A spontaneous discussion on Getting error correction right: an iTDi MonthlyRoundup on FB Live

Learning2gether Episode 431


I was first alerted to this event when Philip Shigeo Brown posted this reminder on Facebook just the day before:

International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi) MonthlyRoundup (FB LIVE) with Philip Shigeo Brown & Steven Herder: Fri Nov 29, 1200-1300 GMT:

The graphic was interesting ūüôā so I decided to drop in. I had intended only to see how this event worked. I hadn’t had enough notice to make it a Learning2gether episode in its own right, and I didn’t know I would be called on to participate. When I arrived, Steve was explaining how he had prevailed on the powers-that-be at the most recent 2019 JALT conference to stream their most recent plenaries and put the recordings on open access:


JALT 2019 plenaries streamed and recorded:

At first I was only listening to Phil and Steve on my PC talking in Zoom while broadcasting that through Facebook, so I got the event up on my iPad and took it into the kitchen to do the dishes. But when I heard them talking about my interview with them the previous week, I dried my hands and made a screen shot. You see? I was starting to get engaged.


And then when Steve invited anyone listening in Facebook to come into the Zoom room and join the conversation, Andy Boon and I obliged, joined later by Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto.

Also in the listening audience were Doris Molero, a long-time collaborator in Webheads in Action, whom I last saw at WorldCALL 2018 in Concepción, Chile, and Barbi Bujtás a one-time co-moderator of EVO Minecraft MOOC (these networks are constantly colliding :-).


And here is what it all looked like:


Some Links that came up during the discussion

More screen shots



Earlier events

Thu Nov 21 noon UTC – Steve Herder and Philip Shigeo Brown on iTDi and the challenge of commercial viability vs social community needs


Steve Herder and Philip Shigeo Brown on iTDi and the challenge of commercial viability vs social community needs

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Learning2gether episode 430

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On Thursday. November 21, Steve Herder and Philip Shigeo Brown talked to Vance Stevens about iTDi and the challenge of commercial viability vs social community needs

Vance Stevens, founder of Learning2gether, talked with iTDi Director and Cofounder, Steven Herder, together with TESOL Certificate Course Director, Philip Shigeo Brown about iTDi, how it came about: when it began to be planned in 2010, then launched in 2012, and why, what it does, where it’s going, and how it serves the field of language learning.

In particular, how does iTDi balance the needs of the #iTDiCommunity with the need to remain commercially viable? In the context of that challenge, what kind of teacher development opportunities are offered and should be offered in the future?

Where? in Zoom

Suggested gist of the conversation

Learning2gether promotes efforts that share knowledge in a free and open manner (share-alike in creative commons terms). As founder and coordinator of L2g, Vance is both interested in and impressed by the aspects of iTDi that do that. Whereas L2g does not promote commercial interests, I have no qualms whatsoever about spotlighting the altruistic work of for-profit entities that help to spread knowledge in our wider communities.

I gather from talking with Steven and Phil in the past that they seem to embrace that mindset while at the same time they and others at iTDi are seeking a fair return on the parts of their work where their professionalism shows devotion of time, expertise, and investment.

Achieving a return on investment is only right and fair, but I’d like to discuss how iTDi straddles the challenge of providing a service to the field while at the same time being compensated for it, and recruiting others to their team in return for their just compensation as well.¬†In discussing these issues, I hope to find out more about how iTDi manages these challenges, and of course where they see it going.¬†– Vance

These questions were alluded to during the conversation

Regarding this balance of service to the community vis a vis iTDi’s right to support itself and its investors (of time, money,expertise) I believe these questions were touched on in the discussion.
  • The iTDi website says that attendees are welcome to attend the Teachers Room sessions for a particular amount of time.before they are expected to subscribe. For this reason, I don’t announce them on L2g. When I have been there it seems you have welcomed participants. How does that work in practice?
  • We talked about JALT and IATEFL streaming sessions, in other words providing free content while making money elsewhere on the paid event (presumably). Does iTDi have a parallel model?
  • What can people do or participate in for free as community members vs what they must pay for, given of course that the paid areas would be ones where they could gain certification perhaps? Do you know W3 Schools? All their materials are free (choose from dozens of programming languages and help yourself) but if you want to be certified, you pay for that. (In the conversation, we found that iTDi had experimented with something similar).
  • What does iTDI do to develop their community. What benefits are there to community participation? How would users increase those benefits by upgading to paid services?
  • I presume you are teachers like me with a passion for sharing and contributing to the field, but are hoping to monetize the process to some extent for yourselves and others for reasons similar to why people don’t write books for free? What makes this tick?

