TCC 2019 Free Pre-conference Event: Silly Media in Teaching & Learning (March 20)

As a lead-in to this year’s main conference, TCC 2019 is hosting a FREE special webinar, “Using Silly Media in Teaching & Learning,” featuring Alan Levine, longtime blogger of Cog Dog Blog.

Alan will suggest ways we can augment online teaching with memes by adding images to words, to visualize metaphors and facilitate discussions. As short­form videos, animated GIFs that loop are effective for demonstrating natural processes or illustrating techniques where repetition aids understanding. Learn what your students might accomplish by creating memes and animated GIFs.

Date & time:
Wednesday, March 20, 1400 HAST
1900 CDT, 2000 EDT; Thu Mar 21, 0900 Tokyo, Seoul
Other timezones

RSVP now for this FREE session!

Access information and a reminder will be sent to you a few days prior to this event. This online session will be held in Adobe Connect. The deadline to RSVP is March 13.

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TCC 2019 Online Conference, 24th edition
April 16-18, 2019

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Serious Play Awards 2019: Last Call for Education, Training Game Entries: Feb 15

Entries in the International Serious Play Awards competition for digital training and educational games due Feb. 15, 2019.

Serious Play’s 11-year-old award program recognizes outstanding games designed for use for education or training in business, government/military, healthcare, museums, higher ed, K12.

To submit a game, use the following link:

Board game entries can be submitted up to March 1.

Sue Bohle

Serious Play Conference

OLLReN Webinar: Educational Technology: Assessing Its Fitness for Purpose (2/12/19)

Brief bio from Cambridge English: Scott Thornbury is an established author and series editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers since 2004. He had his first title published in 1997: About Language: Tasks for Teachers of English. He has co-written (with Diana Slade) Conversation: From Description to Pedagogy, in the Cambridge Language Teaching Library (2006) and (with Peter Watkins) The CELTA Course (2007). More recently, he has been focussed on online learning, having overseen the writing of a five-level internet-delivered course in general English. Scott is a regular contributor to the ELT conference circuit and is widely known and respected in the ELT world. He has had involvement Cambridge ESOL accredited teacher training schemes and is an Examiner for the DELTA scheme. He is currently Associate Professor of English Language Studies at their New School University in New York, where he directs and teaches the online MA TESOL program.

Motivation in Online Learning, Online Pronunciation Resources, Mobile Technology


21 Online Pronunciation Resources for Teaching and Learning by Lynn Henrichsen. TESOL Connections.
Henrichsen suggests that while there are a wide range of computer-assisted pronunciation teaching (CAPT) websites and apps for the English teacher and learner, not all are created equal. He offers some suggests for assessing the usefulness of websites and gives reviews of 10 sites with his recommendations.

Motivation & Language Learning in Online Contexts by L.W. Zimmerman. OLLReN.
This research review looks at learner motivation in online language learning contexts. The author found that two significant factors are online learning readiness and promoting interaction, factors that would come into play for any learning context, not just language learning.

5 Effective Uses of Mobile Technology in the Classroom by Daniel Adeboye. eLearning Industry.
In the introduction to the article, Adeboye says, “Research has shown that though mobile technology is a great tool in our teaching and learning experience, many who use it only use it to increase efficiency and not necessarily effectiveness. This article provides 5 suggestions of how to effectively use mobile technology in the classroom.”

How mobile technology can benefit learning by Elliot Gowans. ET.
Gowans contends that the familiarity of mobile devices as entertainment devices makes them a natural way to “motivate today’s digital natives through new and innovative ways of learning.”

Webinar 1/31/19: ‘Leveraging Technology for General Education Learning Outcome Assessment’

Don’t forget to register for the first (free) presentation in our 2019 Watermark Knowledge Ambassador Webinar Series, “Leveraging Technology for General Education Learning Outcome Assessment” featuring Hawai’i Pacific University on January 31, 2019, at 3:00pm ET.

Valentina Abordonado

In this webinar, you’ll learn how Hawai’i Pacific University leverages Watermark to engage faculty in the assessment of general education and institutional learning outcomes. Dr. Valentina Abordonado, Assistant Dean for General Education, will detail how their work helps faculty present actionable data, set targets for expected performance, and analyze student achievement of outcomes. Dr. Abordonado will also share how HPU closes the loop at the program level and documents their efforts to continuously improve teaching.

‘A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws’ (Jan. 2019)

By Jim Shimabukuro

Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, January 2019, is an annual publication by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Nina Rees is the President and CEO, and Todd Ziebarth, the principal author, is Senior Vice President of State Advocacy and Support.

“From our perspective,” say Rees and Ziebart, “the point of our annual state charter school laws rankings report is to figure out which states are creating the conditions for high-quality charter schools by providing, among other things, flexibility, funding equity, non-district authorizers, facilities support, and accountability.”

Click image to view the 116-page PDF.

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Serious Play Conference – U of Central Florida July 24-26, 2019

Serious Play Is Coming to Florida: Save the Date!

Serious Play Conference is coming to the University of Central Florida (UCF) at the downtown Orlando campus Wednesday-Friday, July 24-26, 2019, hosted by the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA). (The Serious Play Conference will also be held at the University of Quebec at Montreal, July 10-12, 2019.)

Get current on the latest use of games and simulations for training, education and research in healthcare, the corporate environment, nonprofit and education. A design track will offer sessions on game and instructional design, technology and assessment. People new to serious games might like our pre-conference session.

Super Early Bird pricing in effect now:

Speaker Submissions are also now open at:

We’re looking for speakers who will share their knowledge and experience, offering with take-aways attendees can apply immediately. Sessions are 45 min long for more lecture-based talks and panels and 90 min for participation-designed workshops.

For more information, go to: