5 things we’ve learned from running the LXD Meetup

Over the last six months we have partnered with Enrol Yourself to run three LXD Meetups in different places in London. In organising these events, we’ve realised how much more there is to know about LXD and how helpful it is to share experiences and ideas with others in the group. This post looks at five of the key things we’ve learned already and invites you to join us for the next one.

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The speaking situation: an interview with Dr. Claire Dembry

ELTjam sat down for a chat with Dr. Claire Dembry, Principal Research Manager in ELT at Cambridge University Press, to talk about how the wide-ranging research she was engaging in was impacting the conversations that were taking place around CUP’s products … especially when it comes to learners actually speaking … 

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The pronunciation problem: an interview with Laura Patsko

All things considered, it seems there is still some way to go before ELT course materials – and the teachers that use them – are able to address pronunciation in class appropriately and effectively.

Laura Patsko is a language consultant specialising in the practical applications of linguistic research. In this post, Laura addresses how pronunciation is currently being addressed by ELT publishers and content creators, and what could be done to better support English learners.

English for the underserved: Alternative technologies to bridge the digital divide

This post is based on Michael Carrier’s talk at InnovateELT 2017 in Barcelona, English for the underserved – technology to close the digital divide. Much of our work in ELT technology helps ‘first world’ kids with first world tech access. This post looks at the other world – the next billion learners, in rural areas of Africa & Asia. These learners and communities have difficulty accessing electricity, connectivity, textbooks – we can fix that with new EdTech.

Changing Perspective: LXD with ELTjam

ELT editor and materials writer Katy Asbury gives us her take on ELTjam’s Learner Experience Design training and the impact it had on her perspective on teaching.

One facet of product design is knowing your audience inside out through User Personas, a clear set of personas setting out goals and needs of different Users, which guides your design. How could we use this approach to help our different learners? I decided to create my own set of Learner Personas and apply these to my digital product to consider how and where improvements could be made.

Innovate EdTech Conference 2017

We are thrilled to announce a new Innovate event in London this autumn, the Innovate EdTech Conference 2017. The theme of the event is The Age of Learner Experience and it will be held in East London on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Machine Learning Summer School – Day 3

This week ELTjam are at the ALTA Machine Learning Summer School in Crete and you can read regular updates of what’s happening here on the blog. Today, Day 3, we had an insight into the human element to the Write & Improve product, both in terms of the annotation done to the the text by human annotators, and the insights that teachers can get into their learners’ progress. This post is a summary of the day and a list of questions it would be great if we could collectively answer!

Machine Learning Summer School – Day 2

All this week ELTjam are at the Machine Learning for ELT Conference in Crete. This post looks at the Day 2 action, including more detail on automated error correction techniques, error correction related to content words, the importance of Learner Experience Design (LXD) with all this theory, and finally a look at the Write & Improve product from ALTA.

Things we learned from #iELT17

Things we learned from #iELT17

On the weekend of the 5th/6th May, ELTjam and Oxford TEFL organised the InnovateELT Conference in Barcelona. The theme of the weekend was Power to the Learner and we heard from people across the industry about ways in which we can think more about what learners want and need as they progress on their language-learning journey. By way of a summary, here the ELTjam team share some of their most memorable takeaways from the event and we link to other posts that talk about the conference.

Addressing access to English for refugees and asylum seekers: An interview with Anna Lloyd from Cambridge English Language Assessment

Towards the end of 2016, Cambridge English Language Assessment held the ‘Access to English for Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ conference with Techfugees –  a social enterprise mobilising the international tech community to respond to the refugee crisis. We spoke to Anna Lloyd, Head of Education Technology at Cambridge English Language Assessment and member of the Techfugees Cambridge chapter, about how the partnership came about and what solutions have come out if it so far …

How UX helped me learn English

What if the only way you can learn more about your chosen discipline is through content in a foreign language? Fabricio Teixeira is a UX designer from São Paulo. As he developed his career in UX, he found that the lack of content available in his native language motivated him to learn a new one. We came across Fabricio’s story and asked him to repost it on ELTjam, as we felt it would be relevant for many of you, and we loved the combination of ELT and User Experience.

The new wave of learning styles

It’s pretty widely accepted that the concept of learning styles is unsubstantiated. There is a distinct lack of evidence to suggest that catering specifically for audio-linguistic learners, or kinaesthetic learners, or whatever the others are, has any actual benefit. As far as cold hard evidence goes, it just doesn’t stack up, which is a worry to the small nation of educational consultants and publishing companies that have forged a lucrative career advocating learning-style oriented teaching strategies.

All’s not lost, however, as a brand spanking new set of learning styles has been identified by educational researchers at the London Institute of Education Studies, and there is more than enough debate surrounding them to power the next decade of educational keynote speeches.

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LX isn’t just UX with an L thrown in!

Zahra Davidson discusses Learner Experience Design (LXD) from her perspective as a designer working in the learning ‘space’. What are the benefits of viewing our work within the specialism of LXD, what are the concerns when direct parallels are drawn between UX and LX practice and what is lost when we assume that LX relates only to digitally delivered learning?