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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
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.
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.
When you click on Save Changes, your message will appear alongside your profile picture. You can now drag it anywhere on the wall.