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Delivering-Best-Practices-in-Distance-and-Blended-Courses (redirected from Delivering-Best-Practices-in-Distance-and-Blended-Courses-EVO2022)

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SESSION TITLE: Delivering Best Practices in Distance and Blended Courses 










 Participants will learn how to design and deliver a distance or blended course site with optimal content and tools according to best practices. Examples and options will be given and participants will showcase their work.


Target audience


 Teachers of English to speakers of other languages in higher education or secondary grades with intermediate expertise in using technology for teaching


Session objectives: 


 By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify and implement best practices for collaborative distance and blended learning. They will have created their own course site and developed one module (content unit) for a course they teach by applying best practices in terms of pedagogy and technology in lesson design, interaction, and collaboration for distance and blended learning.



Registration Week: January 2 - 9


Registration Week

January 2 - 9

Registration of participatns, Questionnarie/Needs Assessment, meeting the moderators, introductions, orientation to and exploration of the elements of the Canvas course site, registration for a Canvas course site and sharing the enrollment information,


Moderators: ALL


Learning Outcome: By the end of the week, participants will have registered in the Canvas course, set up their account profile and adjusted settings, including notifications, filled out the Questionnaire/Needs Assessment with information on their background and teaching environment, met the session moderators, introduced themselves on the Canvas site, explored the structural elements of the Canvas course site, registered for their own Canvas site.


  1. Participants will complete their Canvas Account Profile.

  2. Participants will view the Orientation to the Canvas course site document or video

  3. Participants will complete the Questionnaire/Needs Assessment (Google Form) about their background and teaching environment.

  4. Participants will "walk through" and explore the structural elements of the Canvas course site.

  5. Participants will register for a Canvas Free for Teachers site and share the enrollment information to their Canvas course site with all in a Discussion Forum.


Week 1: (January 10 - 16)

Week 1:

January 10 - 16

Introductions; sharing of previous experience with distance and/or blended teaching; orientation to the site, creation of a Canvas course site

Moderators: ALL

Learning OutcomeBy the end of the week, participants will have introduced themselves on the Canvas site and shared their previous experience with distance and/or blended teaching. They will have explored all elements of the Canvas site and posted a summary response. They will have registered for their own Canvas site and started setting it up.

  1. Participants will learn about the content of this session and the expected outcomes.

  2. Participants will read about best practices in distance and/or blended courses.

  3. Participants will share their previous experience with distance and/or blended teaching.

  4. Participants will explore all elements of the Canvas site and post a summary response.

  5. Participants will register for their own Canvas site and start setting it up.

  6. Participants will set up their account profile and adjust settings.

  7. Participants will preview their session project: a Canvas Course Module with One Lesson. 



Week 2: (January 17 - 23)


Week 2:

January 17 - 23

Daily/weekly content pages with goals/objectives/learning outcomes


Moderators: Christine Bauer-Ramazani / Christine Sabieh


Learning OutcomeBy the end of the week, participants will have created a content page with learning outcomes, which will show understanding of best practices in content delivery in distance and blended courses. Learning outcomes will be tied to particular types of assessments. Outcomes will be modeled. Lists of tools with links will be provided.

  1. Participants will create a module in their Canvas course and add several course elements in it.

  2. Participants will begin a lesson document (in Word, Google doc, or Canvas page) with a weekly goal and 2-3 learning outcomes as well as several activities, and ways to assess the achievement of objectives.

  3. Paricipants will use the discussion forum to share their course module as well as the content/lesson page with learning outcomes and assessments tied to them.

  4. Participants will show their understanding of best practices in modalities of content delivery in distance and blended courses.

  5. (Optional): Participants will create an assessment tool to measure achievement of learning outcomes. 


Week 3: (January 24 - 30)


Week 3:

January 24 - 30

Spaces and tools for interaction (synchronous & asynchronous)


Moderators: Rose Bard / Sue Annan

Learning Outcome: By the end of the week, participants will have experienced interaction (T>Ss, S>S, S>T) and interactive tools in Canvas. They will have continued expanding the Canvas site with focus on interaction (e.g. discussion forums and other tools).

  1. Participants will experience different types of interaction dynamics (T>Ss, S>S, S>T) and Canvas tools that promote interaction.   

  2. Participants will expand their Canvas site and content page/lesson with interaction activities and tools.

  3. Participants will share their content page/lesson and interaction activities and tools.


Week 4: (January 31 - February 6)


Week 4:
January 31 - February 6

Spaces and tools for collaboration (synchronous & asynchronous)


Moderators: Larisa Olesova / Jack Watson


Learning Outcome: By the end of the week, participants will have experienced collaboration and collaboration tools they can use with their learners in their own Canvas site.

