Behind the screens: Live online training explained - video transcript


Kate Bush - AQA Trainer

Ian Wheeler – AQA Trainer

Kate Bush:  Welcome to the online world.  Our live online training offers the benefits and interactivity of the classroom plus a little bit more.

You still enjoy real-time access to our trainers. People like me and Ian here, we’re teachers and examiners ourselves, so we know the practicalities as well as the theory and you still learn with other teachers, so you can share ideas with them.

And you can still get teaching and learning materials which you can download and share.

And better still, live online training is convenient. No more travelling to training venue and the great thing is, you don’t need any special equipment. All you need is a computer with speakers or a headset and access to the internet. So you can learn wherever suits you, in your school, or in the comfort of your own home.

And we’ve designed the online space so it’s simple and easy to use. Let’s give it a go in practice.

Just like a face to face course, the trainer delivers the training live at the scheduled time and participants log in from wherever they are in the UK or from overseas.

 Today we’ve got Adam in Chester, Steven from Newcastle and Mary who joined from Hampshire plus quite a few other participants.

There, you can see their names in the attendee list, and you can see everyone’s details here in the Introductions section.

Ian Wheeler:  Good afternoon, and welcome to today’s online training which will be for AQA English Language specification B. Key questions we’re going to be looking at today are..

Kate Bush: So the delivery is a little different but the content is just the same.

Ian Wheeler: Creating text coursework…  So a question to start you off, how do you as teachers of this subject try to get your students to be more familiar with the process of working with un-seen data?

Kate Bush: The great benefit is that all participants can contribute and share a wealth of ideas with each other just by typing in their responses.

Ian Wheeler:  I can see lots of excellent suggestions there. Please do keep typing and sharing those ideas as I read through. Yes, keeping language scrap books, that’s a very good idea. Analysing the speech of the world around them, that’s very good as well.

Kate Bush: And the system even lets the trainer run quick polls about the topic.

Ian Wheeler: okay, I’ve got the results of the poll coming in now. I asked you the question ‘Do you think this candidate addresses salient gender concepts?’ and I can see that you all think that they do which is of course absolutely the correct answer. The second question was ‘How well do you think they write about those concepts?’ the majority of you think they do it well. I actually would argue they do it very well, and I can see that Mary is in complete agreement with me which obviously means she has exquisite taste.

Kate Bush: Online training might be slightly different, but participants’ feedback has been really positive. Teachers tell us they are an effective and engaging way to learn. And online training helps us to deliver our commitment to supporting AQA qualifications with continuing professional development.

Our website shows the full range of courses available, everything from accounting to Spanish. So look online today and see how you can learn more about AQA qualifications and develop your teaching skills.


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