Learner Guide

Site: Coach Carole's Online Learning
Course: easy-Speak Made Easy
Book: Learner Guide
Printed by: Guest user
Date: Monday, October 21, 2019, 4:44 PM

Description

How to participate in the course!

Welcome to easy-Speak Made Easy!

course logoYou are either a guest or a self-enrolled participant in this MOODLE learning environment and you are about to embark on a new learning journey to complement your experiences as a Toastmaster trainer and leader.

The course is useful for Toastmaster club officers who wish to automate their club meetings and management strategies. You are most likely here because you need to prepare for your job of training others in the use of easy-Speak!

This course will provide you with opportunities to learn at your own pace about the following functions and purposes of easy-Speak, Toastmasters Automation system:

  • interactive Toastmaster club online tools:
    • meeting management
    • club management
  • database functionalities of easy-Speak
    • member records
    • meeting records

In this first e-book we will provide chapters; explanations of the functions of easy-Speak and who will benefit from them.

Information is accessible and clickable. If it's blue you can probably click on it and see something extra. e-books, like this one, may also be printed if preferred. Other downloadable and printable resources are included in separate 'folders' accessible from the home page of the course. 

The easy-Speak system is web and e-mail based - so you will need to have internet connection and email (or can be assigned a 'buddy' who has). In some cases, club officers could use the database features to manage the club and only involve the general membership by telephone or printed 'sign-up' sheet.

The system is designed to be multi-club, multi-lingual and multi-timezone.

Let's get started!

What is self-managed e-learning?

In self-managed learning environment, the learner is in the driver seat and determines where they want to go, how to get there and how they want to manage their learning time and activities while online.

In this course there are three distinct stages of self-managed learning!

You will find some useful guidelines for managing in each stage in this Learner Guide.

three stages of learning

Learning versions

The aim of participating in this course is for you to gain knowledge and skills in the use of easy-Speak for managing your own club or helping others with theirs.

There are two ways in which you might participate in this course:

  1. Full version: use the content materials and instructions in each topic to steer you through the learning and completion of easy-Speak tasks; plus participate in the collaborative discussion forums and interactive webinars.
  2. Lite version: participate in the webinars (or view the recordings) and use the resources as required.

Whichever pathway you choose you will need to commit some of your time over the next few weeks to do the reading, the practice tasks and the collaborating.

There will not be any assessments required of you in this course; readings and tasks are designed to be mostly self-paced. However, you may find it useful to work in tandem with another club officer from your club, providing them with updates on the learning and the easy-Speak site you create.

In the next few chapters you will find suggestions and guidelines for building your knowledge and skill base in easy-Speak. This learning guide can be printed out and used to monitor your progress and achievements.

At the end of the course you will be able to complete and print a Certificate of Completion. This could be used as part of your credentials for Project 10 in Competent Leadership - Club Webmaster.

Here is an example of the Certificate:

certificate example

Where to start?

As you enter the course you may already have some knowledge and skills about the easy-Speak system. It would therefore be useful to move directly to the topic that is of most benefit for you right now. You can do that by using the Learner Topic Shortcut links available on every page.

If you are new to easy-Speak administration as a club officer we suggest that you start at

If you need to setup a new club site in easy-Speak for your club we suggest you move directly to

What learning resources are available?

In each topic you will find a variety of learning resources:

  • E-books: content for each topic is organised into chapters in a 'book' just like this Learner Guide. Chapters frequently include videos and graphics to support your learning journey, along with sets of Learning Tasks designed for you to practice your mastery of each topic.
  • Discusson forums: collaborative conversations will feature in each topic with further advice, ideas and answers to your 'frequently asked questions'
  • Media Collections: YouTube videos and other media resources will be available for viewing in each topic
  • Print based resources: PowerPoint presentations and other printable resources will be available for downloading in each topic
  • Webinar schedules: webinar session links and their recordings will be accessible from the r/h navigation column on the home page

Plan your learning activities

During the first week of the course, plan ahead to enable time and space for your learning activities.

You might find it useful to create an Action Plan or a Study Plan to help allocate that time in your busy schedule. For instance a Google Calendar to designate some dates and times for when you don't wish to be interrupted.

Ensure that you add the webinar schedules to your own calendar and set reminders for those. For instance you may prefer to add them to a Google Calendar online.

Course Activity Tracking

This course is set up so that you can see your own progress through the segments each time you login. These show as check marks in the small box to the right of each segment displayed on the home page. This is referred to as Activity Completion.

activity completion

Reflective Practice

It is often beneficial to make notes about your learning as you go. These notes could be made in your favourite productivity software, such as Microsoft Word, or you can make some notes right here in your learning environment.

There is a Blog tool built into this environment that you could use to compose notes as planning tools, and/or notes as reflective tools. You will see a link to your Blog menu on the right hand side of this page.

You can add an entry (notes) about this Book, view all of your entries about this book, or view entries from others about this book.

Note: if you want others to view your blog entries, ensure that you select the Everyone option before saving your Blog entry. Otherwise select Private to keep them hidden.

