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Dr. Joan Kang Shin
Dr. Jered Borup


This is part one in a three part series called “Breaking Through the Screen: A Dozen Tips for Engaging Students in Online English Language Learning.”

Simply digitizing what you have always done in your in-person classrooms can leave you and your students feeling frustrated because activities that work in person too often fail to engage students online. The online learning environment is different and so the ways you teach should be different too. In this webinar we will share tips that you can use to create a better online learning environment for your students by:

  1. Using online technology to amplify and transform activities.
  2. Moving beyond passive learning by requiring your students to interact and create.
  3. Creating quality direct instruction using video recordings.
  4. Assessing your student learning using multiple methods.
  5. Setting clear expectations and providing the direction and support that your students need to meet them.

During the webinar the presenters will share specific examples that will help to illustrate what these strategies look like when teaching English to learners across grade levels.


Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to EFL teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is a Series Editor of National Geographic Learning’s young learner programs Welcome to Our WorldOur World, and Explore Our World, as well as the teen program Impact, and an author of the professional development title Teaching Young Learners English.

Connect with Dr. Shin: Google Site

Dr. Jered Borup is an Associate Professor in the Division of Learning Technologies at George Mason University. In his current position, he is the professor-in-charge of the Blended and Online Learning in Schools Master’s and Certificate programs that are devoted to improving teacher practices in online and blended learning environments. Previous to earning his Ph.D. at Brigham Young University, Jered taught history at a junior high school for six years. He has also taught online and blended courses since 2008. He currently researches student support systems in online and blended environments and has published 35 journal articles and 12 book chapters. His book “K-12 Blended Teaching: A Guide to Personalized Learning and Online Integration” can be read or downloaded for free at

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