Learning2gether with Ali Bostancioglu about his preliminary findings from research on Webheads CoP

Learning2gether Episode 248

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On Sun Nov 23 LEARNING2GETHER had the pleasure to meet with Ali Bostancioglu to learn about the preliminary findings from his research on Webheads CoP

In Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)
Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/


In this gathering, Ali reported on his initial findings from the interview data collected via questionnaire and interviews from all Webheads who opted to participate. Ali divided participants into 3 groups; lurkers, active members, and core members based on the amount of messages posted within the WiA Yahoo group. There were 11 lurkers, 9 active members, and 4 core members who participated in the interviews, and findings were discussed with regards to the perspectives of lurkers, active members, and core members.

All were invited to join and participate in the discussion of the results.  Those present included Michael Coghlan, Teresa Almeida d’Eca, Jose Antonio da Silva, Rita Zeinstejer, Sebastian from Kerala, and Halima Ozimova.

This was meant as an informal discussion of the present state of Ali’s data analysis, where Ali would entertain feedback on the direction of his study and seek clarification of some details. We hope that he will present his more definitive findings in a follow-on report later.


Ali presented a very interesting set of demographics on the Webheads CoP. There was some discussion of who exactly (or at least quantifiably) was a Webhead. For the purpose of Ali’s study, Webheads are members of either the Yahoo Group (about 1050 registered email addresses), the Facebook group (about 100), or the Webheadsinaction Google+ Community (135).  The point was made that the community likely extends to a wider network, though for Ali’s purposes, this is not quantifiable.

However, we had one participant there, Sebastian from Kerala, who mentioned in text chat that he was in the Hello Little World network. I recognized that this was the community that Maria Colussa identifies with in her Skype byline, and I asked Sebastian if he knew her. Indeed he did, and then I recalled that I have Maria in my circles as one of the Multiliteracies group, not Webheads. The point was being made through example that people like Maria and Sebastian, (and Maha Abdelmoneim another participant in online spaces such as I have a Question and in various MOOCs where Maria and I meet occasionally, and whom we invited to join us in our recent GEC presentation) might not identify themselves as Webheads but can be found actively interacting with us nevertheless in our wider networks. I reiterated something that I have often said, being a Webheads is like being a hippy, they don’t carry ID cards, but if you are one, you know another one when you meet one. This is echoed at the bottom of http://webheads.info, in a tweet by Cristina Costa:



Earlier this week

LEARNING2GETHER Sun Nov 16 Mike Marzio – Real English in blended ESOL teaching/learning



Tue Nov 18 Maria Colussa and Vance Stevens present Keeping your batteries charged and LEARNING2GETHER by connecting globally with other educators at GEC online conference


Mon Nov 17 Connected Courses webinar on co-learning and authority

From Nov 10-23: About co-learning: http://connectedcourses.net/thecourse/about-colearning/


Mon Nov 17 IHAQ #17 – What’s an extended credit hour



Wed Nov 19 Connected Courses webinar on successful co-learning models

Nov 10-23: About co-learning: http://connectedcourses.net/thecourse/about-colearning/


Nov 17-21 GEC online conference

The virtual, online, and free Global Education Conference, runs November 17th – 21st, 2014

Join the online Ning community to stay updated

See the conference strands here.



Sat Nov 22 Lisa Thumann – 20 Need-To-Know Features of GAFE

Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: http://tinyurl.com/cr20live (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)

Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.

They are joined by Lisa Thumann, Google educator extraordinaire in our upcoming show on Saturday, November 22! Lisa was one of our very first presenters when our weekly webinars began in 2009 and now she is back to continue her Google extravaganza with us for show #229! Between all of the updates to Google Apps Education Edition this summer and all the little known treasures we sometimes forget about, Lisa will take us on a quick tour through “20 Need-To-Know Features of GAFE You Should be Using Today!” https://twitter.com/lthumannLisa’s Blog

More information and session details are at http://live.classroom20.com.

Sat Nov 22 Bethany Ligon, Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Classroom 2.0 Live


Amy Loeffelholz and Wesley Fryer on Saturday morning (Nov 22nd) for a conversation with Arizona science teacher Bethany Ligon, who was featured in the November 1, 2014 Classroom 2.0 Live show, “Technology Integration in Jr. High School.”
Bethany has collected a variety of outstanding engineering design project lessons for her students, which she will discuss along with other practical ideas for engaging students in STEM learning. Please join us live if you can, but if you can’t we’ll archive the video and audio version of the show on http://STEMseeds.org

Ongoing events happening now

Throughout November -Educational Technology & Global Issues – An IATEFL LTSIG & GISIG event

An online event unlike anything you have heard before!

The IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG and Global Issues SIG are putting together an exciting month-long online event. The format will be a series of audio episodes, almost like a weekly radio show. Each episode will feature a full interview with an expert in the field of technology discussing different problematic aspects of edtech and global issues, as well as success stories of where technology is genuinely making a difference. After each episode, listeners can continue the conversation by contributing in various moderated discussions or leaving their own audio comments at our site. It promises to be an event like nothing you’ve ever heard before!

Connected Courses

What’s going on in http://connectedcourses.net/ (check the website and stay tuned here)

Nov 10-23: About co-learning: http://connectedcourses.net/thecourse/about-colearning/

Oct 20 to Dec 15 George Siemens MOOC on Data, Analytics and Learning



Fri Oct 24-Dec 21 – Build Your Teaching Business Online: free MOOC from Jason Levine and Sylvia Guinan


Schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/114_-pZjCooPIGuIQNC7KR7kc2N9s0pYNX80NpqEbwYg/edit

or: http://bit.ly/1zg3EtH

November 17-23: Learning to use the virtual classroom

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