What is an eWorkshop?

Our eWorkshops are innovative online multi-media resources available free of cost to professional learning communities of educators who wish to collaboratively inquire into and improve their practice with bi/multilingual learners.  Our eWorkshops follow a three-part learning cycle that is repeated across six units of study.  Each unit of study takes about three hours to complete.  Our three-part learning cycle includes:

Part 1: Explore

In Explore, participants engage with interesting content (videos, multimedia resources, concise readings) to explore new ideas related to the topic of the eWorkshop.

Part 2: Make it Work

In Make it Work, participants are given multiple options to choose from with ideas of how to take the new learning from Explore and put it into practice. One of the options is always “You Make it Work,” where participants can create their own option or tweak the ones we have provided to ensure their work is meaningful and practical for their local context.

Part 3: Share

In Share, participants upload materials and reflections from their Make it Work efforts to discuss the opportunities, experiences, challenges, successes, etc. that they encountered.

To see how an eWorkshop works, please watch this tutorial video.  

What is a mini eWorkshop?

Our  mini-eWorkshops are innovative online multi-media resources available free of cost to professional learning communities of educators who wish to collaboratively inquire into and improve their practice with bi/multilingual learners.  Our eWorkshops follow a three-part learning cycle that is repeated across 1, 2, or 3 units of study.  Each unit of study takes about three hours to complete.  Mini eWorkshops with 1 unit of study require about 3 hours of work time to complete.  Mini eWorkhsops with 2 units of study require about 6 hours of work time to complete.  Mini eWorkshops with 3 units of study require about 9 hours of work time to complete.    

Our three-part learning cycle includes:

Part 1: Explore

In Explore, participants engage with interesting content (videos, multimedia resources, concise readings) to explore new ideas related to the topic of the eWorkshop.

Part 2: Make it Work

In Make it Work, participants are given multiple options to choose from with ideas of how to take the new learning from Explore and put it into practice. One of the options is always “You Make it Work,” where participants can create their own option or tweek the ones we have provided to ensure their work in meaningful and practical for their local context.

Part 3: Share

In Share, participants upload materials and reflections from their Make it Work efforts to discuss the opportunities, experiences, challenges, successes, etc. that they encountered.

Upon successful completion of participants can request a certificate of completion documenting their 6 hours of professional development.  Our mini-eWorkshops are designed for participants to take them as stand-along content, or they may be taken concurrently in order to continue learning.  We encourage the use of our mini-eWorkshops for a more flexible learning option.  To learn more about the mini-eWorkshops we offer, click here.  To learn more about the process to get started taking our mini-eWorkshops, click here.  

Where do the eWorkshops come from?

In 2011, a $1.9 million grant was awarded to the University of Colorado Denver from the federal Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition to design high quality professional learning for educators of multilingual students, particularly in content classrooms such as mathematics and science. This project, eCALLMS (PR Award # T365Z110177), created 33 eWorkshops and ended in August 2016.

In September 2016, a $2.7 million grant was awarded to the University of Nebraska Lincoln to continue working with the eWorkshops. The new project, ICMEE (PR Award # T365Z160351), expands access to the existing eWorkshops to at least 10 new states, designs more eWorkshops for varying groups of educators (administrators, school psychologists, etc.) and researches the impact and outcomes of eWorkshop participation. ICMEE will end in August 2021, but a goal of the project is to maintain access to our work for low cost/free beyond the scope of our grant funding.

To learn more details about the ICMEE project, please click here.

How do I get started with an eWorkshop?

STEP 1: Identify with whom you will take an eWorkshop.

Our eWorkshops are for professional learning communities of educators and were designed to provide meaningful opportunities for collaboration. Therefore, eWorkshops should be taken with a minimum of 2 educators working together and a maximum of ~10. We recommend groups of 4-6 educators work together in an eWorkshop. It is often beneficial for educators to collaborate in an eWorkshop with other educators from their same school or district, but because of the online nature of our eWorkshops, educators may choose to collaborate with other educators near and far. We encourage potential eWorkshop participants to utilize our eWorkshops as meaningful resources to support collaborative learning via professional learning communities.  For anyone interested in facilitating an eWorkshop we have prepared a detailed guide here. In order to support the agency, leadership, and collaboration of all participants of the eWorkshop we ask that you read and follow the guidelines provided in the ICMEE facilitator guide.  

Please also note that our eWorkshops are password protected learning spaces for self-selected communities. The work that eWorkshop participants do in an eWorkshop is only visible to the other members of the eWorkshop and members of the ICMEE Team.

STEP 2:  Select the eWorkshop that you would like to take.

We have many eWorkshops available that are described here. Please review the available eWorkshops and collaboratively select the eWorkshop that your group will find most beneficial to engage in.  Make sure that you have a minimum of 2 educators ready to collaborate together in the eWorkshop you choose.  

STEP 3: Select the date for launching your eWorkshop. Be sure to give the ICMEE team a minimum of two weeks to assist you in launching into your eWorkshop.

eWorkshops can be launched at any time a group would like to begin an available eWorkshop. Therefore, once a group is put together and an eWorkshop has been selected, determining when to start the eWorkshop is an important next step. The ICMEE team requires two weeks advanced notice to set up the eWorkshop for any interested group. Therefore, be sure to select a date that gives the ICMEE team at least two weeks advanced notice.

eWorkshops include six units and each unit takes approximately three hours of a participants’ time to complete. We recommend that groups complete eWorkshops over a 6, 12 or 18 week period. Currently 12 weeks appears to be an ideal length of time to take a eWorkshop. However, we have had many successful eWorkshops run in 6 weeks. Be sure that when you are selecting the time to start your eWorkshop you are planning for the entire eWorkshop to run during the school year. Participants need to have access to students, classrooms, data, etc. to meaningfully engage in eWorkshop learning.

