We are delighted to announce that NILE Online has been shortlisted for the prestigious British Council 2015 ELTons award for Digital Innovation!
The ELTons, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English Language Teaching and reward educational resources that help English language learners and teachers to achieve their goals. The award ceremony takes place in London in early June, and we are very excited of the possibility of joining our trainers Jamie Keddie, Russell Stannard and Gavin Dudeney as winners of this award.
“This is the first time we have been nominated for these well-respected awards, and we are thrilled to have got this far,” says NILE Online Global Marketing and Recruitment Manager Joanna Muldoon.
The original idea behind NILE Online was to combine the flexibility offered by online provision of CPD courses with tutor involvement, participant interaction, academic excellence and the whole experience offered on face-to-face courses. A team of digital experts was commissioned to develop the exact tools needed to meet our requirements, and these tools have enabled NILE to deliver the online courses smoothly and with hugely positive feedback - excellent content, expert and accessible tutoring, high quality of interaction etc.
"The fact that NILE Online has been shortlisted for Digital Innovation is apt, as we focussed on developing a platform where each course could be delivered through a range of customised online tools specifically designed to encourage maximum interaction between participants, thus enabling teachers to share ideas and activities in visual and dynamic ways. We are therefore hopeful that we will be successful at the awards ceremony in June.”
Two such tools are Videoquanda and Talkpoint. Videoquanda allows the course participant to tag a comment at a particular point in a video which is visible to tutors and colleagues, thereby presenting an opportunity for lively and relevant discussion.
Talkpoint provides a personalised and dynamic dimension to the course, as it encourages participants to demonstrate and share their own activities and relate course content to their own specific context.
To participate in a NILE Online course, the only requirements are an internet connection and a headset with a microphone. This, together with a host of other online tools, ensure that NILE Online courses are accessible to the widest possible range of teachers.
Try the NILE Online course taster and see what you think!
To celebrate the ELTons Award nomination, you can win a NILE Online course starting 27th April.