Of course you may also prefer to reflect in your own Blog.

Let's begin!

Topic 0: Overview [Week One]

This is where you are now! Work through the rest of the chapter 'readings' in this e-book and then check that you have completed the following:

  1. Posted an introduction to yourself in the Welcome forum
  2. Accessed and bookmarked the link to the easy-Speak Community
  3. Accessed and bookmarked the link to the easy-Speak Knowledge Base
  4. Prepared to participate in the first webinar (see schedule in calendar)

Topic 1: Introduction to easy-Speak

(an overview of what easy-Speak can do)

Accessed the chapter 'readings' in the e-book easy-Speak in Action and then check that you have completed the following:

  1. Posted your responses in the easy-Speak in Action forum
  2. Accessed the easy-Speak practice site for 
    King Arthur's Playground Club
  3. Performed some simple management tasks at King Arthur's Playground Club [see practice tasks in Project 1]
  4. Prepared to participate in the second webinar (see schedule in calendar)

Topic 2: easy-Speak for Members

(for those who are new to easy-Speak as a club member)

Accessed the chapter 'readings' in the e-book easy-Speak for members and then check that you have completed the following:

  1. Viewed the readings in the two e-books for this topic:
    easy-Speak for Members
    easy-Speak for Advanced Members
  2. Posted your responses in the easy-Speak for Members forum
  3. Accessed the easy-Speak site for King Arthur's Playground Club
  4. Performed some simple Member tasks at King Arthur's Playground Club [see Practice tasks in Project 2]
  5. Performed some advanced Member tasks at King Arthur's Playground Club [see Practice tasks in Project 3]
  6. Prepared to participate in the third webinar (see schedule in calendar)

Topic 3: easy-Speak for Club Officers 

(for those new to club officer roles or those wanting to learn more)

Accessed the chapter 'readings' in the e-book easy-Speak Basic Tasks for Club Officers and then check that you have completed the following:

  1. Viewed the readings in the two e-books for this topic:
    easy-Speak Basic Tasks for Club Officers
    easy-Speak Advanced Tasks for Club Officers
  2. Posted your responses in the easy-Speak for Club Officers Forum
  3. Accessed the easy-Speak site for King Arthur's Playground Club
  4. Performed some simple Club Officer tasks at King Arthur's Playground Club [see Practice tasks in Project 4)
  5. Performed some advanced Club Officer tasks at King Arthur's Playground Club [see Practice tasks in Project 5]
  6. Prepared to participate in the fourth webinar (see schedule in calendar)

Topic 4: Building an easy-Speak site

(for administrators of easy-Speak sites)

Accessed the chapter 'readings' in the e-book easy-Speak for TM Web Masters and then check that you have completed the following:

  1. Viewed the readings in the e-book for this topic:
    easy-Speak for TM Web Masters
  2. Posted your responses in the easy-Speak for TM Webmasters Forum
  3. Accessed the easy-Speak site for King Arthur's Playground Club
  4. Performed some Club Administration tasks at King Arthur's Playground Club [see Practice tasks in Project 6]
  5. Prepared to participate in the fifth webinar (see schedule in calendar)

Topic 5: Course Wrap up and Reflections

(for those who wish to gain badges and a certificate; and complete the feedback survey)

Access each of the following:

  1. Course Badges
  2. Course Certificate
  3. Course Feedback
  4. Course Farewells

Practice Task Projects 

The final chapter in each e-book displays a summary of the practice tasks that we recommend to gain experience with easy-Speak for yourself and your club or district. This will help you become an easy-Speak Champion.

In some topics these practice tasks can be completed in a fictitious club called the King Arthur's Playground Club. We will introduce you to this club by giving you login access to a specially provided easy-Speak training site created by the support team at District 59.

In other topics your practice tasks can be completed in your own club easy-Speak site, that you have setup, or in a club easy-Speak site in which you have a Club Officer role.

Note: You may also have access to an easy-Speak subject matter expert in your Area or District to whom you can turn when needing extra assistance.

Social Media Participation

You may like to join the easy-Speak Toastmasters Community, a Facebook Group, in which you can see the latest updates about this course and have conversations about easy-Speak with other easy-Speak Champions.

Badges

Along the way you will be able to earn a series of badges - virtual badges or images - that verify that you have completed specific parts of the course. To earn the badge for each level of expertise, you will be required to have viewed the e-books specific to that level. Details of the badges are available any time by selecting the Badges in the Navigation panel to the left.

To view the badges you have earned select the My Badges icon from the My Profile area in the Navigation Panel. Note: you will see only the badges you have earned as the system identifies which e-books you have completed.

Here's an example of mine in earning my first Learner Badge whilst logged in as a student.

learner badge earned

Badges are awarded for completion of each level!

Review your progress by selecting the small box on the right hand side of each e-book title in each topic. This will place a tick in that box and activate one or more badges for you. Note: this is a manual completion task which can be selected at any time.

Note: viewing the Learner Guide is the only compulsory task required for earning each badge and you will need to view each chapter in that guide so that the 'system' will mark this activity complete.