In January I took part in the Electronic Village Online (EVO) eTextbook Teachers six-week session to create the first chapter of an eBook. Actually, it was my second time on this fantastic course designed and moderated by Shelly Sanchez with 15+ additional moderators.
EVO sessions are free professional development MOOCs with a wide variety of topics and moderated by professionals in their fields. They are open to everyone, all you need is internet access.
The first time I participated on the EVO MOOC I had the original idea of creating an eBook for CELTA trainees and on the second session I continued working on this concept. I completed the second session with an amended draft for the first chapter and an overall idea on how I'd like the book to be structured.
I wanted to create a CELTA ebook for trainee teachers that is supportive from before the course starts until after it finishes without overloading or complicating an already intensive 4-week course.
My ideas evolved further after watching an interview with Jim Scrivener on IATELF online. I wanted to encourage unassessed reflective practice and after watching this session I realised the weekly collaborative Padlet idea was not appropriate. Reflection needed to be personal and authentic in that it encouraged the kind of reflective practice individual trainees developed themselves in a format they felt comfortable with and, because of that, could encourage ongoing reflection after the CELTA course. I also wanted to simplify rather than overload so 'decluttered' by removing the Pre-course: Resources page.
The choice of format needed to be something trainees could access on any device. It needed to support images, links and video. It also needed to be easy to update and customise for individual courses.
I chose Google Slides to create my template as it fulfils all the above and has an interactive pdf sharing option that can be downloaded to Kindle or iBooks for sharing.
Although the ebook needs to facilitate customisation, i.e. the Pre-course section pages: Welcome and Introduction, I wanted to ensure that the eBook design required minimal supervision by CELTA tutors overall. In order to accommodate this, I removed the original idea for interaction using Padlet at the end of each section for Any questions? Suggestions? However, I kept the Padlet for Introductions as this doesn't need supervising by the tutor - it is up to the individual trainees as to whether they exploit this option or not.
My CELTA eBook
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My CELTA eBook