What subject(s) do you teach?:
English Language Arts
How many years have you been teaching?:
Teaching EFL in Italy for 15 years
Nives Torresi is a Teacher of EFL; English Drama; Business English and English Exam Preparation (Cambridge FCE).
Translator from Italian to English (Business Manuals, Historical archives and Medical papers), Interpreter - Mediator for Business negotiations.
Currently also teaches online via interactive learning platforms for Business English courses and Language tutoring. Moderator/participant Teacher Training/development courses - M4T Moodle for Teachers, Teaching with Technology, Blend and Flip.
I am totally fond of the idea of using Senior Citizens and like Donna Teuber it does remind me too of Sugata Mitra's granny cloud!
I believe the MOODLE would be the best platform to use for the Seniors to work from and as far as enticing the College students, as Donna Teuber says, to actually seek this experience then one way would be to make the Moodle course final certificate/attendance record count on their CV's. However the Moodle experience in itself is well worthy of a note in CV's.
The great thing about the Moodle is that it has different roles that have diverse 'authorization' to make modifications - e.g. Moodle Administrator has total control; Manager has somewhat limited control; Teacher has limited control. Allowing any organization to set up the Moodle to ensure -for example- the didactic paths are maintained by the Teacher, the logistics of the site are maintained by Admin; the Course modifications by Managers. Go to the Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/nelliemuller and look at the Moodle tutorials.
Thank you for your brilliant comment, yes I will contact Jessica Ellis asap! Setting up the Moodle is not as hard as it may seem, Dr Nellie Deutsch offers moodle training at https://moodle4teachers.org/ and would be keen to run a course for Seniors to enable them to be online mentors. I would also be facilitating and moderating until the course can be totally managed by the Seniors.