When you reach out to the ICMEE Team to start an eWorkshop, be prepared to share both the start date of the eWorkshop as well as the timeline the eWorkshop will run on. Please submit a timeline to the ICMEE team, including a start date and end date, that matches the wishes of your group.  Additionally, we encourage you to share with your eWorkshop colleagues an anticipated timeline to support active collaboration and engagement across the eWorkshop. 

STEP 4: To request an eWorkshop use the Contact Us form and submit the following information to the ICMEE Team.  To register and enroll in your eWorkshop, follow the instructions received from the ICMEE team. 

To Request an eWorkshop please submit:

  • Name of desired eWorkshop(s)
    • If you would like multiple sections of one eWorkshop to accommodate multiple groups taking the same eWorkshop within one school or district, please let us know how many sections of the eWorkshop you are interested in.
  • eWorkshop start date
  • eWorkshop end date
  • School District and State 
    • If participants are in multiple school districts/states, please list the school district and state for the person organizing the eWorkshop.  

After submitting this information to the ICMEE Team, you will hear from a member of the team with the information necessary to self-enroll into both our database and your requested eWorkshop. We do not manage enrollments on our end, we send the necessary information and supports for interested participants to enroll themselves. We do support any troubles that may come up (please contact icmee@unl.edu), but the information we provide allows groups to flexibly get themselves started and manage their own work. This also means, that we only need to be in touch with the person or persons organizing the eWorkshop. The organizer is then an important communicator with the rest of the eWorkshop participants to share enrollment information. Please note we need participants to enroll first in our database with the information provided by the ICMEE Team. Via database enrollment, participants are given the necessary information to enroll in the eWorkshop space that has been created specifically for their group. Once eWorkshop participants are enrolled and ready to go, they will engage with the eWorkshop on Canvas.

STEP 5: Use the information from the ICMEE Team to self-enroll into both the ICMEE database and the eWorkshop on Canvas and begin to learn and collaborate!

eWorkshop participation should be flexible, meaningful and enjoyable. If there is anything the ICMEE Team can do to assist you as you take the eWorkshop, please let us know! 

How much do I have to pay?

Nothing! Not only do we currently have grant funding to keep our eWorkshops free for any group of educators that would like to use them, but we are also taking advantage of a free platform to share our work (Canvas). Therefore, our eWorkshops should remain free/low-cost after our grant funding ends.

What eWorkshops are there for me to use?

We have many eWorkshops available for current use and many more in various stages of design. Please click here to read about what is currently available.

Are eWorkshops private?

eWorkshops are set up individually for each group of educators that chooses to take them. When educators enroll in an eWorkshop, they are enrolling in a password protected space where the only other people who have access to the information posted in the eWorkshop are ICMEE staff members and the other participants in the eWorkshop.

We are conducting research on eWorkshop participation. However, participating in the research on our eWorkshops is completely voluntary. The eWorkshops are free and available to all who wish to use them without any requirements to participate in research.

We do have to meet the reporting requirements for the grant, so eWorkshop participation does involve participating in some surveys at the beginning and end of the eWorkshop. We will never share any data collected via eWorkshop participation that would make participant’s identities known to our funders or to schools, districts or any other entity, even for those who participate in our research.

How do the eWorkshops work?

Our eWorkshops follow a three-part learning cycle that is repeated across six units of study.

Part 1: Explore

In Explore, participants engage with interesting content (videos, multimedia resources, concise readings) to explore new ideas related to the topic of the eWorkshop.

Part 2: Make it Work

In Make it Work, participants are given multiple options to choose from with ideas of how to take the new learning from Explore and put it into practice. One of the options is always “You Make it Work,” where participants can create their own option or tweek the ones we have provided to ensure their work in meaningful and practical for their local context.

Part 3: Share

In Share, participants upload materials and reflections from their Make it Work efforts to discuss the opportunities, experiences, challenges, successes, etc. that they encountered.

To see how an eWorkshop works, please watch this tutorial video.

I can’t log in. What do I do?

If you have started to use an eWorkshop and are having troubles logging back in, make sure you are using the Canvas company website when you are trying to login to your eWorkshop.

If you are still having troubles logging in, please watch this tutorial video.

What do educators say about the eWorkshops?

In a survey conducted with eWorkshop participants in August 2016, 45 of the 47 respondents reported participating in 19 different eWorkshops. 70% of the respondents reported having changed their values, beliefs, opinions or expectations about teaching multilingual learners since taking an eWorkshop. Some of the changes reported include:

  • “I learned through participation in the eWorkshop how to better serve the needs of MLLs, and have been striving to incorporate new techniques into my lessons.”
  • “I realized that my MLLs needed more time to work together and be allowed to use languages other than English to share their ideas while they were learning.”

Read more about this research here.

Is an eWorkshop right for me?

The eWorkshops were designed for in-service educators across varying grade levels and varying content areas as well as specialties. Educators with master’s degrees in English as a Second Language have found value in the eWorkshops as have those who have never taken a class or participated in professional learning regarding working with multilingual students. Because our eWorkshops are flexible in terms of how educators engage with the content, they are also highly differentiated for each educator that participates to be able to take ownership over their own learning. Educators are most successful in our eWorkshops when they enjoy what they are learning and find it relevant to their immediate practice. This is most attainable when educators have substantial choice and control over their engagement and participation. Therefore, our eWorkshops are developed to provide exactly that.

If this sounds like something for you, please get in touch with us! Click here for our contact form.