Learning2gether about details of Ali Bostancioglu’s research into Webheads in Action

Learning2gether Episode 302

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On Sunday November 22 Ali Bostancioglu returned as promised to report to us on the full details of his study of Webheads in Action, for which he is soon to be awarded his PdD. As many of you know, Ali interviewed a number of Webheads in the data-collection phase of his study, but was unable at the time to divulge his hypothesis nor the true purpose of the questions in the interviews. In this session, Ali revealed how the study was designed to support his hypotheses.

This event took place in Hangout on Air. As usual with L2g Hangouts, participants could join us in the HoA at the link provided just prior to the event, or follow the stream at its YouTube link and interact with people in the HoA in our Chatwing text chat space.

Where: Google Hangout on Air


Here is Ali’s abstract for his case study:
English as a foreign language teachers’ technology professional development through online communities of practice

An online community of practice (OCoP) is a group of people, who are brought together by a shared interest and with the aim of deepening their understanding of an area of knowledge through regular interactions facilitated by computer mediated communication (CMC) tools.

In response to critiques of current professional development (PD) approaches such as workshops and cascade training which are conducted in short periods of time allowing for only limited follow up and feedback opportunities, OCoPs can be beneficial and a viable alternative for teacher PD. This is because an OCoP potentially provides teachers with those elements of effective PD, cited in the literature, such as collaboration, opportunities for mentoring, and sustainability over time.

However, research on adopting an OCoP approach for teacher PD has been limited. Therefore, conducted within the context of English as a foreign language (EFL) teaching, the present study aimed to 1) investigate EFL teachers’ PD in learning how to integrate technology in their teaching and 2) identify what factors contribute towards creating successful OCoPs.

The Webheads in Action (WiA) community has been chosen as a case for this study since WiA has previously been established to be an OCoP in which EFL teachers from different countries participate. A mixed methods research strategy was adopted which combined questionnaires and interviews. Initially, the questionnaire was administered to 69 members of the community. 24 of those members (4 core, 9 active, and 11 peripheral) participated in follow up interviews. Additionally, members’ interactions in the public group page were collated over a period of nine months in order to triangulate findings.

The results suggested that member participation in the community led to perceived technology professional development (TPD) of EFL teachers and that the more a member participated and collaborated with other members, the higher their reported TPD was; a finding which underlined the importance of co-construction of knowledge in this process.

Two major themes emerged in relation to factors affecting member participation in this long standing OCoP. The first one was identified as dynamism inherent in the community which manifested itself as new topics that kept members interested and participating, a flow of continuous member recruitment to the community and leaders who responded to community needs when necessary. The second was the creation of a sense of belonging to the community which was achieved through various means such as having an initiation process, providing an inclusive community environment, fostering trust through community norms, and meeting other members face-to-face.

In conclusion, this study showed that OCoPs can be a viable alternative form of teacher PD and highlighted the importance of not only the professional but also the socio-affective dimension for designing and sustaining OCoPs.

Ali has met with us twice before to discuss his research



Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 300 Sun Nov 15 1400 UTC Bron Stuckey and Vance Stevens with Marijana and Filip Smolčec on EVO Minecraft MOOC at SLanguages


Learning2gether episode 301 – Tue Nov 17 1400 UTC Vance Stevens explains cMOOCs and xMOOCs to EVO moderators training via GEC online conference



Sat Nov 21 Classroom 2.0 with Katie Ann Wilson on Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Date: Sat., November 21, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (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.If you’ve been curious about augmented reality, what it is and how it can be used to engage learners in your classroom, this is the webinar for you! We are so excited to have Katie Ann Wilson on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as our Featured Teacher for the month of November sharing her experience and passion about augmented reality in the classroom! This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the amazing ways Katie Ann is effectively integrating augmented reality in her teaching! We’ll get a chance to play and learn how she creates “triggers” and some of the best tools for creating AR experience along with some of the AR ideas and projects she has created for her students.Katie Ann is presenter and trainer with a passion for educational technology. Her 1st day in her career in education was her son’s 1st day of kindergarten which was over 13 years ago. Throughout her career she has presented at several regional, national, and international conferences. She founded the Augmented Reality for Educators Google+ group as well as the Twitter chat #AR4Learning. She has reached over 100,000+ educators and students with her blog The Diary of the Techie Chick. Feel free to join her growing social media outreach either through her Facebook page or through Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.More information and session details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pmEastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live. All webinars are closed captioned.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Open Mic: Productivity Tools for Teachers” session with our facilitator Paula Naugle. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors: The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate!Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network


These two events on Sun Nov 22 at Moodle MOOC 7

Mbarek Akaddar – What do you know about Trello?

Trello is a powerful management tool with a lot of useful features! You may decide  to use it as a platform to manage your session when you discover it! If you want to learn more about Trello, please join Mbarek Akaddar in a Moodle MOOC Session Sunday at 14:00 GMT at WizIQ

WizIQ Link: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3187868-mm7-introducing-trello-with-mbarek-akaddar

You can view this presentation on YouTube here:


Marijana Smolcec at MM7 – Socrative and Kahoot

WizIQ Link: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3240689-mm7-kahoot-and-secretive-as-online-tools-for-testing-with-marijana-smol%C4%8Dec

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