Teaching online with Pearson digital tools

by Christina Cavage and Gosia Jaros-White

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Need to move your face-to-face instruction online? Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started. Think about LEARN: Language Teaching in an Engaging, Active, Resourceful eNvironment. This is what we aim to do in our face-to-face classes, so how can we replicate that in the digital world? In her webinar, Christina Cavage explores these tips and tricks to help you transition to the online environment. You can watch it here and download the webinar handout here.

Pearson English Portal: MyEnglishLab, eText, ActiveTeach

The Pearson English Portal is a powerful platform that delivers digital resources to instructors and students, such as MyEnglishLab, Pearson eTexts / digital flip books, and the ActiveTeach. With the Pearson digital resources, you can transition your course online and ensure your students have the resources they need to continue learning.

The following roadmap will help you utilize MyEnglishLab in conjunction with eTexts and ActiveTeach in your online course delivery, both synchronously and asynchronously. It illustrates:

  1. How to front load your class lessons with MyEnglish lab;
  2. How to use data from MyEnglishLab to drive synchronous instruction;
  3. How to reinforce and instruct using the eText / digital flip books and ActiveTeach;
  4. How to formally assess and support learning gaps with additional MyEnglishLab content.

If you have not accessed the Pearson English Portal or used MyEnglishLab before, you will find links to information and resources at the end of this post (Tips for Success).

Roadmap for using Pearson resources in live and asynchronous classes
Figure 1: MyEnglishLab Gradebook
eText + screensharing
Figure 2a: Teaching using the eText with screensharing
ActiveTeach + screensharing
Figure 2b: Teaching using the ActiveTeach and screensharing
Collaborative task for breakout rooms
Figure 3: Collaborative task in the eText for breakout rooms
Manage resources: add resources in MyEnglishLab
Figure 4: Manage resources — add resources in MyEnglishLab

Tips for Success

  1. Be sure you and your students are registered for the Pearson English Portal at english.com/activate.
  2. Once registered, students should use their product access code to add to their dashboards. They can find the codes in their student books. You can also obtain these codes from your Pearson ELT sales specialist.
  3. Orient students to MyEnglishLab. Consider sharing this helpful setup video with your students: Registering your access code.
  4. Set up your course. Make sure you obtain your instructor access code from your Pearson ELT sales specialist. This video will walk you through the process of creating a new course.
  5. Share your Course ID with your students. Have them join your course. This video will show students how to join your course. Share the link with them.
  6. Reach out to students who are not completing assignments via messaging in MyEnglishLab or other electronic systems. Ensure they are able to access the course.
  7. Attend webinars and other trainings to explore all functionality. You can sign up for live webinars here.
  8. Explore available resources and videos here.
live webinars
Sign up for live training webinars

Sample Lesson Planner for course that traditionally meets 4-6 hours a week face-to-face:

  1. Assign MyLab work, including instructional videos (2-3 hours of work for students).

2. Meet synchronously 1-3 hours a week, review content delivered online, asynchronously. Review key concepts in e-book, utilize collaborative tasks, and engaging activities for students to connect and practice.

3. Reinforce with MyLab assignments and assessments, 1-3 hours of student work.

Additional resources to help you move online

We have lots of helpful resources to get you going:

A series of seven videos by Dr. Ken Beatty on making online teaching and learning work. Access them here.

A presentation by Christina Cavage exploring solutions and tips for successful online teaching. Access it here.

A presentation on how the Versant Placement Test can be used to assess students securely from home. Watch it here.

A demo on how to use MyEnglishLab for anytime, anywhere learning. Watch it here.

An update from Pearson ELT USA regarding the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

In response to the recent Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we would like to reassure the ELT community that we are monitoring the situation extremely closely. We understand the impact this is having, and our thoughts are with everyone affected.

Our priority is the safety of our employees, customers, and learners. The Pearson ELT USA Team is doing everything possible to ensure that teaching and learning can continue during this period of uncertainty, following guidance from the CDC and local authorities.

The Pearson ELT Team is dedicated to be your support center during this challenging time. We offer an array of modern digital solutions for online teaching, learning, and assessment. We are here to:

  • Help you obtain instant access to digital resources for your learners.
  • Find the best digital subscription solutions for your program. 
  • Offer support and training to make digital implementation quick and easy. 
  • Furnish you with digital versions of Pearson ELT textbooks.

The Marketing Team and your dedicated Pearson ELT Specialist are here for you. Contact us at any time! Locate your rep here. Email the marketing team at esl_marketing@pearson.com.

For a limited time, students can purchase instant access codes for MyEnglishLab and eTexts at a discount of 25% using code SPRING20 at buymylab.com.

We hope you can join our Digital Implementation Webinar Series with Pearson authors and experts who will talk about available resources and how to best transition to online learning and teaching. With the Pearson digital solutions, you can choose how you want to integrate online tools into your classroom to assess your students, manage your classroom, motivate your learners, and facilitate online practice.

Register for our online webinars

Distance Teaching and Learning: Useful Tips for Making it Work. Presented by Ken Beatty

Online teaching and remote learning are increasing globally, so how do you make it work for both educator and learner? In this webinar Dr. Ken Beatty, an expert on online teaching and learning, will focus on the needs of teachers and learners of all ages and at all levels.

He’ll explore how to get organized, plan effectively, stay motivated and keep learners engaged and answer key questions about online distance learning

Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00 am EDT . Register

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 am EDT . Register

Wednesday, March 18 at 1:00 pm EDT . Register

Digital Solutions for Online Learning. Presented by Christina Cavage

Wednesday, March 18 at 2:00 pm EDT

Learn how you can leverage digital tools to deliver course content in an online environment. This session covers the how to’s of using MyEnglishLab and other tools to keep your course moving and your students motivated.

Register

Using Versant Placement Test as a Home-Based Assessment. Presented by Nick Laul, Pearson Assessment

Thursday, March 19 at 2:00 pm EDT

Is your program in need of a home-based testing solution that will allow you to assess your students’ English language skills if your primary test is not available? The Versant English Placement Test is a 4-skills test that can be taken by computer for admissions and program placement. With score mappings to common scales like GSE, CEFR and TOEFL, it is easier than ever to integrate results into your existing enrollment process. In this session you will learn about Versant Placement Test and how you can implement it with your program.

Register

MyEnglishLab: Your Solution for Anytime, Anywhere Learning. Presented by Janay Phillips, Pearson ELT

Friday, March 20 at 2:00 pm EDT

MyEnglishLab, Pearson’s Language Management System, provides solutions for distance learning, anytime, anywhere. This session will walk you through the steps of registering your product, creating a course, and utilizing the wide array of tools available within MyEnglishLab.

Register

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