Online tutoring: disruption, risks and opportunities

Online tutoring: disruption, risks and opportunities

The accessibility, individuality and flexibility of online tutoring is pulling more and more language learners away from face-to-face modes of learning. But what does this shift away from the classroom mean for teachers, learners and the ELT industry?

ELTjam’s new team member in Brazil: Introducing Daphne Walder

ELTjam’s new team member in Brazil: Introducing Daphne Walder

Here at ELTjam we love making connections and exploring ways of doing things better (and, ideally, in a more fun way!). One such connection we are super grateful to have made recently is Daphne Walder. Jo and Tim met Daphne at the Amplifica Internacional conference in Sao Paulo back in March where they were presenting on Learner Experience Design. Sparks flew and conversation flowed, and it was clear that we all had a lot in common in terms of what we wanted to achieve in ELT. One thing led to another and, well …

ELT and disruptive innovation: what does the theory actually tell us?

ELT and disruptive innovation: what does the theory actually tell us?

In this guest post, Ed Pegg looks at disruptive innovation:
The terms ‘disruption’ and ‘disruptive innovation’ seem to have entered the ELT lexicon in recent years but do you know what the terms actually mean? According to Clayton Christensen, the theory’s creator, it’s one of the world’s most misunderstood ideas and most applications of his work are done in error. If we’ve misunderstood the theory, does that mean that our recent response to online learning and other threats has been a mistake?