The LOC tool for EAP teachers: authoring your own online learning materials

Date: 9 November, 2012
Location: Room 2149, Blg 65, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton
Event type: workshop

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Event times : 13.00 - 16.30

This blended-delivery workshop is a pre-event activity linked to the BALEAP PIM meeting on the use of technology for EAP teaching, which will be held at the University of Southampton on 10th November, 2012. The LOC workshop will be of interest to teachers of English for Academic Purposes with an interest in, but little experience of, online materials development, and who are happy to share their materials with the sector.

The workshop will involve the introduction of the online version of the LOC (Learning Object Creator), an authoring tool for the creation of online learning material, which is designed to be easy to use and includes in-built pedagogical guidance for the creation of effective materials. It will include presentations from experienced EAP tutors who use the tool in their everyday teaching.

Participants will get a chance to discover the pedagogical background to the tool and begin to plan their own activity through a series of pre-workshop tasks; and then at the face-to-face workshop will use the tool in the creation of their own material, ending the day by sharing and peer-reviewing their outputs. The workshop will mix hands-on activity with discussion and presentation. A post-workshop task involves the creation of some learning material and the submission of it to the LLAS Centre. Participants can then have unlimited access to the tool, to start using it in their own institutions, and will also have the opportunity to join our online community of developers.

Please note:  Attendees will be required to do some pre-workshop activities before the workshop, and these can be found at: LOC tool workshop.

These activities consist of some preliminary online work and some thinking time in the planning of an activity. (est. 2-3 hours’ work). Completion of the pre-workshop tasks is compulsory for attendance at the workshop.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn to use a unique, simple tool to create online learning materials
  • Consider and implement good practice in creating effective online learning materials
  • Share and peer-review outputs amongst the group
  • Join an online community of developers


  • There is a charge of £40 to attend this event for BALEAP PIM (on 10th November) attendees.
  • There is a charge of £95 for non-PIM attendees.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to retain the full registration fee if you do not notify us by Monday 5th November 2012 that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
Remember that you can apply for the HEA UK travel fund to cover travel, subsistence or conference fees for this event. To find out more, visit the HEA website.