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How to engage your online class: humanize, collaborate, interact

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How to engage your online class: humanize, collaborate, interact

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Tuition fee: 220€. The amount includes the material provided during the course and the issuance of the certificate.

Date: from 03/05/2021 to 30/05/2021

Direction: Ocarina Masid Blanco

Author and tutor: Lola Torres Ríos

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Course description

Online environments are playing an increasingly important role in language teaching. Without a doubt, technology plays an essential role in our classes. However, the digital competence of our students and ours is no longer the same as a few months ago. Neither is our attitude towards technology or our needs. We are at a time where we must reflect on whether this technology is aligned in a consistent way with the way we learn.

After all, the brain will remain our main learning technology. In this course, we will offer proposals to align technology and learning through good practices in order to: plan an online class, create dynamics that involve and maintain the attention of students, and offer feedback on the learning processes.

This course is oriented to the development of the key competences of teachers:

  • Organize learning situations
  • Evaluate student learning and performance
  • Use ICT to carry out their work

  • Teachers of Spanish as a second and foreign language
  • Teachers of other foreign languages
  • Foreign language teacher trainers
  • Editors and authors of teaching materials
  • Professionals related to the management of language centers
  • Volunteers from non-governmental organizations
  • Review and reflect on our online teaching practice.
  • Plan a class online.
  • Create dynamics that involve and maintain the attention of students.
  • Offer feedback on learning processes in online environments.

The evaluation will be based on the work that is carried out throughout the different modules, the design of an action plan to carry out an innovative project in the classroom, adapted to the educational context of each teacher. In order to evaluate the final project, the following components will be taken into account:

  • the reflection submitted in the various spaces of the course;
  • arrying out the course activities, both individual and collaborative;
  • the self-assessment of each module;
  • the design of the final project.

Participants will receive feedback from their peers and the tutor on each module and on the final project.

Interaction activities with classmates: two live videoconferences (12.05.21 and 26.05.21 at 10:00a.m., they will be recorded to allow asynchronous viewing), posts in virtual campus forums, and use of other collaborative spaces such as Flipgrid, Padlet and Google Drive.

Deadlines: weekly frequency in the submission of individual or collaborative work for each module. The final project will be submitted on June 3, 2021.


The course is presented from an active and collaborative approach, based on the pedagogical ideas on which the course is based, and focused on the learner from the global concept of learning-by-doing. It promotes both individual work and communication and collaboration with other course participants, in addition to submitting work and participating in forums. The activities will be carried out both individually and collaboratively. It is intended to promote the autonomy of the participants and develop strategies so that they are able to independently solve the difficulties that may arise once the course is finished.


Students who have participated in this course will receive a certification of achievement issued by the Cervantes Institute and Nebrija University, and which will be sent by this university to the interested party. To do this, students must actively participate in communication activities and pass the course assessment tasks with the grade of "Pass".

Bibliography for the preparation of the course

Prior to the course, it is recommended the student consult:

RUIZ, H. (2019). Los procesos clave de la enseñanza. En ¿Cómo aprendemos? Una aproximación científica al aprendizaje y la enseñanza. Graó.

TORRES, L. (2020). Hacia una enseñanza online sostenible y de calidad. UNIBA Centro Universitario de Barcelona: Enlace

Contents, authors and tutors

Module I
  • Online teaching challenges: how to revalue the online classroom.
Module II
  • Approaches to online teaching
Module III
  • How to plan and engage your online class
Module IV
  • Feedback in online teaching
Author of the material: Lola Torres Ríos
  • Lola Torres Ríos (teacher trainer in different academic contexts, specialized in educational technology and learning strategies)

PhD in Didactics of Language and Literature, Master's degree in Training SFL Teachers, and Master's degree in Didactics of Language (University of Barcelona). She is a teacher of SFL for adults, and is a tutor in different university programs. She also collaborates in the design and creation of materials in publishing houses. She directs and tutors courses on digital competence and educational innovation at the Instituto Cervantes Teacher Training Center. She currently runs the Campamento Norte language teacher training school. She has experience as an academic coordinator, in a management team, she is responsible for teacher evaluation and training at UAB Idiomes (Autonomous University of Barcelona). Her areas of specialization are ICT, audiovisual competence and learning strategies.

Technical requirements

In order to take the course, participants must have:

  • Computer with an Internet connection (broadband)
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  • Web browser: Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox
  • Applications: word processor, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, etc.
  • Valid email address
  • Graphics card: 8 MB memory
  • Sound card: 16
  • Microphone: standard
  • Speakers or headphones: standard

Knowledge and use of basic computer tools (user level) is required.

LMS used: Blackboard Learn

rRegistration and information

Interested parties can request more information from secretariafle@nebrija.es

Contact information to formalize registration:

C/ Santa Cruz de Marcenado, 27
28015 Madrid
Tel: 914521103 Fax: 914521110

Registration: informa@nebrija.es