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Course structure and syllabus

The CertICT consists of three separate modules, with a total of 120 hours of course work. You can take each of the three modules separately, at any time, but you must complete Modules 1 and 2 before taking Module 3. You need to complete all three modules to achieve the Trinity College London CertICT Certificate.

 

MODULE 1: ICT essentials for language teaching
50 hours over 8 weeks

Module 1 reviews and consolidates your basic computer skills, and explores a range of ICT tools and techniques for the language classroom. Module 1 takes place over 8 weeks, with a one-week break. Module 1 includes three ‘real time’ videoconferencing sessions with your tutor and course colleagues. You’re expected to spend about 6 to 7 hours per week on your coursework for Module 1.

 

Week

Topic

Week 1 ICT in the classroom
Week 2 Working with images & audio. Videoconference 1.
Week 3 Working with video; Security & e-safety
Week 4 Digital literacies. Videoconference 2.
 

One week break

Week 5 Planning & implementing web-based lessons
Week 6 Webquests & digital storytelling
Week 7  Web 2.0 & online reference tools. Videoconference 3.
Week 8 Social networks
 

Course review

 

 

MODULE 2: ICT tools and trends in language teaching
50 hours over 8 weeks

Module 2 explores several key Web 2.0 tools for language learning in depth. It also considers current trends and wider issues in technology and language teaching. Module 2 takes place over 8 weeks, with a one-week break. Module 2 includes three ‘real time’ videoconferencing sessions with your tutor and course colleagues. You’re expected to spend about 6 to 7 hours per week on your coursework for Module 2.

 

Week

Topic

Week 1 Podcasting with learners
Week 2 Blogging with learners. Videoconference 1.
Week 3 Using wikis with learners
Week 4 Mobile learning & blended learning. Videoconference 2.
 

One week break

Week 5 Evaluating ICT courseware
Week 6 Digital assessment
Week 7 Integrating ICT into the syllabus. Videoconference 3.
Week 8 ePortfolios & online CPD
 

Course review

 

 

MODULE 3: ICT Course Project
20 hours over 6 weeks

Module 3 can only be taken after you successfully complete Module 1 and Module 2 (you can take Modules 1 and 2 in any order, but you must complete both before you take Module 3). Module 3 - the ICT Course Project - consists of planning, implementing, and then reflecting on a technology-enhanced lesson (or lessons) that you carry out with your own students. You will need to draw on the content and ideas covered in Modules 1 and 2 for this. You’re expected to spend about 3 to 4 hours per week on your coursework for Module 3, and you will also attend two ‘real time’ videoconferencing sessions with your tutor and course colleagues to help you plan and implement your ICT project effectively.

 

Week

Topic

Weeks 1 & 2 Planning your project. Videoconference 1.
Weeks 3 & 4  Implementing your project. Videoconference 2.
Weeks 5 & 6 Reviewing and reflecting on your project
Writing your project report
 

Project submission to Trinity College London

 

 

How do the CertICT modules work in practice?
The CertICT takes place fully online in The Consultants-E’s specially designed mobile-compatible Moodle VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). All three CertICT modules are structured around weekly deadlines, and you are in constant and close contact with your course colleagues and your tutor throughout the course. The modules are very highly tutor-supported: groups of 10+ participants have two tutors. You also attend regular synchronous (or ‘real time’) videoconferencing sessions with your tutor and course colleagues, to help you reflect upon your coursework and to learn more about synchronous online teaching.

  • For Modules 1 and 2 of the CertICT, you are expected to spend at least 6 to 7 hours per week on online individual, pair and collaborative group work, including offline reading and reflection. Deadlines for task completion are weekly, and you can log on at any point during the week to work on the course (note that, at times, pair and group work tasks have mid-week deadlines). There are no 'fixed' times to be online to complete your weekly work, apart from regular timetabled online videoconferencing sessions; the dates and times of these are negotiated to suit everyone on the course.
  • Module 3 consists of the ICT course project, which you develop and carry out within a period of 6 weeks. This is a lesson (or series of lessons) that you teach with a group of your own students in your own classroom. The lesson needs to implement a technology or approach that you have learnt about during Modules 1 and 2. It is an opportunity to try out a tool, technique or technology-based project in practice, and to reflect on the experience. You have 6 weeks in which to plan, implement and then reflect on your lesson, and your tutor supports you at each of these stages. You are provided with templates, advice and tutor support for each stage of your project, as well as examples of real past projects that were awarded Distinctions.

    How does Module 3 work in practice? First you develop and submit a project lesson plan to your tutor for feedback. You are also invited to share your plan with your course colleagues. Once you have received your tutor’s detailed feedback, you can take this into account and carry out your lesson with your students. Finally, guidelines are provided for you to reflect on the experience, and to write it up in the form of a project report for the external Trinity College London moderator. Your tutor submits your report to Trinity along with his/her own evaluation of your ICT course project.

 

 

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