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.
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|
|All enrollees are eligible for…
|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.
|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|
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
|Language trainers should have…
|What is Required to Attend|
|Broadband Internet connection and modern computer equipment and headset.|
|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.|