BBT-BM (Becoming a Better Teacher –  Blended MOOC) flipped blend with a MOOC)

BBT-BM (Becoming a Better Teacher – Blended MOOC) flipped blend with a MOOC)

Spain / United Kingdom

Project Overview

The overall aim of this OIL project is to explore how the integration of an existing MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) into BA/MA programmes in ELT/TESOL can affect both the content knowledge and the beliefs held towards blended learning by participants, who are MA in ELTAL students at CU or their partners studying on BA/MA TESOL/TEFL programmes overseas.

Project Outcome

“Purpose of this project:
The project aims to investigate students’ beliefs on blended learning with a MOOC integrated into an existing curriculum.

The project aims to:

1. Identify and describe participants’ beliefs about online learning in general and blended learning in particular
2. Investigate if this blend can facilitate reflection on teaching practice and beliefs
3. Make recommendations on how to integrate MOOCs into existing language learning and/or teaching curricula.

OIL Activities

1. Study the FutureLearn MOOC Becoming a Better Teacher;

2. Engage in face-to-face exchanges via Skype to discuss the MOOC,

3. Exchange how the MOOC is affecting learning and teaching conceptions via chat and asynchronous exchange.

• Around 2 hours of engagement per week with the MOOC’s set activities for the 6 weeks of their duration.
• Reflection on individual beliefs on online and blended learning through:
o A pre-MOOC and a post-MOOC survey designed with the BOS (Bristol Online Survey) consisting of Likert-scale type statements and open-ended questions.
o Discussion in the Moodle website for module M01DEL register at:
o Live Skype webinars
• Taking part in semi-structured interviews at the end of the MOOC (self-selected participants).

OIL Output

  • Joint staff-students conference papers
  • publications
  • joint staff/students OIL symposium in Valencia in April on occasion of the linked study visit

Method of capturing intercultural development

  • Analysis of OIL exchanges,
  • interview with relevant students,
  • assessment of symposium in Valencia