Technologies for ELT learning in Venezuela: Benefits of Screencasting
British Council Venezuela
Universidad Central de Venezuela
Moderating computer mediated conferencing courses requires expertise to encourage interaction and helpbuild up knowledge among their members (Salmon, 2005). To achieve this, the e-moderator can make use ofplatforms like Moodle (Learning Management System), Groups (Yahoo, Google) or even blogs and wikis.Also, he/she uses resources offered by the platform itself or external ones to guarantee connectedness(immediacy), support, fluent and friendly communication, and sharing among other things. As an e-moderatorone of my main concerns has been the one related with immediacy. Which web tools help createconnectedness in online courses or sessions?Platforms like Moodle sometimes offers tools the e-moderator can use to guarantee immediacy like chats,forums and mail services. The e-moderator can also make use of other web tools (external ones) like voicemail (Mailvu), blogs (Blogger), virtual classroom (WizIQ), SMS, tutorials (screencasting).In Venezuela, I have been moderating the Learning Technologies for the Classroom course for the BritishCouncil under the Moodle platform and co-moderated sessions in the Electronic Village Online (EVO) usingYahoo Groups and Blogger. At the university, I teach English IV as a blended-learning course usingWordpress for the online part. For these courses or sessions, I have been using a web tool that has shown to
be efficient and effective for the participants’ learning process: screencasting.
Their positive feedback hasencouraged me to explore its benefits in the teaching of English as a foreign language.
It is like recording what you do on your computer screen. To do this, you can download software to yourcomputer (Camtasia Studio, Jing) or use a web-based recorders (Screencast-O-Matic, Screenr). Some of themare free (Screenr). Some others are both free or paid (Jing, Screencast-O-Matic). Currently screencasts canbe easily recorded and distribute through blogs, wikis and websites.Screencasting can be used to: 1. show how to use web tools or software; 2. provide feedback; 3. Explain / describe concepts / notions (video lectures).
Screencasting in online courses in Venezuela
Learning Technologies for theClassroom (British Council)Electronic Village Online(2011-2012)Universidad Central de VenezuelaEAP course. English IV
To show how to:1. use web tools2. solve technical problems3. offer a course walkthroughExample: Writing post in Blogger
A. To show how to:1. use web tools2. solve technical problems3. offer course walkthroughB. Give feedbackExample: Feedback
To show how to:1. do tasks from class material2. use reading strategies3. understand concepts/notionsExample
Benefits of screencasting
1) helps support materials2) allows content repetition anywhere, any time.3) offers a sense of connection with e-moderator4) allows self-directed learning (agency)5) is convenient