1. BRIEF OF THE ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORT PROJECT (OLSP)
In order to help students utilize the latest technology available, all students are issued with their own laptops, which are renewed every two years. There is fast and reliable Internet connection all over campus and the use of computers is embedded in the SL curriculum. For example, students expect to use their computers┬á at least once a week in the classroom (listening to a podcast, using blogs, doing online activities, using the SL virtual learning environment: SUCourse etc), almost all writing assignments are word-processed and communication about courses is mostly through e-mail and course websites.
In addition, a virtual learning environment (SUCourse) that is related to the FDY courses has been designed by SL instructors and is used regularly as a part of the courses inside and outside the classroom. The SL allocates time and resources to the development and improved use of this resource in the form of project work (OLSP) and ongoing work is done in developing teaching materials for classroom use that utilize the Internet and the student laptops.
The SL also allocates time and resources on the development of the technological skills of the instructors and students. In-house teacher development sessions at SL include sessions on the effective use of technology in teaching and learning English (podcasts, blogs, using Word 2007, preparing presentations using Power Point, creating online activities using Quia, giving audio and video feedback etc) that aim to enrich instructors? skills in the effective use of technology and provide a forum for the sharing of┬á ideas. Guidance and training is also provided to SL students in the effective use of technology in learning English. For more details on the project you may wish to visit the SL Way on SLOnline (Z/General).