Hello. This is Hyman Wong from Hong Kong. I am happy to be here and share with you my background. I am an English teeacher by training and now work in education admin in daytime and teach English courses in the evening. I had some online course experience both as a participant and facilitator.
Online course like this is very interesting and demanding to me. I could meet specialists and like-minded people in a place. And it is demanding to chase all readings, messages etc.
I join this course because I am interested to know more about more learner generated data can benefit other learners in ESL context. It is my goal to pursue a PhD in this area. I would consider this course a succes if I could make progress in my reserach topic.
I teach English too ~ not many of here I suspect. Currently, I'm trying to develop self-paced study groups for online ESL learners, with an emphasis on writing, and hope learning analytics will help me. Plus I want to learn more about this kind of course ~ taking some seems like the best way to learn about them.
Hello Vanessa and Hyman,
I also teach EFL in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have an MA in education from UEA in UK. I´m learning a lot already, have learned in other MOOCs with George Siemens and don´t know yet how I´m going to apply all this but more knowledge is always welcome and I´m sure I´ll find numerous opportunities to use this knowledge.Nice to meet you here.
Nice to connect with more people with similar background. This is a course with large number of participants. I am sure we could share more in more area.
Personally, I have been following this topic for some time but with very little progress. Using data mining approach to help ESL is totally new to me and I think is promising. There is limited literature in this area too. PErhaps we could exhange our views more on this topic.
I feel the same way ~ not sure how I will use this either, or even when, but more knowledge is always welcome ... and sooner or later will somehow be useful
By the way, since we're encouraged to start our own subgroups here, why not one for ESL/ English/ language arts?
Hi Venessa. Nice to meet you . Your self paced study group sounds interesting. I believe learning analtics could apply but it might need a very large group size to generate sufficient data to benefit other learners. Let's share more in this course.
I'm more interested in drawing on someone else's data than collecting and analyzing my own, which would be more than a little problematic for a number of reasons.
● I need to start with a much smaller group, small enough to eyeball personally and tweak as I go along (which would skew data)
● I'm not using an LMS, so automatic generation of data could be a problem. and
● self-pace study and open access matter more now than analytics ...