Personalised Learning – IATEFL BESIG Workshop

8 Jun

Here are the slides from the BESIG weekend workshop I gave on the 7th June 2015.  I was very honoured to have been asked to run the workshop, particularly as I noticed it was the 50th such workshop that BESIG have run.

In the talk we touched on some of the evidence that exists to suggest a personalised learning approach is more effective – it is an instinctive thought and one most of us would recognise, but there is actual research data out there as well.

We looked at the importance of needs analysis and ways in which we can use Google forms as both a data gathering tool and for analysis purposes.

We also thought about course design and moving towards an iterative, cyclical, learner led process that is based initially on learner needs, but also on a feedback cycle going forwards.

Finally I presented three activities that use the students as the content creators within a teacher provided framework, as a way of modelling an approach to using the students as resource in the BE classroom.


My huge thanks to the IATEFL BESIG team for inviting me to run the workshop, and to Justine Arena for looking after me on the day and for all her hard work in organising the technical side of things so that I didn’t have to!

If you are a member of IATEFL and of BESIG, you should be able to view a recording of the workshop on the BESIG website.



5 Responses to “Personalised Learning – IATEFL BESIG Workshop”

  1. Justine Arena Monday 8 June 2015 at 14:04 #

    David, thank you for making yourself available and for the wonderful workshop! It was a great pleasure to meet you and work with you on this. 🙂

  2. Adi Rajan Monday 8 June 2015 at 14:06 #


    I attended your webinar yesterday but mostly in absentia because I had another commitment. But I did catch the bit about the three activities (or the last two of the three) which seemed really interesting and practical.

    Is it possible for you to explain how to run”Office Modals”? Thanks.


    • David Petrie Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 10:45 #

      Hi Adi,

      yes – my plan is to put all three activities up on the blog in downloadable form as soon as possible!

      All the best,

  3. Michael Leahy Monday 22 June 2015 at 21:33 #

    Thanks for sharing David! As always so many really interesting points!!!


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