IH Campus country fair, Seville, Spain

11-May-2007

 

Seville

Blended learning expert, Pete Sharma, writes:

‘The first MEC country fair, at IH Seville, was a hugely enjoyable event. There was a real sense of warmth and camaraderie amongst the participants, from schools across the south of Spain (Seville, Huelva, Cordoba and Malaga) as well as Madrid.

A number of things struck me during the day. One was how completely different everyone’s individual experience of the Campus is. The participants (teachers, Directors of Studies, School Directors and Campus co-ordinators) have access to the same material, work for the same organisation, teach students with the same cultural and linguistic background, and yet the range of questions, ideas, thoughts and comments during the day was extremely diverse. I see this as positive. We not only discussed what Campus is, but also its potential.

Many barriers were mentioned during the day which could prevent teachers using technology successfully. At times these could seem insurmountable. However, in this group of creative practitioners, there was always a sense of “positivism” with people constantly suggesting constructive ideas.

There was a lot of excitement about the new lesson plans available on the MEC support site. These should prevent re-inventing the wheel. However, I think it is also important for individuals to work through a series of challenges first – how to set up the data-projector, how to exploit the materials, how to unleash the potential of MEC to transform classroom practice, etc. Each teacher in each school will be at a different point on their own, personal learning curve.

Some big questions also emerged: Can “best practice” be proliferated through (say) the support site? Or, are some teachers condemned to always finding technology a frustrating and ultimately negative experience? I came away with a positive glow and a sense of optimism. I believe others were also enthused by the potential of MEC.’

The participants


From left: Helen Rouse, Dos IH Malaga; Mike Green, MEC Training Manager; Linda Harper, Director IH Huevla; Christina Anistadiadis, Dos Adult Students IH Madrid; Simon Armour, DoS IH Cordoba; Jenny Dobson, Teacher and IH Campus co-ordinator IH Cordoba; Colin Dobson, DoS IH Seville; Pete Sharma.

Do you have something to say about your experience of Campus? What do you think of the support site and new MEC Basics worksheets? Do you find technology frustrating or empowering? Leave us a comment!

Comments(4)

  • I’d just like to add my thanks to all of you who took time out of your busy schedules to join us in Seville recently. It was great to hear your feedback and discuss the ways your schools are approaching using MEC.

    Academia Britanica (IH Cordoba), in particular, have some exciting ideas for relaunching a blended online-F2F course later in the year…

    We’ll be running similar country fairs soon with groups of IH schools in Poland and Italy, so watch this space!

    Posted by Mike Green on May 14th 2007
  • I love this campus and what it implies.
    I think the MEC Basic Worksheets are very useful for the students and the teachers.
    I find technology fascinating and empowering, the problem is that there’s always something new and it is impossible to have enough time to research and explore all its possibilities. Maybe that is the reason why it is absolutely fasciniting. It allows us to do things and prepare materials you could have never imagined in the past.

    Posted by Mercedes Viola on May 18th 2007
  • I love this campus and what it implies.
    I think the MEC Basic Worksheets are very useful for the students and the teachers.
    I find technology fascinating and empowering, the problem is that there’s always something new and it is impossible to have enough time to research and explore all its possibilities. Maybe that is the reason why it is absolutely fasciniting. It allows us to do things and prepare materials you could have never imagined in the past.

    Posted by Mercedes Viola on May 18th 2007
  • I just wanted to thank the Macmillan team for coming out to visit us for the first MEC Country Fair. I definitely found it to be an inspiring day and has motivated me to move the implementation of the Campus on to a new level in our school – both with our Intensive students and by extending its use to in-company classes in some sort of blended learning course. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a copy of Pete’s book before long!!

    Many thanks

    Colin

    Posted by Colin Dobson on May 22nd 2007

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