Vance Stevens presents Learning2gether webcasting from 4 events at TESOL 2019 Atlanta

Learning2gether Episode #404

Learning2gether, me, Vance Stevens, spent March 12 through 15 in Atlanta at the 2019 TESOL conference being held there.

As has been the case for the past several years, institutional funding being consistently refused, I have lately been paying my own way to TESOL conferences, as well as to most others I attend. As of last summer, I’ve no longer had an institution to apply to, but I was never concerned in any event, as going to conferences each year is one of my strongest connections to my profession, a chance to hook up and network with valued colleagues, and a passion I cannot resist.

This year I participated in 4 events at the recent TESOL conference in Atlanta. Having presentations accepted and being of service to the CALL Interest Section and its activities taking place at the Electronic Village, are two main draws; being involved in webcasting at the Technology Showcase is one of those services.  Connecting with old (and gracefully aging) friends is another.

Apparently my friends appreciate my efforts; as Christel Brody posted: 


I hope that this post might go some way to explain why I take the time and expense to be at the annual TESOL conference whenever I can make it there.

At this conference, I was involved as a speaker and animateur of 4 events, but the one that I specifically announced in advance as Learning2gether episode #404 took place on Friday, March 15, at the Electronic Village.  


Fri Mar 15 1430-1520 – Vance Stevens presents Learning2gether Episode 404 in the EV Classics Fair at TESOL Atlanta

EV classics are presentations of ongoing projects that have been well received in the Electronic Village at previous TESOL conferences. I was invited to present on Learning2gether in the 2019 EV Fair Classics in the Electronic Village in Atlanta, Georgia.

These presentations are done in two sittings over the course of a 50 minute session. The presenters sit at numbered computers and participants use their programs to select the presentations they’d like to observe, or they just mill about and drop in on anything that looks interesting to them. After the first 25 minutes a buzzer sounds and everyone is exhorted to “rotate”, meaning move on to another session. The conference wifi was weak and my Zoom disconnected toward the end of the first rotation. In order to prevent a repeat of that I ran the second rotation on my more robust T-Mobile Metro mobile hotspot. This resulted in two separate recordings for the two 25-minute segments.

Recording 1,

And recording 2,

Here was the announcement as it appeared in the program,

PC 3 Learning2gether to model collaborative learning for teachers to use with students
Learning2Gether is a wiki and podcast where teachers have organized over 400 free online professional development seminars since 2010. Those present f2f in the EV can interact with online participants in a live Learning2gether episode where they can learn how Learning2Gether came about and sustains itself, and how it expands participants’ personal learning networks and models peer-to-peer informal lifelong learning. Workshop participants are encouraged to join such networks or create their own.
Vance Stevens, Learning2gether, Malaysia (

And here is my handout with QR code:

Here were the announcements I sent out to my online communities of practice

Facebook Groups

Google+ Communities (scheduled to disappear in April, sadly)

Too much covfefe: I think I meant to tweet “in 20 minutes”

Here’s Greg Kessler’s TESOL 2019 Electronic Village Overview

Here are some other sessions I was involved in at the conference

Wed Mar 13 1700-1845 UTC  – CALL-IS Academic Session on SMALL: Research, Practice, Impact of Social Media-Assisted Language Learning

The writeup that was here has been moved to


Best of EVO

This writeup has been moved to

Earlier events

Thu Mar 7 0800 UTC Learning2gether 403 with Vance Stevens on Supporting student writing with the help of voice-to-text

Wed Mar 13 noon PT – Library 2.019 mini-conference on Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design

The first Library 2.019 mini-conference: “Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design,” was held online (and for free) on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This is a conference for librarians, instructional designers and educators to share their work and challenges, as well as for those who believe in the value of integrating instructional design into their practice to help them innovate and evolve library services for the future.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.

If you registered (or can still register), you can view the recording

The event recordings are now on Library 2.0. You need to be registered (free) and logged into the Library 2.0 network to view them. The link to the recordings page is at the top of the front page, and also in the side and top menus.

Instructional Designers, technologists, and online learning specialists are in high demand across all levels of education as it shifts online. In 2004, the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community was established to promote the adoption of instructional design and technology as a vital skill set for librarians seeking to more deeply integrate their teaching and learning initiatives into the curriculum and community. Since then, instructional design and dedicated staff positions to support it, have become more commonplace in and critical to libraries, particularly at colleges and universities, but they are by no means ubiquitous.

This edition of Library 2.019 will bring together the community of librarians, instructional designers and other educators whose work happens at the intersection of instructional design, educational technology, learning, and libraries. This is also a conference for those wanting to learn more about how instructional designers are advancing the educational mission of their libraries and institutions, how the latest innovations in educational technology are being applied in libraries and classrooms, and what we can expect as instructional design and technology transitions from a peripheral to core function within libraries. While the future of libraries may be uncertain and unpredictable, this is an opportunity to explore how library professionals and their colleagues can shape it through the application of instructional design and technology.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2019 and #libraryid on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

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