micro-interview

Eric Baber1. What do you do?

A) Day job: work with customers of online English course materials so that their students get maximum benefit. B) Vice President of IATEFL.

2. Why do you do it?

A) I’m intrigued by technology and education, especially when they’re combined successfully. B) I love the IATEFL community!

3. What’s the most interesting thing happening in ELT right now?

The Flipped Classroom paradigm. Done properly it makes effective English language learning so much more accessible to so many more people.

4. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for learners of English?

More diversity and flexibility of learning opportunities.

5. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for teachers?

A steep & ongoing learning curve! Change is here to stay. Teachers need to be able to support students with new learning tools & materials.

6. What does EdTech mean for publishers?

Quicksand. The ground is changing under their feet. Re-arranging to be able to compete with a range of new competitors is a real challenge.

7. Gamification: a fad or the future?

Too early to tell. In any event gamification in ELT isn’t here yet – I have yet to see a convincing example of it.

8. How will mobile learning transform ELT?

Not sure it will, entirely. It’ll certainly help many learners practise micro-skills and knowledge, but I wouldn’t call that transformative.

9. What next for online learning?

Adaptive learning, with services overlaid (e.g. online tutoring via Skype) for motivational purposes and skills practice.

 10. How will ELT be different 5 years from now?

There’ll be more of it. More people will be learning via self-directed means, but also more affordable classes based on blended learning.

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