Friday, 9 September 2011

Greetings from Dubai

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
I'm now working here with the local facilitators-to-be to the new online teacher education programme TAMK and TAOKK are starting to run with Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. I'm giving an intensive series of workshops for the people who are going to be facilitating the programme together with me so that they'll be ready to start working when the programme starts at the end of this month. 

The content of the workshops includes authentic e-learning and progressive inquiry (the pedagogical approach of the programme), evaluation and assessment, facilitating online collaboration and practicing the use of the technologies that will be used in the program: Blackboard Vista, Wimba webconferencing tool, Google+, Google Docs and Blogger. 

We have an absolutely fantastic group here: ten really experienced, great people who are also fun to work with. The facilitators didn't know each other from before but they have already become a team. I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with them in this programme.
Participants of the facilitator workshop
On Saturday there'll be the annual HCT conference and I'm happy to have the chance to be one of the invited speakers there. I'll be talking about our  programme. So far there are 90 people registered to my session - let's hope we'll get many new participants from the audience!
Text and photos: Hanna Teräs, TAMK Senior Lecturer

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