LIT2T Leadership Guide

29 TO: TABLE OF CONTENTS facility. To accommodate smaller centres and those without access to larger computer rooms, LearnIT2teach leverages national, regional and affiliate TESL association conferences as a delivery venue for Stage 1. LearnIT2teach offers a set of technical support documents on the portal Support link. In many cases, the Stage 1 live training sessions require technical support from the local service staff. Commonly identified issues include: obsolete workstations, restricted learner access to web resources and out-of-date browsers or plug-ins. The LearnIT2teach staff reaches out to identify any of these issues in advance of any Stage 1 sessions. Furthermore, the portal’s Frequently Asked Questions link and the Browser Check page on the portal can help with troubleshooting issues with computer labs. The LearnIT2teach team also supplies trainers and mentors throughout the training. As three of the four stages are online, the tedious process of locating a training facility has been significantly reduced. Informal Professional Development Live Help LearnIT2Teach offers live chat support on the portal. Blended learning experts are available to assist instructors through Live Chat daily, Monday to Friday. This support is often relayed to the instructor’s mentor if relevant. When the chat line is not live, instructors can complete a pop up form to request assistance. These requests are addressed by the support team in a timely manner. The Annotated Bibliography of LINC Blended Learning Because it is a project grounded in better practices, theory and evidence, LearnIT2teach shares articles related to online and blended learning in “An Adult Settlement Blended Language Training Selected Annotated Bibliography”. What are the pros and cons of blended learning? Are there practical ways to introduce technology to the classroom? What impact can Web have on the language classroom? TESL professionals looking for research on blended language instruction in settlement programs have a convenient new place to start; The online resource summarizes the contents of a constantly augmented collection of articles from the research literature. The bibliography is divided into ten sections ranging from Instructor Readiness to Learner Readiness and Learner Attitudes Toward Technology, all the way to Technology Tools. Monthly Digital Newsletter The LearnIT2teach’s digital newsletter informs the LearnIT2teach community about project updates, TELL and E-learning news, featured blogs, jobs, professional development opportunities and new online resources. Twitter feed The LearnIT2teach Twitter account provides quick access to current project events, updates and resources. The most recent tweets are available on the portal front page. @learnit2teach YouTube Channel The LearnIt2teach YouTube channel hosts instruction online videos that explain relevant processes, resources and concepts related to the project.