Dan Bassill and the Tutormentor connection: In quest of easy to use, low-cost, socially networked webinar hosting solutions


For more information,on Dan Bassill’s creative expenditure of cognitive surplus, explore these URLs

Recording: from Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) thanks to http://learningtimes.net


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David Winet presents: How To Insert and Listen to Inserted Audio Comments in Audacity, quick and easy way


David Winet presents a tutorial on How To Insert and Listen to Inserted Audio Comments in Audacity, quick and easy way 

More about Dave Winet: http://community.eflclassroom.com/profile/DaveWinet

About this presentation:

(See accompanying video at swfcabin.com (search on InsertAudioComments)

  1. http://www.swfcabin.com/open/1327442533
  2. http://www.swfcabin.com/open/1327443204
  3. http://www.swfcabin.com/open/1327443253
  4. http://www.swfcabin.com/open/1327443291


Preamble: With a large class it is impractical to insert comments by the UCDavis method – much too time consuming. Therefore do it the following way:


  1. Recording (inserting) comments:
    1. load file to be commented upon (which students may have made using vocaroo.com for example, and sent to you as a link) into Audacity
    2. set preferences/Recording/Playthrough to “Overdub”
    3. when you want to make a comment, make it.
    4. don’t use ‘save’ but rather use ‘export multiple’. This will create several files that can later be gathered together to recreate the original. Choose the .ogg or .mp3 format to get smallish files easy to send.
  2. Listening to inserted comments:
    1. get Audacity
    2. load file with comments (see method below under “Drawbacks 3.)
    3. listen while watching the comment track.
    4. when you see a comment is coming up, MUTE the student’s voicetrack, then unmute it after you’ve heard the comment. e. alternatively, just play the comment track, muting the students’ track altogether.
  3. Student can use the same method to ask questions of the teacher by inserting them.

You can caption your files using labels:

Here are two ways to get the commented audio file back to the student, one with labels, the other without.

  1. (swf file with labels) Use Jing to screencast the Audacity file; save it,  then upload it to http://megaswf.com– Example: http://megaswf.com/serve/2146805
  2. (mp3 without labels) Export the Audacity file to mp3 (for the first time you’ll need the free LAME download) then either
    1. attach the mp3, as in the example here: Vocaroo_ShawshankWTComments.mp3
    2. upload it to online storage (for example, to Google Docs usiing their upload feature – a red button on the left side), make it available to anyone with the URL, and then send the link to the student

See example here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8hfG7VKnvfJNDRiMGZkYzktNDBjOS00YTBkLThlMDAtNmI3YzAzMmY0YWMx)

Note that Google docs is not the only free place to upload files. There are many. See http://www.audiohostings.com/for a long list.


  1. Students must be trained – and it’s not easy.
  2. Teacher must save using ‘export multiple’, then the student must use ‘import’ to get the second (teacher) file into the same instance of audacity as the student file.
  3. If two errors are close together, the second one is likely to be skipped.
  4. The volume level of one or the other track must be adjusted.


Change tempo (reduce by 25-30%) to give time for teacher to insert comments into the brief pauses the student naturally makes when speaking, and for the student on listening to click ‘mute’ and after listening to make a third track with his attempt to correct his error or ask a question.

Elluminate Recording


Also on this day:

You could start off at 10:00 GMT with this monthly IATEFL LT SIG webinar :
Implementing ICT in an Institution
with Lauren Brumfield


EVO MegaWrap-up Event for 2012

Learning2gether Episode 87

Learning2gether with EVO Final Session for 2012

Download: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/evo2012megawrapup-64k.mp3

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The annual mega EVO wrap-up event for the 2012 EVO sessions occurred  Sunday Feb 12, 2012 14:00 GMT.  Find more information on these sessions here:


Megarecording: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


Andrew Wright at IATEFL YLTSIG live online event

 Also at 14:00 GMT, according to: http://yltsigevo2012.wordpress.com/

Andrew Wright Sunday 12th February 15:00 CET/14:00 GMT

Link to Adobe Connect recording: 


BaW Graduation Party

And then, after stumbling over people gathering to attend the next session:


BaW12 had its “Graduation Party” in the LT Webheads vRoom

starting at 15:45 GMT 


These were some of the last of a series of EVO related topics each Sunday between noon and 1500 GMT. All EVO moderators were invited to join us.

Learner-centred do-it-yourself Learning Management Systems: Virtual fallout from live presentation at IATEFL ITSIG conference in Marrakech

Learning2gether Episode 86


This is the recording made at the Plenery presentation in Marrakech.
It accompanies this set of slides, http://www.slideshare.net/vances/learnercentered-doityourself-learning-management-systems-practical-aspects

Update: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – Vance Stevens gave a presentation entitled Learner-centered do-it-yourself LMS at the 6th eLearning in Action conference held at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

eLearn presentation:

Vance was tagged in this photo on Facebook:


Above image from Graham Stanley’s view of Vance Stevens live from Marakkech

Keynote speech entitled Learner-centred do-it-yourself Learning Management Systems presented on-site at the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG http://ltsig.org.uk/ conference on Opportunities, challenges and practical solutions for the integration of ICT in education in Marrakech, Morocco from 8-11 February 2012, http://ltsig.org.uk/events/13-future-events/221-marrakesh-february-2012.html;


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Gary Motteram posted on Facebook …

This evening we’ll be opening our LTSIG Conference in Marrakech. We are expecting to broadcast the opening plenary via Adobe Connect. The url is: http://connectpro10829081.adobeconnect.com/r6nnnse2kg0/. Further details of the event and presentations are available on the LTSIG website: http//ltsig.org.uk.


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Learning2gether with EVO Electronic Village Online and CO12 Connecting Online Conference

Feb 5, 2012: Learning2gether with EVO

and CO12, the 4th annual Connecting Online free conference

Sign on to the Nng and it becomes your conference, as shown in the screenshot below.  Nellie Deutsch organizes this conference.  Vance Stevens is a mere participant, enjoying the event as it coincides with our weekly Learning2gether

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Coming to grips with Toronto time: On Sunday Feb 5 the conference takes place over this 11-hour period:

Last two Sundays have been  F.U.N.

This Sunday, Vance again plans to be available to people in the Multiliteracies (or any other) EVO Session to discuss any aspect of these events and what we and especially you are trying to accomplish here. Perhaps Multiliteracies participants will come online to show us their Me-Portfolios

  • Vance will be available before noon GMT and will remain online at least until 16:00 GMT.
  • Noon GMT is when the CO12 conference starts Feb 5 (and for the next 11 hours)

Tuba Angay plans to come online at 14:00 GMT to talk about Multiliteracies

We’ll be joined by Beyza Yilmaz from Istanbul, who has co-authored an article on Webheads in Action http://webheads.info with Vance Stevens:

Yilmaz, B, and Stevens, V. (2012). Webheads in Action: A community of practice scaffolding multiliteraciesskills in teacher professional development. Writing & Pedagogy 4,1:135–146.


Gamilfication: Graham Stanley announced a live session with Rob Lewis talking about the changes to Teacher Development over the years