Eine wachsende DOTS Online-, und Offline-Gemeinschaft

Das DOTS-Projekt ist ein großer Erfolg geworden…

… jedenfalls wenn man den begeisterten Teilnehmerbekundungen während der abschließenden EFSZ-Konferenz (http://www.ecml.at/News3/tabid/643/language/en-GB/Default.aspx) vertrauen darf, auf der ein Datenstick mit den Trainingsaktivitäten (http://dots.ecml.at/TrainingKit/tabid/2610/language/de-DE/Default.aspx) vorgestellt wurde. Sowohl in den Abschlussreden als auch während des informellen Austausches mit den DOTS-Teammitgliedern wurde der hohe praktische Nutzen der Trainingsaktivitäten gelobt. Armenien, Österreich, Luxemburg und Irland haben sogar erklärt, dass sie die Absicht haben DOTS mit ihren nationalen und regionalen Ausbildungsprogrammen zu verlinken, um die weitere Zusammenarbeit zwischen professionell Lehrenden zu fördern.

Es gibt bereits eine wachsende Online-Gemeinschaft von „DOTSern“ auf der Moodle-basierten DOTS-Arbeitsplattform (http://moodle.dots.ecml.at/) – bis November 2011 gab es über 150 TeilnehmerInnen. Wenn Sie Interesse an der Nutzung von Online-Tools haben – als Lehrende(r) oder als Lehrendenausbilder(in) – vielleicht möchten Sie ja selbst mitmachen? Sie können nicht nur unsere jeweils 30-Minütigen bite-size Trainingseinheiten (u.a. zu Tools wie YouTube, Wikis, Podcasts) verwenden, sondern auch Ihre Ideen in Foren und Wikis mit anderen teilen. Auf diese Weise können Sie auch von der Erfahrung anderer im Bereich der Sprachenlehre in verschiedenen Sprachen profitieren. Zur Zeit sind die Trainingsaktivitäten in Deutsch und Englisch verfügbar; Übersetzungen ins Spanische, Französische, Kroatische, Polnische und Chinesische werden gerade erstellt. Mit der Hilfe von begeisterten Nutzern der DOTS-Arbeitsplattform wird die Online-Gemeinschaft auch in den folgenden Jahre weiterhin aktiv bleiben. Machen Sie online bei uns mit (http://moodle.dots.ecml.at/) oder wenden Sie sich an an das DOTS-Team um weitere Informationen zu erhalten.

Workshop, 10-11 March 2011

Successful final DOTS workshop in Graz

From 10 – 11 March the DOTS team held its third – and last – workshop in Graz. A record number of 40 participants from 34 countries were given the opportunity to try out the activities around 9 online tools (27 bite-sized training units) currently available on a Moodle-based learning and collaboration platform. The participants' enthusiastic input to the workshop was so valuable that the DOTS team modified the agenda for the second day of the workshop in order to provide even more opportunities for giving feedback and exchanging best practice.
Participants were offered several alternative activities: filming short
video clips explaining the use of the DOTS platform or a particular online tool, taking part in a recorded focus group discussion, or commenting on their use of the different tools in wikis and forums. Once again we would like to thank the ECML team for their excellent support which contributed greatly to this tremendously successful and enjoyable workshop, and to the participants for their invaluable input.

Project developments 2010

Would you like to read more about real use of various online tools in classrooms in Bulgaria, Spain, Switzerland, France, Croatia…?

Would you like to know more about the theory and practice behind the DOTS project?

Maybe you are interested in eTwinning, WebCT, digital presenters, combining face-to-face with computer mediated activities and disseminating good practices?

Have you wondered how you can contribute to developing online teaching skills?

You can find out about these issues and many more if you have a look at the special issue of Teaching English with Technology, available at this address: http://www.iatefl.org.pl/call/callnl.htm.

The special issue contains articles written by language teachers and teacher trainers, who took part in our first workshop in Graz in 2008. We found their commitment and ideas very inspiring – we’re sure you will, too.

Expertentreffen, 17.-18.06.2010

Expert meeting

 The DOTS team held their expert meeting in Graz on 17-18 June 2010. The aim of the meeting was to evaluate work completed so far and to plan the final activities of the project. This included producing a general overview of the final product, planning the final workshop and discussing dissemination plans. The final product will be a Moodle workspace (online) and it is likely that a data stick (offline) containing training materials produced by the team will also be available. It is envisaged that the website will contribute to creating a community of practice, enabling interactivity between its users.

