Scott Lockman fills us in on ds106

Learning2gether Episode 102

Sunday, April 29, 2012 ds106


Today, Scott Lockman describes his understanding of what ds106 is, how the system works, how to become involved, and some of his experience over the past year of teaching a computer studies class based on the ds106 model.

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Scott’s a lot of fun. Some proof:


  • On Sunday, January 15, 2012 we enjoyed a Super Sunday Streaming event with Scott leading us in a very entertaining PetchaFlickr. How entertaining?  Check it out:
  • This Sunday, Scott was at Tapped In two hours before he was due to go on, giving us plenty of time to set up the Elluminate room, but one thing led to another and we ended up at a place called Cypris Chat in Second Life <> where students come together and talk freely on interestingly abstract concepts. Here’s a screen shot of the F.U.N.

This engaged us in a round of getting our VOIP working in SL where we could hear the chat, necessitating our shutting off sound in Elluminate, and causing us to get so resource-challenged that we both had to reboot and barely made it back to Elluminate in time to get re-started there in time for …

getting back on the topic of tonight’s presentation on ds106 … 

Jim Groom and team try to help Stephen Downes and George Siemens with Change MOOC:

An Alan Levine take on Jim Groom: <>

Alan’s post points to a site illustrating DS106 inferentially: <>

Scott Lockman’s blog posts leading up to the event:

Recording: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


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Learning2gether with Electronic Village Online, and EarthBridges: Earth Day at Virtual Round Table online conference

Learning2gether Episode 101

Learning2gether, Electronic Village Online, and EarthBridges

were all part of the 5th Virtual Round Table online conference

on language learning technologies – from April 20th (Friday) to 22nd (Sunday)

Sunday, April 22, 2012 13:00 GMT – EVO and Earth Day

Virtual Round Table Livestream recordings:


Event announcements:

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The EVO part 13:00-13:50 GMT

Vance Stevens, Nellie Deutsch, Robert Squires, Susan Burg, Carla Arena, Teresa Almeida d’Eca, Heike Philp, Scott Lockman, Laine Marshall, Kalyan Chattopadhyay, and Mary! … 

Projected events include:

  1. A pecha prezi to introduce the session: (Vance)
  2. A PowerPoint on Moodle for Teachers (Nellie)
  3. A PRESTO (Mary)
  4. A special EVO game show (Robert)
  5. A pecha kucha (Heike) – woops, slipped through the cracks 😦

The Earth Day part 13:50-14:30 GMT

With Peggy George, Jose Rodriguez, and Sheila Adams, from EarthBridges:

who shared some of their experiences over the years with Earthcast and

See the 2012 Earth Day Earthcast 2012 schedule wiki:

Explore Earth Day April 19-22, 2012

Check out what other students have done for past Earth Days


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On a personal note, see how Vance has spent past Earth Days:


A year later, this appeared on Facebook …


Dan Bassill: Tutor/Mentor Institute’s four part strategy and application to problem-solving in any social sector in any country

Learning2gether: Sunday, April 15, 2012

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Dan Bassill of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC describes the four part strategy he has developed to support the growth of a mentor-based youth-development strategy and how it might be applied to problem-solving process in any social sector and in any country. Dan will also talk about how youth in high schools and colleges can take a significant role in this process and how this will enhance their own learning, problem solving and communications skills while also creating future leaders who are better prepared to solve social and environmental problems via world-wide learning and collaboration.  Dan says “While I apply this strategy to what I do to help kids in poor neighborhoods of Chicago, I feel the model applies to any problem solving effort.” You can review the 4 part strategy at

Dan talked about how he conceives channeling knowledge into action through a 4-part strategy he articulated through mindmaps and other visuals. His work has a lot in common with that of Webheads, MOOCs, and EVO (which I have argued possibly IS a MOOC) in that he taps cognitive surplus to leverage volunteer effort while trying to scale and sustain through getting the attention of (i.e. the information out to) the business community to show them how their interests coincide with those of the Tutor/Mentor Institute. 

Dan points us to

Recording (Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate):


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This session was a follow-up to Dan’s Sunday, February 26, 2012 appearance on Learning2gether, to discuss


One hour before that, some of us attended the IATEFL ITsig session on


with Carol Rainbow

When: Sunday 15 April 2012 GMT 14:00

Find the time in your time zone by clicking this link.

IATEFL ITsig meets TESOL rap-up guided by Mary Hillis and Vance Stevens

Learning2gether Episode 99

Sunday, April 8, 2012 – EASTER Sunday 

Two events: IATEFL ITSig and TESOL rap-up

IATEFL ITSig First, at 13:00 GMT

And then TESOL RAP-UP, at 14:00 GMT

Mary Hillis and Vance Stevens guide a discussion of reflections on the TESOL conference

Also, see Nina Liakos’s

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Also, these CALL-IS Recordings are forthcoming:

March 29=31 is the 2012 International TESOL convention in Philadelphia and once again the CALL-IS will be broadcasting select sessions in real time for those that can’t be there (or those that want to multitask on their laptops at the convention).

CALL-IS would love to have you participate in any or all of the webcasts. Just visit and click on the webcast that interests you. We’ll be taking questions from the online audience and there is always a lively chat during the presentation.

Post conference, links to the recorded sessions will go up and folks that couldn’t participate in real time can still benefit.

Oh, and all of this is free, courtesy of the CALL-IS interest section.

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As for the Rap-Up: Where: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) 


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Learner-centered do-it-yourself LMS: Recording from 6th eLearning in Action conference held at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

Learning2gether Episode 98

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


This presentation was added as an update to the presentation given on this topic on Feb 8 here:

In fact, the Feb 8 presentation was a rationale for the topic, whereas this latest presentation focuses more on the tools and resulting websites for putting together a DIYLMS.

IATEFL Recap Special with Elizabeth Anne

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Elizabeth Anne agreed to host a Learning2gether event at 1400 GMT on Sunday April 1 to be a discussion of reflections on the recent IATEFL conference, and IATEFL Online.

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See for one impression of the blended environment created by this conference.

Participants in Glasgow or online, and all those interested in the event, are welcome to attend.


Recording:: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)