How often do you seek your students’ feedback: each semester, weekly, after each class?
In the same vein of thought, when I blogged about the four key factors affecting the business of ELT elearning, one of my main points addressed “collaboration”, and how “materials improvement can now occur in collaboration with teachers and learners which is revolutionary for small companies like Edulang”.
Here’s a perfect example: this past month I’ve been collaborating with a group of software engineering students at SUPINFO, a well-known school in France.
Yohan, one of the group leaders, and a number of his classmates used English Addicts and Test Simulator for a few weeks and they then sent us a number of powerpoints sharing their feedback in detailed notes/screen captures. They were constructive, pointing out what they felt to be our strengths, and then underlining other areas where they felt we could improve, citing both their expertise as English learners and Software developers.
Feedback is precious and we should be proactive about seeking it out, both as teachers, learners, materials developers… heck, everyone! And finally, thanks again to the SUPINFO students again for their time and reflections.
Long live the 21st century and collaboration!!!