All of these issues were touched on in the recorded materials. Have a listen!

Announcements made on these Facebook Groups


Philip Shigeo Brown followed up with this post to Facebook

MASH Collaboration is with Philip Shigeo Brown and 8 others.
August 2, 2010

Gotta stop playing and get the grading done. Plenty of time to play with friends and colleagues in September at Equinox 2010


Philip Shigeo Brown¬†Blast from the past …¬†Steven Herder¬†and I were just talking about Equinox 2010 in an interview last night with¬†Vance Stevens¬†for¬†Learning2gether, and fondly reminiscing how much we enjoyed it!

Thanks again for making it such an awesome series of conferences!

Earlier events


Wed Nov 20 0900 UTC Hanaa Khamis and Vance Stevens at GEC –¬†Participatory culture of CPD through self-sustaining PLNs


Wed Nov 20 Credly presents Focus on Skills to Create the Perfect Workforce


Learning2gether slept through this one, but anyone can fill out this form to get a recording


Highlighting the participatory culture of continuous professional development through self-sustaining PLNs at GEC 2019

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Learning2gether episode 429

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On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Hanaa Khamis and Vance Stevens presented online in Blackboard Collaborate at the annual Global Education Conference, (GEC). The title of the session was

Highlighting the participatory culture of continuous professional development through self-sustaining professional learning networks

RECORDING LINK: https://sas.elluminate.com/dr.jnlp?sid=2008350&suid=D.F1CB7141EFCC2B91B502CE06353FF2
This links to the Bb Collaborate recording, and also allows you to freely stream or download the .mp3 and .mp4 renditions of the Bb Collaborate recording.



Vance’s write-up of the presentation rehearsal

Link to our GlobalEdCon Session Proposal


  • Hanaa Khamis, NileTESOL PD Committee Chair and Learning Technologies Special Interest Group (LTSIG) Co-coordinator
    The American University in Cairo/School of Continuing Education (SCE/AUC)
  • Vance Stevens, coordinator of EVO (Electronic Village Online) and founder/coordinator of Learning2gether.net; Twitter (@name):¬†@vances

Short Session Description: 

This session aims at highlighting the benefits of experiencing participatory cultures in continuous professional development (CPD) among ELT practitioners by raising their awareness of the potentials inherent in working through personal learning networks (PLNs).

  • Target Audience:¬†ELT educators, program leaders, teacher trainers
  • Session Strands (‚Äútags‚ÄĚ):¬†2019Leadership, 2019SDGs, 2019Teachers

Full Session Description:

In this session, the presenters will share their experiences in creating several communities of practice which have crossed paths online and face to face. These communities have aimed to spread the culture of continuous professional development (CPD) among novice and more experienced ELT practitioners locally and globally.

ELT practitioners can miss out on CPD for all sorts of reasons. One assumption is why does one need training when one has received recognized certification in teaching? Another is, with all the burdens of teaching, why overload oneself with extra hours of needless CPD? A third is that it is such a luxury to consider training with the low pay teachers get. A fourth is how can one connect with those who provide free training opportunities?

The presenters have identified these and other issues that prevent ELT practitioners from benefiting from numerous training opportunities of which they are oftentimes not aware. As part of their passion, the presenters spend time and make relentless efforts to reach out and help practitioners join networks of various shapes and forms.

Professional development in TESOL is not a one-time event in the career of ELT practitioners. As much as we ask our learners to be lifelong learners, the least we can do is be role models. CPD is a culture of its own requiring dedicated and passionate teachers. It is a reciprocal process of give-and-take; one time you are a participant, another time a trainer, and the cycle goes on.

