How to Select Tools for Online Learning

As many of us prepare to spend the summer adapting old courses for online learning, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There are so many tools, software and technologies that can expand the learning experience way beyond the classroom, turning our repositories into complex environments that promote interaction and social learning. Here is an infographic I created, with my golden rules: six criteria that I follow when I need to select appropriate tools for an online course. Feel free to use it but do not forget to cite the source! #1. Alignment. It is very easy to fall in love with … Continue reading How to Select Tools for Online Learning

Role Plays and Simulations – part I

Foreign language teachers, let’s be honest. At least once in our careers, we’ve all sat through stunted little dialogues with students muttering their order of “un panini with…. uhmmm… Proskiuttoh”, and we’ve all died inside a little. But I also remember how exhilarating it was, as a student, to play one of such activities in one of my French language classes. I had to pretend to have an altercation over a car accident. That day I, a chronically silent student in class, could not stop talking! Indeed, this is one of the main advantages of this kind of activity: sometimes, … Continue reading Role Plays and Simulations – part I