Learning2gether with CALL IS Webcasting from TESOL Chicago, 2018

Learning2gether Episode 389

Vance Stevens was with colleagues on the CALL-IS Webcasting Team from Tuesday, March 27 through Friday March 30 helping the team mount webcasts from the international 2018 TESOL Conference in Chicago.

I (Vance) posted two Learning2gether events from the most recent TESOL conference in Chicago in which I myself took part:

The first webcast was mounted by the presenters themselves, whereas the latter was a part of the CALL-IS schedule that was placed in convention bags for all who attended the conference, also available online at https://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php

CALL-IS announced that its webcasting team would be webcasting selected presentations from TESOL 2018 in Chicago according to the schedule here:


To do our webcasting, the CALL-IS Webcasting team used, for the second year in a row, Open Broadcasting Software. This technique was the brainchild of last year’s CALL-IS webcasting coordinator Abe Reshad, who trained the rest of us in use of the software and set up a number of YouTube channels for us.

We used three of these channels this year.

CALL IS: Technology Showcase

CALL IS: Electronic Village

CALL IS: Webcasting Team

This year the webcasting team was coordinated by Jennifer Meyer who went in the course of a little over a year from rank newbie to train herself in skills sufficient to competently lead the team at the conference this year.

We documented our learning journeys through these developments in a short history of CALL-IS webcasting over the years, and in an abbreviated report published in the CALL-IS newsletter.

In addition, I made the following presentations and blog posts last year in conjunction with developing my own understanding of this new technique:

Jennifer Meyer drives OBS while Vance Stevens monitors the stream and text chat at the Technology Fair webcasting “studio booth”picture by Juan Soto

I took on the job as sole roving reporter for the team at the conference this year. Mentored in this by James May, I used the Chameleon 3rd party app last year to make a few videos on my iPad, spontaneously shot as I moved around the Electronic Village, pointed my iPad, and pressed record. I tested the same app on Tuesday while we were setting up the room the evening before going live the following day, and uploaded this video to our Webcasting team channel:

Later James explained to me that this function was now taken over directly through YouTube/Live, so working through the YouTube app, I made the following videos from events taking place in the Electronic Village.

Roving reporter webcasts from the CALL-IS Electronic Village

These videos were streamed using Cameleon Live, https://www.cameleon.live/. When checked on Oct 8, 2018 the videos were found linked on YouTube but appearing like you see below, so I have de-linked them from here. But try, they could bounce back:



Christel Brodie surveys her audience from the podium at the Education Standard 2e, Teacher Training, Technology, Apps, and Digital Resources panel presentation. Christel’s presentation was interrupted several times by PA from a raffle being conducted elsewhere in the Exhibition Hall. In fairness, the rafflers turned down the volume when we reached them and explained the situation, but webcasting from such a space posed challenges for discerning audiophiles. – picture by Vance Stevens

Heather Benucci and Ellen Dougherty webcast Christel’s presentation, controlling the OBS Studio software and monitoring stream health, respectively. You can see how OBS allows you to queue scenes on the left side of the studio panel, where you can make manipulations and adjustments to them, while streaming what’s on the right. The queued view can be transitioned to the stream (with a variety of effects) at the press of a button between the panels. – picture by Vance Stevens

Webcasting Team output from the CALL-IS Technology Fair

As the webcasting happened over the three days of the conference, March 28-30, I updated the wiki at http://callis2018.pbworks.com with the YouTube URLs as they happened.

Here are the webcasts made by the team in the CALL Technology Fair over the course of these three days

Wednesday March 28

Webcasting team member Ellen Dougherty’s post to Facebook captured a standing room audience for the Mobile Apps for Education panel, as presenters demonstrated the calming effects of their Mindfulness app

Thursday March 29

vance_heather_webcasting_croppedWebcasting team members Heather Benucci, Vance Stevens, and James May (back to camera) project Rick Rosenberg’s presentation in the OER panel to the world at largepicture by Juan Soto

Friday March 30


Regarding the latter video, it was flagged for copyright violation by Volkswagen and taken down. If we can recover the video (do we have access to it ourselves?) we might remove the offending material and try re-uploading it.

Reactions and Reflections


Webcasts from TESOL Chicago, March 2018

The CALL-IS (computer-assisted language learning interest section) in TESOL has been webcasting informally from TESOL conferences since the turn of the century, but the initiative is almost becoming institutionalized now. Normally CALL-IS is given a presentation room at each conference to set up as it likes with webcasting equipment, but at this past conference in Chicago the webcasting was done from an area in the Exhibition Hall at the conference, openly, in other words.

Last word

James May produces the definitive CALL-IS Technology Fair view


Check out the panoramic view, very cool:

Just getting started with Video is Making it a SMALL world. Come learn more about how to use video with your students #tesol18 #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA


TESOL does not promote the existence of CALL-IS webcasts on its TESOL Inc. website. In order to find them you have to (know to) visit a wiki maintained by the webcast team in CALL-IS, http://callis2018.pbworks.com/

Whereas CALL-IS in TESOL make a valiant effort to stream a portion of the conference out to live audiences, IATEFL does a truly impressive job. And it’s officially promoted by the conference organizers and The British Council.

See the next episode in this podcast series for more information on IATEFL’s approach to sharing its conferences with the world and profession at large:

Scooped It!

Vance Stevens’s insight:
At https://learning2gether.net/2018/04/13/and-now-for-something-completely-different-iatefl-webcasting-from-2011-through-brighton-2018/, I note that TESOL, Inc. archives its conference recordings behind paywalls; whereas IATEFL freely shares its archives worldwide. However, the CALL Interest Section in TESOL has been webcasting under the radar from TESOL conferences since 2002, and at its 2018 conference, even more openly than before, from its booth in the conference Exhibition Hall. This post provides some background to this and links to video recordings of all presentions webcast from the CALL-IS Technology Fair and from the Electronic Village in the Exhibition Hall at TESOL 2018, Chicago.


3 thoughts on “Learning2gether with CALL IS Webcasting from TESOL Chicago, 2018

    • Thanks for the advice. I guess the owner of the channel has to make a request to .. to what? How can we get the video? It was recorded from the live stream, so our only copy was removed by YouTube. OBS allows you to make a copy of your stream on the computer you’re using if you set it up to do that, but I doubt that setting was invoked, or even if the computer belonged to one of us, it may have been provided by the tech team at the conference.

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