Participants in this session will recognize the fundamentals of maintaining a CPD participatory culture. They will identify various ways to collaborate and create within the framework of personal learning networks (PLNs). Finally, they will suggest CPD principles appropriate for their contexts.

Other Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: 

Presenter Bios:

  • Vance Stevens lives in Penang, Malaysia.¬†He has produced (up to now) 429 episodes since 2010 of Learning2gether.net.¬†His over 150 publications, many available at¬†http://vancestevens.com/papers/, deal with students using computers to learn languages and teachers learning to teach using technology by engaging in communities of practice and in participatory cultures.¬†His accomplishments earned him the 2019 CALL Research Conference Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Hanaa Khamis is an instructional technologist at the American University in Cairo (AUC).¬†She is also an English language instructor and teacher trainer in the School of Continuing Education at AUC.¬†Her research interests include cross-cultural communication, communities of practice, instructional technology, network-based language teaching, language acquisition, and pragmatics.

Announcements were made on these Facebook Groups


Hanaa M. Khamis‎ NileTESOL Official Learning Technologies (LTSIG) at one point posted on Facebook: 

You’re cordially invited to our virtual webinar in the Global Education Conference 2019 (#globaled19). Wednesday, November 20, 2019. 9:00 AM (UTC), 11.00 AM Cairo Time.
#NileTESOL #PD_Committee #LTSIG #Learning2gether #CPD Vance Stevens Hanaa M. Khamis


Bb Collaborate text chat logs

Vance joined the Main Room. ( 3:34 PM ) –
Sue tasteach56 – 3:35 PM –¬†hi Vance you are in very early
I have no microphone but can answer in chat area
do you need help setting up?
– Hanaa Khamis joined the Main Room. ( 4:15 PM ) –
Sue tasteach56 –¬†4:16 PM –¬†you are now a moderator Hanaa
Hanaa Khamis Р4:16 PM Hi Sue, Hi Vance
Sue tasteach56 –¬†4:20 PM –¬†your sound is very low Hanaa
– giuseppe.fortunati joined the Main Room. ( 4:22 PM ) –
– giuseppe.fortunati left the Main Room. ( 4:22 PM ) –
Sue tasteach56 #2 –¬†4:31 PM –¬†sorry my connection went down and have had to reload everything again
Sue tasteach56 #2 –¬†4:38 PM –¬†I still can’t hear Hanaa
Hanaa, above where vance’s picture is click on the microphone with the setting gear
Vance Stevens –¬†4:42 PM –¬†https://www.screencast.com/t/fK3btCjRwRN
Sue tasteach56 #2 –¬†4:43 PM –¬†Hanaa, have you done the audio wizard here yet
Tools> Audio> Audio setup wizard, that should improve your audio
If Hanaa can normally chat on her computer then she probably only needs to do the AUdio Wizard
Hanaa can you try talking now?
4:51 PM
– Hanaa Khamis #2 left the Main Room. ( 4:53 PM ) –
– Hanaa Khamis #2 joined the Main Room. ( 4:53 PM ) –
