Learning2gether with GLoCALL 2014, Ahmedabad, India

Learning2gether Episode 238 (Oct 9) and Episode 239 (Oct 10)

Vance Stevens participated in the GLoCALL conference in Ahmedabad, India as an invited speaker of the GLoCALL conference taking place there Oct 9 through 11th. Some events on the schedule were webcast.

Download mp3:

LEARNING2GETHER Sat Oct 11 Plenary Session #4: Vance Stevens

Chaos and Learning: What we learn from MOOCs about Professional Development and Flipping Classrooms 

Abstract from Program:
The first MOOC was conceived in 2008 as a model of connectivist learning theory. Its proponents George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and Dave Cormier almost inadvertently seeded a revolution in re-thinking how we conceive learning in a highly networked digital age. Since then, MOOCs have tended to fall between two extremes which have come to be known as cMOOCs and xMOOCs. These are differentiated in part in the way they approach their subject matter; i.e. the degree to which they expose participants to the chaos they are likely to encounter in the real world, and the degree to which they engage learners in resolving that chaos. This talk examines what MOOCs can teach us about the role of chaos in our own learning, and suggests how we can apply MOOC models to our contexts of facilitating our students’ learning, and in learning from one another in our ongoing professional development.


What happened on the day …

The presentation followed a lunch break so there was plenty of time to set up the session and even to warm up the audience with some “pre-plenary” slides where they could shoot QR codes for the slides and blog of the presentation coming up, and take a poll on http://pollev.com/vancestevens602 where they could answer two questions about their prior knowledge of MOOCs. Kallol and Kalyan, the WizIQ technicians had brought up the live stream and were ready to record when it was decided that before I began, everyone in the auditorium should get up and pose for a group photo. This would delay us but otherwise seemed harmless, except that as we acquiesced, they decided to put everyone on stage and made to transform the setup we had prepared. They brought chairs on stage and to make room for them disconnected the projector and moved the podium aside which I had positioned just so, but worse, in moving wires around, they disconnected the live stream. The entire process took 20 minutes and after lining up everyone on stage and taking several photos, they put it all back together and I was asked to start, but the live stream was not quite ready at the beginning. So, though we had appeared to be on track as planned, I hope this explains the delayed start for our online participants, and the lack of introduction of speaker and smooth start to the recording.





Thu Oct 9 0715 GMT at GloCALL Ahmedabad: Vance Stevens live-streamed workshop on Hangout on Air

Originally scheduled Oct 9 from 14:30 to 16:30 in Ahmedabad (but changed on the day to 11:15 to 12:15 local time), Vance Stevens gave a workshop on setting up Google Hangouts so that numerous participants can tune in to the stream, using the technique pioneered and mentored to us by Jeff Lebow, and familiar to participants in Learning2gether hangouts on air. The event has:

What happened on the day …

The Hangout did not function properly from the conference site due to poor bandwidth. At first, I was able to launch the HoA and enter it from the conference. The participants and I saw Robert and Maha enter. Maha wrote in the text chat that she could hear us, and later she entered the URL for http://connectedcourses.net/ (she said that one of her assignments for today was to introduce the course to another person, which was what she was showing Robert – I’ll introduce the course in my plenary :-). Apart from that, it appeared to those in the conference and me that we were recording ourselves, as we could see our video, but that the others were unable to join us. In fact, it was we who  were unable to join the recording of the HoA we had started. In the recording we eventually harvested, Robert was there by himself for some time and then Maha joined him, and they carried on a 9 minute conversation until the call terminated (not sure why, I think we continued for some time after the HoA terminated, though eventually I ended the call by hanging up).  But Robert and Maha continued off air; Robert wrote me: “We had a rather productive conversation: I told her about some second language teaching methods and she introduced me to virtual worlds, specifically, Second Life, which I’ll check out when time allows.”

I captured the screen shot with the video thumbnail from the Google+ event page right afterwards, but then I deleted the video from my YouTube channel because of the dead time while Robert was waiting for us. But I played it first and made an mp3 of the conversation he and Maha had.

Download mp3 https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/robert-maha9oct2014glocall.mp3

 This happened before we started the Hangout

On-site participants  were shown under the hood so to speak for the first hour the event, and taken through the steps of setting one up and announcing it. Bandwidth precluded having on-site participants coming into the hangout to do sound checks, attenuate echo, and learn a little about Hangout netiquette, but we ended by going live with the stream though we were unable to talk with the guests we had invited from around the globe.

The following information on the workshop is here: http://glocall.org/course/view.php?id=81&topic=0#section-

Connecting Live Online with our Personal Learning Networks

by Vance Stevens

This 2-hour workshop will introduce the concept and importance of Personal Learning Networks and suggest ways that educators can engage in almost unlimited opportunities for professional development online. One such possibility is participation in weekly Learning2gether events (L2g) coordinated by the presenter. This workshop introduces two tools used frequently in L2g and shows participants how they can use them in their professional development. The first of these is Blackboard Collaborate (available on grant to L2g participants) and the second is Google+ Hangouts. The workshop will walk participants through the process of setting up and conducting events using each tool. Topics include using social media to advertise your events, how to moderate sessions using each tool, and how to archive them. Participants will learn how to stream Hangouts so that they can be attended by many more than the ten allowed in the Hangout itself at any one time.

