourself teaching.


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7. What contact will I have with the course tutor?

The course tutor will be available to support you throughout the course, and will be your first point of contact for any questions about the course. They will feed back to you as an individual participant and to the group during, and at the end of, unit activities. It is important to remember to return to activity spaces at the end of a week to see the tutor's comments. There will also be individual tutorials and group webinars led by the tutor. The tutor will be able to see your Notes and may comment there if appropriate, and may also use the messaging function to contact you individually or as a group. You can also use the messaging function by clicking on Participants and then clicking on the tutor's profile picture. At the end of the course, the tutor will assess your work and inform you about feedback and certification.


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8. Will I need to log on to the platform at specific times each week?

For the most part, the times at which you access the course each week are entirely up to you. In some units there are webinars which the tutor will contact you about, so you can arrange a time to join the group for a live session. Other activities may require you to work collaboratively in pairs or small groups, so it is important to log in early in the week to check what is required in each unit. On other occasions the tutor will contact you to arrange individual tutorials at a time which suits you.


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9. Can I go back and work on activities in previous weeks' units?

Yes, all previous units remain open after the week has finished. However, the tutor will not give feedback after the unit is finished, and your course colleagues may not see what you have written, recorded or uploaded.


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10. Who do I contact if I have a technical, administrative or academic problem on the course?

Your course tutor is your first point of contact for all course-related issues. They will refer the question to another member of the NILE Online team if they are unable to resolve the issue. If you have an issue which you would prefer not to discuss with the course tutor, you can contact NILE Online Academic Director, Thom Kiddle at thom@nile-elt.com.


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11. What is a VideoQuanda activity?

A VideoQuanda activity is a collaborative discussion around a piece of video content. At any point in the video, you can ask questions or make comments, and respond to others' questions and comments. The next person to access the activity will see everything that has been written by previous participants. You can see an example screenshot, or watch a short how-to video below.

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12. What is a Talkpoint activity?

There are two kinds of Talkpoint activity. One in which the tutor uploads the content and you are invited to comment; and one in which you upload the content for others to comment. You can comment by writing in the text box, or recording audio or video with your webcam and microphone or headset. When you are uploading your own content, this could be a video of your own, or an image. Watch the video below the screenshot:

TalkPoint

[ check out the Complete TalkPoint Guide here... ]


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13. How do I take part in a webinar?

Webinars are live web meetings hosted by the course tutor and will usually be for the whole group to meet together (though occasionally used for individual tutorials). 

You will follow a link from the course page and enter your name to join the meeting. This video explains how the web meeting works.


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14. What is a wiki activity?

A wiki is a collaborative writing space where all course participants contribute to the same content area. This could be a table, or a text, or a set of questions, for example. 

To add content to a wiki, you should click on the Edit button in the tabs below the wiki instructions.

Wiki1

You can add text, images and more. You may find it easier to edit in full-screen mode:

Wiki2

You should also make sure you save your content after adding anything.

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In most cases, the space is shared, so you need to be careful not to change or delete other participants' work, and you may need to add your initials to make it clear what comments belong to you!

In some other cases, you will work on an individual wiki page - either individual to you as a participant, or individual to the resource or activity you are working on.

To navigate to other pages, click on the map button in the Wiki.


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15. What is a forum activity?

A forum is an asynchronous (not in real time) place for discussions. A space where you have time to read, think and then reply

To add content to a forum, you should click on the 'start a new discussion topic' button or reply to a message already there:

Forum1

When you've finished working in a forum you can get back to the main course page by following the 'breadcrumb trail' links at the top of the page:

Forum2

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16. What is a Community Wall activity?

A Community Wall is a place for course participants to brainstorm, or add comments in a single space. When you enter a Community Wall activity, you will see the instructions, and a list of the available walls. If the activity invites participants to start their own Community Wall, you will also see the Add Community Wall button.

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When you click on the name of a wall, you will see the wall with the tutor's and other participants' messages. Just double click anywhere on the wall to add your own message.

CommWall2

When you click on Save Changes, your message will appear alongside your profile picture. You can now drag it anywhere on the wall.

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Last modified: Sunday, 11 January 2015, 1:27 PM