Sue tasteach56 #2 –¬†4:54 PM – it is up to you
most people finish by quaRTER TO
I am in Australia
– Rachel joined the Main Room. ( 4:57 PM ) –
Sue tasteach56 #2 –¬†4:57 PM –¬†hello Hanaa that sounds better
yes you are both talking well
Vance Stevens –¬†4:58 PM –¬†I hear yu, can you hear me?
Hanaa Khamis #2 –¬†4:58 PM –¬†Yes,¬†can u hear me?
4:58 PM –¬†Vance Stevens – yes
Sue tasteach56 #2 –¬†4:58 PM –¬†better to have just one microphone on at a time
so when it is your turn to talk open the mic
Vance Stevens
– Jake joined the Main Room. ( 5:00 PM ) –
– Hanaa Khamis joined the Main Room. ( 5:00 PM ) –
Jake –¬†5:01 PM –¬†From the UAE
Hanaa Khamis – 5:01 PM –¬†Hi Jake,¬†Hi Rachel
Rachel –¬†5:01 PM –¬†I’m from Wellington, NZ
Jake –¬†5:02 PM –¬†Not sure how this works
Sue tasteach56 #2 –¬†5:02 PM –¬†everyone now has microphone permissions
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:02 PM –¬†Slide 2,¬†WHere r u in the world?
20 Nov – Learning2gether – 429 episode –¬†Thx to our partners –¬†Have fun w navigation,¬†Egypt
Rachel – 5:04 PM –¬†Dont have whiteboard permission,¬†I’m in Wellington, NZ
Jake –¬†5:04 PM –¬†How do I attach the star to the map?
Rachel –¬†5:05 PM –¬†I’m off the map lol
Vance Stevens –¬†5:05 PM –¬†what planet?
Rachel –¬†5:05 PM –¬†Only 1/3 of NZ was showing lol –¬†yay its on that one
Vance Stevens –¬†5:06 PM – Here’s the link to our presentation, with working hyperlinks
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:06 PM –¬†Can u poste session link to yr colleagues?
Sue tasteach56 #2 –¬†5:07 PM –¬†Hanaa, people will be able to listen to the session again from the archives if they can’t attend today (the answer is yes)
Rachel –¬†5:10 PM –¬†yes that’s a great summary pic
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:13 PM –¬†http://niletesol.org/ –¬†NileTESOL
NileTESOL on Facebook –¬†NileTESOL LTSIG on Facebook
– Stephanie Graham joined the Main Room. ( 5:16 PM ) –
– Amanullah Saand joined the Main Room. ( 5:18 PM ) –
Amanullah Saand –¬†5:18 PM –¬†Hello from Sindh province of Pakistan ūüáĶūüáį
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:20 PM –¬†Hello dear Aman
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:21 PM –¬†Connectivism,¬†Downes, Siemens,¬†MOOcs – see
Stevens, V. (2013). What’s with the MOOCs? TESL-EJ 16, 4, 1-14: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej64/int.pdf. Also available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume16/ej64/ej64int/
WiA 2009 online Convergence, http://wiaoc09.pbworks.com/
Encyclopedia – WiA entry – see
Stevens, V. (2018). Webheads. In Liontas, J. (Ed.). The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley-Blackwell. 5824 pages. Available: http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/archive/9781118784235eelt0458webheads.pdf
Webheads Started in 1998 http://webheads.info

