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1 Team Teaching with Digital Technology A Business English Wiki in Practice Professional Development Day for Business English Teachers DHBW Villingen-Schwenningen – 21 May 2011 Regina C. Brautlacht Sandy Wagner Jeannette Bergmann

2 Agenda Background on the course Why we use wikis What wikis we use The advantages vs. the drawbacks Time to discuss and exchange ideas 2 / 15

3 Business English Course students wikis classes teachers departments campuses 3 / 15

4 What are Wikis and why do we use them? A collaborative website Easy to access, easy to learn, easy to update, easy to edit, easy to link Supports collaborative team work, supports autonomous and student-centred learning, supports teachers course management 4 / 15

5 What Wikis We Use Three different wikis for the course: 1. Business English Wiki 1. Business English Wiki – printed material is available online; teachers use it as a communication platform 2. Teachers Wiki 2. Teachers Wiki – exchange and coordination workspace (messages, lesson plans, collaborative exam grading) 3. Company Simulation Wikis 3. Company Simulation Wikis – communication tool and collaborative platform for students group work 5 / 15

6 Business English Wiki A platform where students and teachers have access to: Course schedule Course material Links to websites Links to audio/video material Teachers weekly announcements 6 / 15

7 Business English Wiki Platform providing course material, videos, links etc. 7 / 15

8 Teachers' Wiki A platform where teachers of parallel classes can: Develop course material Share ideas and teaching material Collaborate on grading exams Communicate with the teaching team Coordinate meetings and course events 8 / 15

9 Collaborative work on lesson plans and exams Teachers Wiki 9 / 15

10 Company Simulation Wikis A platform where students in one group can: Work collaboratively on their group projects Communicate with each other without sending s Work from anywhere and at anytime 10 / 15

11 Collaborative group work of 4-5 students Company Simulation Wikis 11 / 15

12 Advantages For all: Access from everywhere Asynchronous work Collaborative work Outsourced classroom tasks (audio and video material) Authentic and up-to- date material, relevant links Flexible course structure Web 2.0 skills Reduced need for f2f meetings Peer support Consistency for parallel groups (Quality Management) 12 / 15

13 Advantages For students: Increased use of English Opportunity to practise drafting and writing in English Peer correction Easy to coordinate assignments Group work easy to access For teachers: Easy to share materials Easy to correct exams Easy to manage courses Easy to track students progress 13 / 15

14 Drawbacks For all: Lack of computer skills Slow or non-existing Internet connection Technophobes Unequal workload Increased workload Time-consuming work 14 / 15

15 Lets Talk about Wikis! 15 / 15


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