The aim of the final workshop, which will take place in March 2011 in Graz, is to test and evaluate the finalised training materials. Both teachers and teacher trainers who are experienced in technology use and those with very little ICT knowledge will attend the workshop. This will enable the team to gather information on two aspects of the final product – general information on the overall design of the website and a detailed assessment of the tools and learning objects available.

Following on from the 2011 workshop, the finalized version of the DOTS website will be opened to the public. In order to achieve the goal of it helping to build a community of practice, dissemination needs to be ensured. The main dissemination event will be the final ECML conference to be held in September 2011. The team members will also present the project at various conferences, and produce dissemination materials that will allow former workshop participants to present our work at events in their own countries and institutions.

Overall, the meeting was a very fruitful one, with great cooperation among team members and excellent support from the ECML staff.

The continuing excellent collaboration within the DOTS team has resulted in good progress towards the project goals. Throughout the year the team produced guidelines for the online activities and added new online activities on the project's Moodle workspace. During the Regional Workshop experts in the field of online teaching and learning provided valuable feedback on the existing online activities and helped develop further activities. Last but not least the DOTS team also worked on a draft of the first external publication on DOTS (the Special Issue of the TEwT Journal).

Regional workshop in Barcelona, 3-4 December 2009

On 3 - 4 December 2009, the DOTS project will hold its first Regional workshop in Barcelona, Spain. 8 international and 8 national experts in online language teaching will be attending the workshop and will be helping the project team in developing guidelines and sample activities for the project workspace. We are looking forward to a productive session.

barcelona regional workshop

Information for participants


Expert meeting, 12 - 13 June 2009

In a very creative and lively atmosphere which benefited much from the pleasant working environment of the Open University, the discussions centred on the experience with the Moodle-based workspace and the preparations for the regional workshop in Barcelona in December 2009. The team also started working on training activities for three tools for online teaching: using youtube, using a wiki and using video conferencing for language teaching. Another main topic was the selection of suitable contributions for the special issue on Developing Online Teaching Skills (DOTS) for language teachers; the Journal of Teaching English with Technology (TEwT), IATEFL Poland Computer Special Interest Group has invited the DOTS team to edit this special issue which will be published online in June 2010.


After its very successful kickoff meeting in September 2008 all members of the DOTS team have worked jointly on the organisation of the project’s first workshop which will be held in Graz from 4 - 5 December 2008. The aim of the first year of the DOTS project was to identify the training needs of online language teachers, to produce training activities to fit those needs and to evaluate them. To work collaboratively towards these aims, the DOTS team has been using a Moodle workspace for internal and external communication. A training needs analysis questionnaire and first training activities have been compiled, and will be piloted during the workshop. These materials will be modified based on responses to the questionnaire and the participants' feedback in the online communication done on the Moodle workspace. For their second project year the DOTS team members are planning an expert meeting and a regional workshop to jointly work on the development of bite size training units.

The first DOTS workshop took place in Graz from 4 to 5 December 2008. Its aim was to discuss the needs of teachers, teacher trainers and novice teachers with regard to online training and technology. Twenty-six participants with various levels of experience in using online teaching were involved. The workshop offered a range of activities centered on online teaching: plenary presentation of tools and hands-on group activities, discussion of participants' prior experience, current needs and future needs, showcasing participants’ online teaching activities to each other and discussing the benefits and challenges of online tasks. The participants filled in a needs analysis questionnaire that will help the project team in future selection of tools for which training bites will be developed.

The workshop served as a forum to exchange experiences and ideas and provided excellent opportunities for networking. This will now continue online in forums and wikis on the project workspace. The fruitful discussions enabled us to identify the crucial policy needs, which will also be taken into account in the process of developing bite-size online training units.
Finally, the workshop was a lot of fun. This was so for a number of reasons: enthusiasm and involvement on the part of the participants and great support from the ECML staff in Graz and our interpreters. The buzz of various languages spoken and the positive atmosphere were contagious!


The first DOTS expert meeting took place on September 1-2 2008 at the ECML in Graz. The aim of the meeting was to plan the first workshop to take place in December (see calendar). The workshop agenda was planned in detail, and tasks for the preparation of workshop materials were distributed to team members.

The workshop will introduce the participants to a selection of available online tools, and will identify needs of teachers and teacher trainers with respect to online training. Follow-up will include featuring preliminary bite-size training activities to all participants and the public on the Moodle platform, and a discussion forum for the users’ feedback (to be moderated by the team members).

Dots Group Photo 


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