Working togetherWe started by working together to refine Chitose's goals, partly by discussing the learning opportunities she was hoping to create for her students - a mix of content and communication potential (using a whole range of multimedia). The idea was that students would be encouraged to speak, write, listen to and read Japanese a lot more, with multimedia scaffolding helping with, for instance, pronunciation and the forming of kanji. Chitose had already created a large amount of resources in PowerPoint (see for example, the picture below), but was keen to enable students to be more active, and to build a learning community whose main interest was learning the Japanese language and finding out about Japanese culture, history, education and so on.
Some aspects of VPDWhile working on some of the 'nuts and bolts' of design and build we found the screen share function in Skype to be invaluable with Chitose 'driving' and me talking her through things as she did them on her own computer. Also useful was the sandpit course that had been created in the VPD Moodle site to provide a safe place to try things out before going live with students. Chitose started with discussion forums and wikis (see the screen capture below), uploading files, and adding titles/labels, and of course adding users and assigning roles.
An example of a wiki in Chitose's Moodle site after being used by students