Dafne Gonzalez, Teresa Almeida d’Eca, Vance Stevens – Perspectives on eLearning and PPOT, the TESOL Principles and Practices of Online Teaching program

October 31, 2010 

Announcement:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/message/26821  


Dafne Gozalez, Teresa Almeida d’Eca, and Vance Stevens discuss approaches to teaching in the TESOL PPOT online program 


Claire Bradin Siskin – The ESL-WOW Writing Project

October 24, 2010  

Announcement:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/message/26778  


Claire Bradin Siskin describes the ESL Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW) Project, which she directs. ESL-WOW, currently under development, will be a website designed to guide non-native speakers of English through each stage of the pre-writing, while-writing, and post-writing processes. Once the materials have been created, ESL-WOW will be available to all individuals and educational institutions across the country. Siskin outlines the development process, and seeks feedback and suggestions from her fellow Webheads.




Deborah Pincon – Interview with Vance Stevens

October 17, 2010  

Announcement:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/message/26742  

Overview: Deborah Pincon is in the Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and is conducting a qualitative analysis of the types of support Webhead members provide to one another in the context of mediated (virtual) communication and small groups. To begin the study, she interviews Vance Stevens to get a feel for the overall goals and history of the Webheads. This will be followed by content analyses of  some postings to the Webheads YahooGroup and interactions at virtual conferences, and interviews of other Webheads members, after which she will submit her research for publication.

Debby has graciously consented to allow the initial interview to take place as one of our regularly scheduled Sunday teacher professional events, and to welcome everyone to attend.  There is more information about Webheads at http://webheads.info

Elluminate recording:

Geekspeek podcast:

Sedat Akayoglu presents his Research in Second Life

October 10, 2010 

Announcement:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/message/26724  


Sedat Akayoglu presents his research in Second Life, a study on the functions of social presence observed in a course carried out in Second Life (SL) and entitled Advanced Reading and Writing offered at Middle East Technical University Department of Foreign Language Education. In the first part of the presentation, the content of the course and how the tasks were carried out in SL will be described. After that, the data collection and data analysis procedure will be told with statistical data. This study might help educators, researchers and teachers to better understand SL environment in terms of the aforementioned social presence functions.



Teresa Almeida d’Eca, Dafne Gonzalez, Carla Arena, Michael Coghlan, Erika Cruvinel, Vance Stevens, Jennifer Verschoor, Patrick Murphy – Virtual Round Table 3 panel discussion of teacher training face-to-face, online, and in virtual worlds

Learning2gether Episode 8

October 8, 2010 

Announcement: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/message/26716   


Panelists included:

  • Teresa Almeida d’Eca, Portugal
  • Dafne Gonzalez, Venezuela
  • Carla Arena, Brazil
  • Michael Coghlan, e-Learning Consultant and Trainer, Australia
  • Erika Cruvinel, Brazil
  • Vance Stevens, Petroleum Institute, UAE
  • Jennifer Verschoor, Argentina
  • Patrick Murphy, Qatar

Vance Stevens, Jennifer Verschoor, Michael Coghlan, Carla Arena, and Erika Cruvinel recently met physically in Argentina and Brazil for a series of face-to-face conference presentations and teacher-training workshops.

Vance Stevens, Dafne Gonzales, and Teresa Almeida d’Eca have just concluded online teacher training events for TESOL in the Principles and Practices of Online Teaching program.
All panelists are innovative educators with long experience in both face-to-face and online teacher training, and long-time active participants in the web-based community of practice and social network, Webheads in Action http://webheads.info

They meet at this event to discuss their involvement with teacher training face-to-face, online, and in virtual worlds.  They will focus all of these modalities towards a greater understanding of what teachers need to know and practice in this digital age of greater connectivity with its many affordances and potentials for all kinds of learning.

Recording in Adobe: http://lancelot.emea.acrobat.com/p66604305/ (1:28min) 

All VRT3 recordings:  http://tinyurl.com/VRT10Notes-Recordings 

Carla Arena, Erika Cruvinel – Use of MOODLE and Web 2.0 tools in EFL e-learning courses

Learning2gether Episode 7

October 3, 2010 

Announcement:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/message/26672 


Carla Arena, Claudio Fleury, Erika Cruvinel and Ronaldo Júnior are a group of educators at Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia. They will be sharing a bit of their experience of mixing the use of MOODLE and Web 2.0 tools in the EFL e-learning courses they devised and teach, of which this is one example: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume14/ej54/ej54int/.  Please have a look at this article and come talk with the Brazilian Webheads about how they integrate Web 2.0 and multiliteracies into their teaching.

Reflections: http://buxiban.blogspot.com/2010/10/use-of-moodle-and-web-20-tools-in-efl-e.html  

Recording in Adobe: http://connect.pi.ac.ae/p55432632/