AVALON

AVALON stands for Access to Virtual and Action learning Live ONline.

AVALON was an EU funded project which ran for 2 year (2009-2010) and which developed a trainings course for language educators in how to use virtual worlds for language teaching and learning.

We are happy to announce that the AVALON Course will commence to be offered as from July 2012.

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AVALON Course

Topic A course for language educators on how to teach a language in a 3 D environment
Dates Begin 2 July 2012
Duration 6-week course of a total of 60h study time with 2x2h live sessions and 6h self-study per week

Live sessions take place twice a week in Second Life and the time of the day will be determined after checking everyone’s availabilities.

Requirements for the assessment: Portfolio creation and evidence of completed key activities

Certification: AVALON Certificate issued by ICC Europe

Fee 390 EUR/$500 US special introductory offer for the first AVALON course since the completion of the project

Course description

The aims and objectives of training leading to the Certificate include that trainees

  • can use the basic features in Second Life necessary to navigate and move around
  • have an understanding of the role of a language teacher in virtual worlds and situate themselves within that role;
  • manage a range of technologies and tools afforded by 3D world learning and other tools used during the course (working on a Moodle platform, using Skype etc.)
  • demonstrate a critical view and understanding on issues related to the potential of Second Life in education
  • are able to identify resources to support them in their teaching in virtual worlds
  • can plan, set up and conduct a language session in SL

Whilst the course takes place in Second Life there will be tours to other virtual worlds and the affordances and restraints of various 3D environments will be discussed. A comparison study of various virtual worlds was developed in the AVALON project and is part of the course material available under the Creative Commons Licensing agreement.

    Who Should Participate
    • Language teaching professionals interested in teaching a language at a distance in 3D virtual environments
    • Instructional designers and curriculum builders who develop immersive learning environments
    • Language educators who have basic experience in technology enhanced language learning and who are knowledgeable about synchronous and asynchronous Web 2.0 tools
    • Language teachers who are motivated to self-study the portfolio
    • Language teaching professionals in teacher-training positions with experience in technology
    • Director of studies, language schools executives and other decision makers who would like to get an overview of the potential of immersive learning environments
    Course Material
    All enrollees are eligible for…

    • Access to the course material which was developed by the European-funded project
    • A comprehensive list of teaching and learning aids
    What will be assessed?
    An appraisal of the trainees is based on their Portfolios which include evidence of key tasks carried out by the trainees, reflecting the objectives specified in the Trainer Manual. Evidence can be given for example by photos of in-world scenarios, videoclips or recordings in SL etc.

    Each trainee submits a Certification Portfolio to his/ her course tutor(s) by the end of the training courses within a given time.

    Assessed by
    The Portfolios are verified by the course tutor(s) and an external assessor. After the course tutor has completed hi/ her assessment, he/ she sends the results to the ICC for further verification by an external assessor, who checks the tutor’s assessment and submits a written report for each trainee.
    Quality control and accreditation by
    http://www.icc-europe.com/

    The ICC – International Certificate Conference e.V. is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) with participatory status at the Council of Europe. ICC sets standards for a transnational network of language learners.

    The ICC promotes quality in foreign language learning and teaching by

    • certifying progress and achievement in language acquisition
    • certifying teachers’ competence to teach
    • assuring the quality of courses offered
    • offering guidelines for the evaluation of teaching institutions, and
    • providing criteria for the evaluation of teaching materials and courses
    Pre-requisites
    Language trainers should have…

    • several years of experience in teaching languages and/ or hold a teacher certification
    • good ICT literacy
    • keen interest to learn how to build, script and create video recordings in 3D environments
    What is Required to Attend
    Broadband Internet connection and modern computer equipment and headset.
    Recommended Resources
    An extensive list of resources developed by the AVALON project will be provided. Additionally Second Life naturally provides a rich environment for language travels and for educational tools which can be purchased for small amounts of money (Linden dollars) from marketplace. These tools will be introduced during the course but might not be an option in other less developed virtual worlds.