The Course has been developed by Nadezhda Pirogova who teaches English to students in Foreign
Language Training Center, Institute of International Development and
Partnership, ITMO University, Russia.
This course attempts to provide information to language teachers and students on how LMOOCs (Language Massive Open Online Courses) can help them achieve their learning goals. The course is divided into ten sections that start by covering the most central aspects of LMOOCs (e.g., pedagogical, linguistic) and move towards more peripheral ones (e.g., sociological, ethical). Section one is an introductory one. Section two reflects on the features that make an effective LMOOC. Section three proposes a methodological model for the creation of collaborative LMOOCs. Section four focuses on the importance of motivation in LMOOCs. Section five is devoted to the roles of an instructor in a LMOOC. Section six moves on to deal with architectural aspects of LMOOCs. Section
seven focuses on the aspects within LMOOCs which benefit
disabled people. Section eight deals with an
uncommon topic: the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of
LMOOCs. Section nine covers the issues of teaching
pronunciation and comprehensibility in LMOOCs. Section
ten analyses the key strengths and weaknesses of LMOOCs as
presented in the previous sections.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
identify the characteristics of a LMOOC
apply a model for creation of a collaborative LMOOC
get an idea of motivation in a LMOOC
evaluate the role of an instructor in a LMOOC
analyse the architectonics of a LMOOC
adopt functions of a LMOOC for inclusive teaching
take into account ethical aspects of a LMOOC
teach pronunciation and comprehensibility in LMOOCs
assess the main strengths and weaknesses of LMOOCs
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