Background to the DOTS project

This website results from a project run within the ECML's (European Centre for Modern Languages) Empowering Language Professionals programme entitled "Developing online teaching skills".

Abstract of the project

The project will develop an online platform for delivering teacher training at a distance. The pedagogical approach is informed by sociocultural and constructionist theories, in terms of pedagogy (Arnold & Schüßler 2003) and technology (Dougiamas 1998). Moodle was chosen for the virtual learning environment as it is based on constructionist principles. Promoting innovative, technology-based approaches to the teaching of languages necessitates a close consideration of the real life context of language teachers. In contrast to many existing ECML projects, the DOTS project will include the needs of teachers working part-time or freelance.

DOTS will bring together a group of specialists in teaching languages to adult learners of all backgrounds. Their pedagogic expertise will guarantee that the products are focused on best-practice use of ICT, using technology as a means to support the development of communicative and intercultural skills.

The network of institutions will build on its experience in
a) the teaching of different languages,
b) open and distance learning, 
c) supported online language tuition, and;
d) teacher training, in order to develop training materials.

Tangible project outcomes will include an online training kit of bite-size materials for independent use by language professionals hosted on a Moodle platform (“DOTS project website”).

The project team
Ursula Stickler

Ursula Stickler: Coordinator
The Open University
United Kingdom

Martina Emke

Martina Emke
VHS Ostkreis Hannover
Germany

Pauline Ernest

Pauline Ernest
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) 
Spain
 
Mateusz Milan Stanojevic Mateusz Milan Stanojevic
University of Zagreb
Croatia 
Regine Hampel

Regine Hampel 
The Open University
United Kingdom

Joseph Hopkins

Joseph Hopkins
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Spain

Tita Beaven

Tita Beaven 
The Open University
United Kingdom
Aline Germain-Rutherford Aline Germain-Rutherford
University of Ottowa
Canada
Acknowledgement

The DOTS tool and website result from the work of an international network established within one of the ECML projects. We would like to thank all who worked on DOTS, in particular the project coordination team for their motivation and active involvement.
 

 

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