  1. Participants will experience collaboration and collaboration tools in Canvas.

  2. Participants will expand their Canvas site and content page/lesson with collaboration activities and tools.

  3. Participants will share their content page/lesson and collaboration activities and tools.


Week 5: (February 7 - 13)

Week 5:

February 7 - 13

Showcase: Project presentations / Session Wrap-up / Session evaluations

Moderators: ALL

Learning Outcome: By the end of the week, participants will have shared their Canvas course site with the content page as well as their interaction and collaboration activities with tools. Feedback regarding best practices will be given.

  1. Participants celebrate the journey and accomplishments. 

  2. Participants will indicate the two most important take-aways from this session (give examples).

  3. Participants will receive peer and instructor feedback/guidance on points to focus on with respect to best practices. 






  • Interactive space (group/community/forum): Canvas Discussion Forums
  • Content space (where your syllabus, readings, and videos will be): Canvas Free for Teachers
  • Live meeting space (for synchronous events/webinars): Zoom or BigBlueButton (web conference in Canvas)

Other technology tools: 

  • Google Forms
  • Google docs (doc, slide, sheet)
  • tools for creating videorecordings, e.g. Flipgrid or Loom
  • Screencastify or other screencapture tool
  • other tools as needed 


Suggested sponsor(s): 


 CALL-IS, IATEFL BE SIG &  MAW SIG, TESOL Gulf, Vistabrainz, TEFL Kuwait


Join this session


Registration starts on Jan 2, 2022. 


To join this EVO session:

January 2 - 9 







Name (last, first)

Email address

(country of residence)



Bauer-Ramazani, Christine


USA (Vermont)

Christine Bauer-Ramazani, co-founder of the Electronic Village Online (EVO), former CALL-IS Chair, and TESOL Interest Section service award recipient, designed and taught distance and blended courses for Saint Michael’s College and TESOL for over 20 years. She has presented and written about using technology for teaching and learning nationally and internationally.


Sabieh, Christine  sabieh@hotmail.com  Lebanon (Beirut) 

Christine, Full Professor at Notre Dame University, administers, teaches, and teacher-trains on teaching-learning, assessment and/or technology-partnership. She is a Certified On-Line Instructor/Trainer. Her research interests include Flipped-Learning, Problem-Based-Learning, e-Learning, OER, Learning Theories, Multiple Intelligences, Emotional Intelligence, and Assessment. Active in TESOL and its affiliates, Christine was TESOL CALL-IS Chair 2019-20.

Larisa Olesova  lolesova@gmail.com  Fairfax, VA 

Larisa is an instructional designer and an EFL instructor in Russia. She also teaches for George Mason University in the USA. Her research interests are online teaching and learning, asynchronous instructional strategies, engagement and interaction, non-native speakers of English and Community of Inquiry.  

Sue Annan  sue.annan75@gmail.com  Jersey C.I.  Sue is a teacher and teacher trainer for St Brelade's College, Jersey. She teaches general and business English and has worked with online students for about 5 years. Recently she set up a hybrid Certificate course for Trinity College London, CertTesol. She is an #ELTchat moderator and is on the Iatefl Besig Online Team (BOT).   
Rose Bard  rosebard@gmail.com  Criciúma, SC

Rose is an educational designer and EFL teacher with a B.A. in Education and a n MSc in ICT applied in education. She has  collaborated in various initiatives online and been integrating digital technologies in in-person  courses since 2008. She has been running MineAcademy English Club since 2020 remotely by applying TBLT and Project-based learning. Her current research focus is on best practices for  teaching YLs online , especially when implementing immersive ludic environments. 

Jack Watson  jack.watson@unb.ca  Fredericton NB Canada  Jack is a Senior Administrator/Facilitator and E-Learning Coordinator (retired) with the University of New Brunswick English Language Programme in Fredericton. Over the run of a 39-year career in ESL, Jack has delivered courses for all language proficiencies in f2f formats, along with developing and delivering online real time and asynchronous courses. Jack was the 2016-17 TESOL CALL-IS Chair.  


Primary Contact: (just one, please): 

The primary contact is responsible for getting all moderators into the training session, and for communicating deadlines, special events like our live webcasts, and other information to moderators.


Christine Bauer-Ramazani, cbauerramazani@gmail.com 



By allowing your name to be put forward as co-moderator of this session

you acknowledge the following:


  • I understand that session first-time moderators are required and returning moderators are encouraged to participate in the 5-week Moderators' Development Session from October 18 until November 15, 2021.

  • I am available to actively engage in the EVO session I have agreed to co-moderate between January 9 and February 14, 2021. 

  • I further understand that 

    • EVO sessions are free of advertising and commercial sponsorship.

    • EVO sessions are free and open to all

    • No academic credit may be given for participation.




Christine Bauer-Ramazani 

Christine Sabieh

Jack Watson

Rose Bard

Sue Annan

Larisa Olesova


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