Hanaa Khamis’s screenshot showing http://vancestevens.com/papers/evonline2002/wiaoc2007keynotes.htm

Stephanie Graham –¬†5:28 PM –¬†Hello from Massachusetts, USA
Rachel –¬†5:28 PM –¬†Geez Stephanie you’re up late/early!
Stephanie Graham –¬†5:28 PM –¬†haha- truly
Vance Stevens –¬†5:29 PM –¬†4:30 in MA
Rachel –¬†5:29 PM –¬†I was in NH 2002 and used to ring home at 10pm and was 2pm the next day in NZ, now it’s 10pm NZ so must be about 4am depending on daylight savings
Vance Stevens –¬†5:31 PM –¬†http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/10972799/FrontPage,¬†The multiliteracies course
Stephanie Graham –¬†5:33 PM –¬†Daylight savings always throws me off a bit. I‚Äôll be in NZ in January, so I guess my internal clock is already in limbo.¬†I hear you
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:34 PM –¬†hi,¬†u go ahead
Stephanie Graham –¬†5:35 PM –¬†Getting everyone on the same page is a challenge
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:35 PM –¬†I’m breaking up –¬†I’m back –¬†Go ahead Vance –¬†polls
– Amanullah Saand #2 left the Main Room. ( 5:36 PM ) –
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:37 PM –¬†U go Vance –¬†May be
Jake –¬†5:37 PM –¬†Challenges: Calibre of staff; school’s professional directions v personal directions; time and access to quality CPD material,¬†Not too mention technical barriers; being time poor…
Hanaa Khamis
5:40 PM –¬†Yes,¬†Yahoogroups z gone –¬†Google+ too
Vance Stevens –¬†5:43 PM –¬†https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10mgAbhM6ZCq2TdE0x8r9J3n3vOnNwK-uICv_Ir_F8Wk/edit?usp=sharing
– Abeer Raafat joined the Main Room. ( 5:43 PM ) –
– Samah 1 joined the Main Room. ( 5:46 PM ) –
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:47 PM – sure –¬†Yes
Samah 1 –¬†5:47 PM –¬†Hi everyone –¬†We hear u Dr.
Vance Stevens –¬†5:49 PM –¬†here is the link to our session in pb works http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volunteersneeded#WedNov200900UTCHanaaKhamisandVanceStevensatGECnbspParticipatorycultureofCPDthroughselfsustainingPLNs
Rachel –¬†5:50 PM –¬†I love FB,¬†I used to not use for professional just twitter but now use both
Vance Stevens –¬†5:50 PM –¬†hanaa does a lot of live events in FB and posts the videos
– Hadeer Fikry 3 joined the Main Room. ( 5:51 PM ) –
Vance Stevens –¬†5:52 PM –¬†abeer has a hand up
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:53 PM –¬†Abeer can u use mic¬†or text chat – better text chat
– Jake left the Main Room. ( 5:55 PM ) –
Hanaa Khamis –¬†5:55 PM –¬†can u hear me?¬†chk polls
5:56 PM –¬†n check how much competent in CPD as a teacher?
Vance Stevens –¬†5:56 PM –¬†https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10mgAbhM6ZCq2TdE0x8r9J3n3vOnNwK-uICv_Ir_F8Wk/edit?usp=sharing
Stephanie Graham –¬†5:59 PM –¬†Thank you both
Vance Stevens –¬†5:59 PM –¬†thank you, sue are we under time constraints here?
– Stephanie Graham left the Main Room. ( 5:59 PM ) –
Hadeer Fikry 3 –¬†5:59 PM –¬†Appreciated
Sue tasteach56 #2 –¬†6:00 PM – you need to finish now as hour is over
thank you both very much for presenting and also the participants for taking part
Hanaa Khamis –¬†6:00 PM –¬†Thx all,¬†plz type yr email bf leaving room to receive a badge for attending
– Rachel left the Main Room. ( 6:01 PM ) –
Abeer Raafat –¬†6:01 PM –¬†Thank you very much bye
Hadeer Fikry 3 –¬†6:01 PM –¬†supplies email address as requested
Abeer Raafat –¬†6:02 PM –¬†It is very beneficial indeed
Hanaa Khamis –¬†6:02 PM –¬†Thx Sue


Rindo, A. (2016). Partipatory culture in the classroom. Retrieved from https://www.filamentlearning.com/blog/participatory-culture-classroom

Padwat, A. & Dixit, K. (2011). Retrieved from https://tinyurl.com/rwdkggq

More references and a write-up of Vance’s contribution to this talk here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tclxP0iWY8LQsBvK7QPsHX_H_hWDBtbLG5ejeE6n5rM/edit?usp=sharing

Link to these slides online


This was all part of the GEC 2019 online conference

Mon Nov 18- Wed Nov 20 – The 9th Annual GEC Global Education Conference

The Global Education Conference¬†Network’s ninth annual world-wide collaboration on globally-connected education will take place around the clock starting Monday, November 18th, and continuing through Wednesday, November 20th.

Here are three guides that will help you participate in the conference:

Other important links:

This conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Our activities are designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. For more information about the GEC and to access educational resources, click here to visit our online community.

The GEC features thought leaders from the world of education and beyond, is completely free to attend, and all events take place online in webinar format. We invite you to join the 27,500 GEC community members (from 170+ countries) and actively participate in dozens of sessions focused on international education topics.

This event is FREE to attend, but does require that you REGISTER!
Please register HERE

When you register, you receive this email, which lays out the above information in a more loquacious way:

Thank you for registering for the 2019 Global Education Conference, this Monday – Wednesday,¬† November 18 –¬† 20. This should be a great conference! We have 10 keynotes and over 130 regular sessions.


To attend the conference live please go to the conference schedule page link below, choose your specific time zone, then expand the calendar events to see the links to join each session (sessions links will only appear starting Monday).


