Sunday, 25 January 2015

Creating an online rubric for grading assignments in Moodle 2.8

Week 3 is about to start in Moodle 4 Teachers EVO 2015 and this week participants are having the chance to design assignments in their own Moodle 2.8 Teacher Practice Area.

Designing an assignment also involves grading it. Moodle offers varios ways to grade assignments and one of them is an online rubric which does not only provide the students with a final score but also gives them the grading criteria and levels, a kind of feedback which will for sure help students understand what is expected from them when accomplishing the proposed online assignment.

As a facilitator of the Moodle 4 Teachers EVO Session, this week I'd like to share a brief video clip explaining how to design an online rubric for grading assignments when setting up a Moodle 2.8 course.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

First Steps on Smore

Smore is an online tool that allows you to design and publish flyers, for instance, when you want to announce an event, present an outcome in a visual way, create a web cv and so forth, that is, spread the word online, as the site of the tool itself claims.

In the videotutorial you are about to view below, the flyer on screen has been designed as a compilation album of comics in English, which have been created by teachers, about the subjects they teach.

Smore is a good choice to start a visual neat engaging activity and put it into practice in any class, for any subject, at any level, focused on any target audiece, aiming at improving students' skills such as language learning skills (reading and writing), digital skills or visual and critical thinking.

When considering Smore in lessons, you might like to have your students use it for:

  • creating albums and compilations
  • announcing class and school events
  • designing flyers on contents, concepts, ideas, tutorials, activities, etc.
  • publishing video and audio playlists
  • drafting and summarising 
  • presenting works
Check my Smore for further examples of various uses of this web tool.

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Evaluating ebook designs

Week 2 for #ebookEVO is about to start, and I'll have the pleasure to be co-moderating it with an awesome team of committed educators: Shelly Terrell, Lucia Bartolotti, Walton Burns, Chuck Sandy and Sylvia Guinan.

As part of that week's mission 1, participants are asked to evaluate various ebooks designs, so as to be able to decide on how to design their own ebook.

I have thought that you might find it useful to have a rubric in front when evaluating those designs, so here you go my contribution to the week and the mission.

Good luck with Week 2, and above all, enjoy!
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Monday, 12 January 2015

The Evolution of Learning Technologies

The Evolution of Learning Technologies
The Evolution of Learning Technologies | Open Colleges
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Saturday, 10 January 2015

eTextbook Teachers EVO 2015

Register now for the eTextbook Teachers English Village Electronic Online 2015, EVO15.

This EVO15 session is taking place from 11 January to February 15 and registration is now open until 11 January.

The eTextbook Teachers EVO 2015 session is massive, open, and free for all of you to join. Aimed at all teachers who, in 5 collaborative weeks, want to begin drafting a chapter or more of a digital textbook that is relevant and updated to support their learners.

The session is facilitated by 18 moderators from all over the world, with experience in publishing and materials design, who are ready to support every participant at all times.

Meet the team of moderators below. From left to right: Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Janet Bianchini, Jennifer Verschoor, André J. Spang, Debbie Tebovich, Ian Hall, Moundir Al Amrani, myself, Sylvia Guinnan, Walton Burns, Natasa Bozic Grojic, Michelle Worgan, Chuck Sandy, Özge Karaoğlu Ergen, Jason Lavine, Tanya Trusler , Lucía Bartolotti, Terry Freedman.


The learning environments are set up as follows:

To join the session, follow these steps:
1. Go to:                                      2. Click on "Join Community " 
3. Wait for your membership approval. 
4. Begin completing the pre-tasks on our Wiki   

The action starts on January 12, 2015!

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Friday, 9 January 2015

Moodle For Teachers EVO 2015

Register now for Moodle 4 Teachers English Village Online Session 2015!

EVO15 is kicking off on January 11 and registration for M4T session is now open. For 5 weeks, until February 15, you will be able to participate in live online classes and view the recordings from the Moodle session area.

The aim of the M4T session is to provide participants, who have never used Moodle or who would like to enrich their previous Moodle experiences, with the knowledge and skills to navigate a Moodle course, access resources, activities, and blocks from a student perspective and practise the same Moodle features in practice areas as teachers and managers of a Moodle course. The participants will develop a lesson in teams in a Moodle course of their own.

