Orientation Unit

Welcome to your NILE Online course

Dear Participant

NILE Online is a suite of teacher development courses. Although the courses are delivered entirely online, they have many of the benefits of a face-to-face NILE teacher development course - you work closely with a tutor and interact with other teachers from around the world (maximum 16). NILE Online courses also have several other benefits - you can relate what you learn to your own teaching context more easily and you have time to think carefully about your contributions. You can work at your own pace (within the structure of the course) and use your own resources as well as the ones we offer.

Each course has eight units, which will take about five to seven hours each. There is also a written assignment. You have four weeks at the end of the course in which to submit an outline/sample of your work and then the final assignment.

To gain a Certificate of Participation you need to contribute significantly to at least six units. If you do this and pass the assignment (60%+), you will get a Certificate of Achievement, and if your assignment mark is over 80%, you will get a Certificate of Achievement with Distinction.

Good luck with your course.

Best wishes,

Thom Kiddle

Nile Online Academic Director.


What you can expect from the course

You can expect

* eight units of interactive content, written by an experienced NILE trainer

* responses to your contributions from your NILE Online tutor and other course participants

* individual communication with your tutor

* help with drafting your written assignment

* grades and comments on your final written assignment

* use of NILE eLibrary and the NILE Online Glossary

* help with practical aspects of the course.


What the tutor and course colleagues will expect from you

We expect you

* to participate fully on the course by contributing to interactive tasks in the appropriate week

* to respond to other participants' contributions

* to join some of the synchronous activities arranged by your tutor (you will need an internet connection, a headset and microphone, and if possible a webcam).


When to do each unit

You have seven days to work on each unit. The week runs from Thursday to Wednesday. The list of course and unit dates is here. The unit usually appears a few days before. You are welcome to start it early but your tutor (and maybe other colleagues) will not respond before the unit start date.

It is a good idea to look through the whole unit before you start working on it so you know what to expect - you may need to get some work done by a particular day, or there may be a live synchronous event in the unit.

If you know you will be away for some time during the course, please tell your tutor and he or she will try to make the work available to you. If you do have to miss a unit, we advise you to work on the same unit as everyone else at the time you return. Then you will benefit from the comments and support from your tutor and colleagues and you will still be a valuable member of the group. If you have time later, go back and work on the unit you missed.


Moving around the course

Watch this tutorial to find out how to navigate around the course.

To download this video, click here.

NOTE: When you have contributed to collaborative activities, you will want to go back to them to see if others have commented on your post. You can do this easily from the Unit homepage. The final green box on each Unit homepage is called Revisit Collaborative Activities. The links here will open each activity in a new page. To return to the list of links, just close this new page.


Getting more information and resources

The buttons in the grey Navigation Bar above give you access to the other functions and resources available on the course. The Navigation Bar looks like this:

Task 1

Click on the buttons in the Navigation Bar to explore these functions and resources. You will find more information about the course and assessment, a glossary, access to the NILE eLibrary, a list of participants, the course messaging system, forums for academic and non-academic matters, a chatroom, FAQs, and a note-taking facility. Pay particular attention to the FAQs - here you will find information about how to make the most of this course and how to use the online tools. There will be a quiz in Unit 1 to test your knowledge!



Managing your time

You will need to spend five to eight hours a week on your NILE Online course. We know that this is sometimes difficult when you are working, so it is important to decide now how you will fit this into your schedule. (In this activity you can use our Notes function. Clicking on Notes in the grey navigation above will open a pop-up space for you to make notes for yourself throughout the course. These notes are only visible to you and your tutor, but your tutor will not normally comment on them.)

Task 2

Click on the Notes button in the navigation Bar above. Write your answers there to these questions:

  • Some people prefer to do a little work every day and others prefer to work in longer blocks of two or three hours. Which is best for you?
  • Will it be best for you to study at home or at work or somewhere else?
  • Will it be best for you to study during the day, in the evenings, at weekends or a combination?
  • Is it best for you to plan in advance when you are going to work and follow this plan or will it be better to do your work whenever you find you have some free time?
  • What kind of things (or people) will stop you getting on with your work? How can you deal with these? Who can help you?
  • Are there any times when you know you will not be able to work on the course? (If so, please contact your tutor about this.) How will you make up the work you miss?
  • At the end of the course there is an assessed written assignment. Two weeks after the end of Unit 8, you need to submit an outline or sample of your assignment. The final piece of work must be submitted four weeks after the end of Unit 8. How will you find time to do this? Some assignment options require you teach a class. Look at the course dates above, will you be able to fit this teaching into your school timetable?



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