If you have friends or colleagues that wish to attend, this is a free event and we encourage you to share our information widely. However, please send them to the conference registration page (http://www.globaleducationconference.org) rather than giving them the above link directly as it will allow us to track participation.

Take a look at this new tutorial https://youtu.be/3hCh-MsXCoE and there are step-by-step instructions for joining sessions in our attendee guide: https://www.smore.com/y6avb-the-globaledcon-attendee-guide.


The keynote sessions are in the Zoom platform, and there will be a link in the schedule for the Zoom room. When you click it, you should be prompted for any individual computer/browser/mobile setup at the time. An alternate link will also be there for YouTube streaming if Zoom doesn’t work.

The regular conference sessions are being held in Blackboard Collaborate and can be accessed from any personal computer and most mobile devices. If you have not used Blackboard Collaborate before, you may be prompted to download the Collaborate “launcher” in order to enter the virtual room. The download time on this can vary, so try entering the following empty session room between now and the conference in order to go through this process:¬†https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?password=D.4509CB0F221719A2897A1F1CF3494C&sid=2008350. Once you enter the test session room, then your computer is configured and you’re prepared for the event. If you do have any trouble, please review “First time user with Blackboard Collaborate Web

Conferencing” at¬†https://blackboard.secure.force.com/apex/publickbarticleview?id=kA770000000CbIW.¬†

We are using Blackboard Collaborate’s “classic” version, which is the only tool we know that combines stability with low-bandwidth accessibility and has the organizational tools for a worldwide conference of this size. Thanks for understanding that it may be a little more complicated than you are used to when you attend your first session. After that, it will work automatically.

Sessions can be attended using your mobile device. For Apple devices, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-collaborate-mobile/id546742528. For Android devices, go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bbcollaborate.collaborate.


The event recordings will appear shortly afterwards on the Global Education Conference network at https://www.globaleducationconference.org/page/2019-conference-recordings. You need to be registered (free) and logged into the Global Education Conference network to view them.


Please follow us (@GlobalEdCon) and use #globaled19 on any social media posts leading up to and during the event. And do encourage others to register in order to attend!

See you online!

Steve Hargadon & Lucy Gray
Founders and Co-Chairs of the Global Education Conference

Other links of interests

Wed Nov 20 1400 UTC Maha Hassan at GEC –¬†CEFR, Plurilingualism and Pluriculturalism

Maha Hassan presents Wednesday November 20, 2019 at 4 pm Cairo Local Time Р2 pm GMT on
CEFR, Plurilingualism and Pluriculturalism Win-Win Situation

The CEFR [Common European Framework of Reference for Languages] takes an innovative stance to seeing learners as language users and social agents and thus seeing language as a vehicle for communication rather than as a subject of study. How can new CEFR revisions help teachers develop Pluriculturalism in their classes?

The methodological message of CEFR is that language learning should be directed towards enabling learners to act in real life situations expressing themselves and accomplishing takes of different natures.‚ÄĚ Thus appeared the great emphasis and importance the new CEFR revisions gave to Plurilingualism and Pluriculturalism to develop active global citizens. How can teachers promote that and what is the relation between that and Mediation?

Maha will talk about the new CEFR revisions and how they can benefit teachers to help their students promote better understanding of other cultures whether abroad or even among their classes. I will especially refer to the descriptors used to help guide teachers along the way and how to assess the development of their students in that concern. Not only that, but to help them “develop their awareness and competence in that area.

For more about Maha Hassan, see http://facebook.com/maha.esltraining

RECORDING LINK: https://sas.elluminate.com/dr.jnlp?sid=2008350&suid=D.879C18EAD32AB17B900C7EF92B8A88

Earlier events

Wed 13 Nov 1000 UTC GUINEVERE Online Event


Sun Nov 17 1530 TO 1800 UTC – Rob Howard hosts a 10×10 – Teaching in Low Resource Settings


What? Teaching in low-resource settings : Challenges, Opportunities, Activities 
In the last few years, we keep discussing technology as an integral part of our teaching / learning routine. What if, for any reason, we cannot use fancy Interactive whiteboards or our classrooms are bare of WiFi connections? What if our learners have no devices to bring in class? What is the alternative to technology and how can teachers survive in the EFL classroom without top-heavy technology? Join 10 speakers in short 10 minute presentations and get endless inspiration!

