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Osaka JALT Back to School 2017
Submission Deadline: April 30th

 

 

 

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Friday
Mar102017

Osaka JALT - Back to School 2017

 

Osaka JALT Back to School 2017
Submission Deadline: April 30th

Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Keynote Speaker: Professor Gordon Bateson of Kochi University of Technology

Back to School 2017 is Osaka JALT's 7th annual spring mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone in the new school year. With long and short presentations, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize (including a dinner party afterwards at a nearby restaurant), there is sure to be something for everyone.

This year's Keynote speaker is Professor Gordon Bateson of Kochi University of Technology

Theory and Practice of Gamification in the Language Learning Classroom

This presentation will consider ways in which ideas from game theory and game design can be applied in education to improve students' motivation and engagement. These ideas will be illustrated with examples from the presenter’s own experience creating activities and courses for language learning.

Of central importance in these learning materials is making the goals of the course, and the steps to achieve those goals, clear to the students. To this end, the presenter has made use of the Moodle LMS (Learning Management System) to create blended learning environments that support students of varying ability and aptitude, and encourage active learning through collaborative work in pairs and groups. The result is a “flipped classroom” in which students prepare outside class for performances and assignments done in the classroom. Responses from student surveys show that students have found these courses useful and enjoyable.

The Moodle-supported courses employ various tools and techniques. Some of the technologies, such as conditional activities and digital badges, are available in standard Moodle, while others, such as the Scoreboard block and extended Reading activity, have been developed by the presenter and can be added to a Moodle site as 3rd-party plugins.

This presentation is intended for teachers from across the spectrum of computer literacy. Whether you have never used an LMS before, or use one every day, it is hoped that this presentation will improve your awareness of the versatility of a modern LMS, and how it can support you and your students in and out of the classroom.

Gordon Bateson has a B.Sc. degree in Software Engineering from Imperial College, London and a M.Sc. in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (TESP) from Aston University, Birmingham, U.K. He has lived and worked in Japan for the last 27 years. He teaches English at Kochi University of Technology (Japan) and develops add-ons for Moodle. He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Aizu university (Japan).

 

You can get a sense of what last year's Back to School event was like, as well as previous years.

We welcome students, teachers, and everyone interested to submit presentation proposals via our submissions page by April 30. Presentations can be in Japanese, English, or any language.

Any questions can be directed to us at osakajalt AT yahoo.com .

Back to School 2017 is co-sponsored by Osaka Jogakuin University's Research Institute of International Collaboration and Coexistence Research on Language Learning, and by Cambridge Centre West Japan.

Further details forthcoming.

Fee for JALT members: TBA

Fee for one-day members: TBA
Thursday
Dec222016

Textbook evaluation survey

f you are a full-time or part-time university teacher who chooses your own textbook(s), participate in our 10- minute survey & you’ll get a JPY500 Amazon coupon!

Our kaken research group is conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated.

The purpose of this research is to assess EFL textbooks in Japan. We hope that the data we collect can provide insights to educators, curriculum planners and school administrators on how to comprehensively assess EFL textbooks. This is an anonymous survey, so your personal information will not be identified, presented, or published. All answers to this survey will be used for research purposes only. If, for any reason, you cannot answer any question, please just leave it blank. 

Before you begin the survey, think of one textbook that you are currently using and base all of your answers to the questions on pages 2 and 3 on that textbook.

There are a total of 37 questions. It should take you less than 10 minutes to complete the entire survey. After you complete the survey, we will send you a link to a JPY500 Amazon coupon in January. The data will be used for a research project and the coupons are limited to the first 150 participants.

Click on this link to begin: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F6D36Y3. If you know of any other teachers who choose their own textbook(s) and would like to participate in this survey, please send them this web link so they can take our survey as well.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.

Robert Sheridan