The session is massive, open, completely free, and facilitated by a team of 6 moderators from different parts of the world, all willing to help and accompany you in this collaborative connected challenge.

Meet the team below. From left to right: Nellie Deutsch, Ludmila Smirnova, Tom Hodgers, Nives Torresi, Susan Dixon, and myself.

The main learning environment is at Moodle 4 Teachers EVO15, the course area that includes all the materials and the schedule of activities. In addition, every Saturday the session holds
live online classes (webinars) at 4 GMT/UTC  (11 AM EST).

To join this session, follow these steps:
1. Create an account on:
2. Go to your email, confirm the account and log in.
3. Enroll in
4. Introduce yourself:

The action starts on January 10, 2015!
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Thursday, 8 January 2015

International Writing Exchange EVO 2015

Register now for this Electronic Village Online 2015 Session.

The International Writing Exchange EVO Session is taking place from January 12 to February 15 and registration is open now, until 11 January.

IWE is a collaborative writing project for EFL teachers and their students. The goal of IWE is for students to learn about other cultures and improve their writing. Teachers from around the globe plan the online course and invite their students. One of the aims of this EVO session is to create personal learning networks among teachers for the creation of different IWEs to serve a variety of ages and levels of groups through the teachers’ participation.

The session is aimed at EFL teachers who teach or would like to teach English for academic or special purposes around the world and are interested in learning how to form writing communities. Teachers, who take the session, do not need to currently be giving a class.

The session is massive, open and completely free, moderated by a team of 5 ESL teachers from different parts of the world; from left to right, meet them below: Nellie Deutsch, Rosmery Ribera, Ludmila Smirnova, myself and Ellen Graber.


IWE EVO15 takes place at two learning environments: the Moodle course area where the International Writing Exchange will take place. And the WizIQ course area for the content and live online events for public viewing after EVO15

To join this session: 
2. Create a new account.
3. Confirm the account in your email.
4. Enrol!

The action starts on January 12, 2015!
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Monday, 5 January 2015

Registration for EVO2015 begins today!

To register, go to EVO Sessions.

Registration for this year's Electronic Village Online (free online professional development sessions for EFL and ESL teachers) begins January 5, 2015. The sessions themselves run from January 12 until February 15, 2015.

Get more information about all thirteen sessions at

If you are having trouble deciding on which session to register for, please join us at (scroll down for instructions and technical requirements) for the EVO2015 kickoff webcast on January 11, 2015 at 14:00/2:00 p.m. GMT (your local time at!

Session moderators will be on hand to introduce their sessions and take questions.
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Enjoy and be happy!


For a wonderful 2015, full of happy sincere authentic collaborative learning and teaching!

Thank you to all who, whatever the way, have been supporting me throughout 2014, which undoubtedly will always be a year to remember!

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

EVO 2015, coming soon!


The Electronic Village Online, a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section, has been offering free online professional development sessions to language teachers worldwide for over ten years now.

January 2015 is bringing a new EVO Call, Electronic Village Online 2015.

This year, there is an offer of 13 incredible five-week sessions on a wide range of topics, including teaching pronunciation, international writing, using Moodle, creating electronic textbooks, flipped learning, making Machinima in Second Life, using Minecraft to teach English, and a lot more.

For the first time in my professional career I will be co-moderating three EVO sessions from January 12 to February 15, hand in hand with a fabulous team of educational leaders, all of them an inspiration for any ESL teacher, and thanks to Shelly Terrell and Dr. Nellie Deutsch, both of whom contacted me and opened a wide new gate towards online development before me.

My sincere gratitude to Shelly and Dr. Deutsch, to our EVO Mentors, our TESOL sponsors and to Nina Liakos, EVO Lead Coordinator.

I am nervously looking forward to starting it all but extremely full of joy to be part of it all too. Do not miss the chance to join these sessions:

Creating eTextbooks

International Writing Exchange

Moodle For Teachers

For a complete list of sessions and abstracts, visit the Call for Participation.

Registration for the sessions will take place from January 5 - January 11, 2015.
The sessions begin on January 12 and continue until February 15. To register for a session, follow the instructions on the corresponding session's page.

EVO sessions are free and open to everybody who wants to join; you don't need to be a TESOL member.

Put January 5 - 11 on your agenda and register for EVO 2015. Follow #evosessions and stay tuned for an awesome online experience! Do not miss it!
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