With long-time online and face-to-face collaborator and colleague Claire Bradin Siskin after her workshop Oct 9


Other GloCALL Conference in Ahmedabad: Plenaries streamed on WizIQ

The plenaries listed at the schedule here http://glocall.org/mod/page/view.php?id=247 are being streamed live from the conference via WizIQ on Oct 10 and 11

You may have to enroll in the Course http://www.wiziq.com/course/78873-glocall-2014-comference to view the following recordings:


Oct 10 Plenary Dr. M.M. Plant

Oct 10 Plenary Dr. Thomas Robb

Oct 11 Plenary Claire Siskin

Oct 11 Final Colloquium


Earlier this week

Sun Sep 28 – Learning2gether with ELT Live#5 – Professional Development Online and off


Thu Oct 2 Hangout on National Geographic and iEARN Global Collaborative Projects

National Geographic’s Geo-Educator Community originally shared:

Join us to learn how you can connect your students with students around the world through #global collaborative projects. In this interactive hangout, staff from iEARN and PenPal Schools will share tips for getting started. You’ll also hear accounts from #teachers about how they’ve used global collaborative projects with their students. RSVP on this page to receive a reminder.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Find out more atwww.iearn.org.

PenPal Schools connects over 30,000 students from around the world to discover new cultures, learn about global issues, and practice foreign languages through 1-1 PenPal Exchanges. Their online app and curriculum include educational videos, texts, and discussion questions that make exchanges interesting for students and easy for teachers. Find out more at www.penpalschools.com.

This event is taking place during Connected Educator Month #CE14 . For more information and other events, visit: connectededucators.org.

Fri Oct 3 IATEFL YLTSIG Webinar with Jamie Keddie – Video cameras in and out of the classroom

In this webinar with Jamie Keddie, we will share ideas about how to use video-recording devices to give extra depth and meaning to the activities, tasks and projects that our students do.

Where?  https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/_a875541554/yltsigwebinars/

You can find out more about Jamie’s interesting work and on-going projects here:

Learning2gether Sun Oct 5 IATEFL YLT-SIG Webinar: Marisa Constantinides discusses The Importance of Play in the Young Learners’ Classroom

I like what  Nellie Deutsch says in her invitation to “teachers from around the globe. Join IATEFL YLTSIG free bi-monthly webinars automatically. Receive reminders of the live online events and watch the recordings as many times as you wish. You’ll have an opportunity to learn by engaging with the presenters, the content material of the webinars, and with other educators from around the globe.

Tue Oct 7 on EdWeb.net Ten Educators For New Teachers to Follow on Twitter


Ten Educators For New Teachers to Follow on Twitter
Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO

In the “Olden Days” of education, novice teachers had limited options when looking for assistance with classroom management, lesson planning, and other challenges faced during their first years in the classroom.  With the advent of social media, hundreds of experts are available to help at the click of a mouse!  Join middle school administrator Shannon Holden as he introduces the best sources for teaching tips on Twitter.

Tue Oct 7 Library 2.0 – Connected Librarian Day

This year, as a Library 2.014 pre-conference event for K-12 and Teacher Librarians (and anyone else who wants to join!), we’re holding Connected Librarian Day on Tuesday, October 7th.

This is an open, online, and free event sponsored by Follett and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers.


Tuesday, October 7th 2014

1pm – 7pm PDT / 4pm – 10pm EDT

This year, as a Library 2.014 pre-conference event for K-12 and Teacher Librarians (and anyone else who wants to join!), we’re holding Connected Librarian Day on Tuesday, October 7th.

This is an open, online, and free event sponsored by Follett and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers.

Wed-Thu Oct 8-9 Library 2.0 annual online conference

The fourth annual global conversation about the future of libraries is scheduled for October 8-9, 2014. The conference will once again be held entirely online around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide.  More information, http://www.library20.com/2014

Click here to go to the YouTube channel for past keynotes, or here for all recorded sessions.

Click here for conference strands

Moodle MOOC 5: Teaching with Technology and Moodle Training Courses


Class Presenter: Dr. Nellie Deutsch
Class Title: MM5: Opening Ceremony and Syllabus of the MOOC.
Class Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Class Time: 15:00 GMT
Click here to access the opening ceremony recording, and to find links to upcoming events.

Wed Oct 8 1000 GMT – MM5: Design Principles for Teaching Computer Programming

MM5: Design Principles for Teaching Computer Programming <– Direct class link

Presented by:Jacqui Chetty

By: Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning

Thu Oct 10 1600 GMT – MM5: PD through Twitter chats

MM5: PD through Twitter Chats

Presented by:Stephan Hughes

By: Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning

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