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Moderator: Andy Johnson
Panel: Andy Johnson, Heike Philp, Joshua Underwood, Sandy Millin
Recent events have led to a seismic shift in the amount of language training being delivered online. In this panel discussion we will look at the strengths and weaknesses of online delivery and the inherent challenges schools have faced pivoting from face-to-face delivery to online virtual classrooms. Answering as many of your questions as possible, we will also consider the longer-term implications of COVID-19 on the EFL and wider training industry.
Andy Johnson is the Director of London School Online, which helps individuals and organisations to adapt to the changing workplace. Working with clients, stakeholders and industry specialists, Andy is passionate about applying new technologies and ideas to produce bespoke training solutions and course delivery.
Sandy Millin is the Director of Studies at International House Bydgoszcz in Poland, where they made the shift to fully online teaching in March 2020. She is a blogger, teacher trainer and materials writer, and regularly presents at conferences and online.
Heike Philp, CEO of Let's Talk Online sprl in Brussels, Belgium is an immersive language education specialist. She is co-initiator of four EU funded projects about language teaching and learning in real-time in virtual classrooms and virtual worlds and has been in web conferencing since 2003.
Joshua Underwood is an online teacher and teacher trainer for British Council Bilbao. Having worked for 15 years in EdTech research, he now specialises in digital competences for educators and moderates teacher-facing MOOCS on Futurelearn. Josh’s interests include exploring ways human teachers and AI can work together to deliver better learning experiences.