17:30 to 20:00 appears to be time in Greece, so this must be 15:30 to 18:00 UTC

The announcement doesn’t say. Perhaps you have to indicate that you are going in FB. I’ll do that and see if it works.

Or try: https://www.facebook.com/tesolmth/, or https://www.facebook.com/events/483217429209426/


Sorry I missed it (sleeping ūüôā¬†Vance

Learning2gether with Heike Philp and GUINEVERE simulcasting colloquium on games in virtual worlds

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Learning2gether Episode 428

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Skip down to Earlier Events to find a video of Christine Coombe presenting a TESOL Webinar Nov 8 on participation in professional organizations

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Heike Philp hosted a simulcast from Firenze on educational applications of virtual worlds, and invited me to come on in the Q and A period and talk for 5 min about #evomc20 EVO Minecraft MOOC. My brief appearance followed more comprehensive presentations by Heike herself talking about her #GUINEVERE project, Nick Zwart-Knottnerus of 3DLES on his work in OpenSim, Tuncer Can talking about his app Gistory, and James York presenting on the affordances of Minecraft for language teaching.

Zoom video recording link, provided by Heike Philp
Click here to play the recording and see the accompanying text chat

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Event details: https://tinyurl.com/GUINEVEREFinale

When? Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019, 11am Р1pm CET

Where? Simulcast: Video conference using Zoom and local participants in Florence

Zoom URL https://zoom.us/j/8039048284

GUINEVERE (2017-2019) is a two-year project investigating the potential of digital game-based learning in 3D immersive environments focusing on foreign language learning (2017-2019).As part of the project, language teachers were introduced to the art of designing and processes involved in creating digital games within various VWs including Second Life, OpenSim, and Minecraft.

The project is nearing completion and all of the partner are present in Florence for the final project meeting and look forward to sharing the outcomes. They proudly present the project results in a 2h web conference on Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 from 11am to – 1pm Italian time.

Project outcomes

Program of events


Heike Philp from let’s talk online will introduce the goal of GUINEVERE and the final results.


Project partner¬†Tuncer Can¬†of the Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa will talk about the theoretical framework of Game Design/Gistory App Design Process (soon available from PlayStore and Appstore under the name ‚ÄėGistory‚Äô)


Project partner IUL and Heike Philp talk about the Teacher Training Course development and the impressive 3D games developed by teachers.


Nick Zwart-Knottnerus of 3DLES presents his work in OpenSim


Guest speaker James York from Japan will talk about his experience teaching English and Japanese in Minecraft. Time where you are: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=James+York+at+Guinevere+Wednesday%2C+13+Nov+2019%2C+11%3A15+am+UTC&iso=20191113T1115&p1=1440&am=45


Q&A with online participants –¬†Vance Stevens¬†has been invited to speak for 5 min about EVO and EVO Minecraft MOOC


Guest speaker James York: How to teach languages in Minecraft: What are the affordances of Minecraft for language teaching?

Minecraft offers three different game modes (survival, creative, and adventure) which each have different use cases. In this talk, I provide a list of teaching tips and ideas that have worked for me in my own teaching context with a focus on productive language skills. The talk addresses the affordances of Minecraft for language learning and how teachers can adopt a task-based language teaching approach in this environment.

James is a lecturer at Tokyo Denki University where he conducts research on the pedagogical application of games for language learning. His current main focus is a curriculum development project using tabletop games as the centrepiece of a task-based language teaching and multiliteracies approach to second language acquisition. James is co-editor of Ludic Language Pedagogy, an open access, open peer-reviewed journal exploring games and play, language and literacies, and teaching. James’s previous projects include the development and management of an online Japanese learning community which utilized Minecraft as the domain for interactive, experiential learning activities.

Dr Tuncer Can¬†completed his MA at Istanbul University in 2004 on “Constructivism and Training of Pre-service Foreign Language Teachers”. In 2005, he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship and he spent two terms at Syracuse University, NY, USA, where he taught Turkish via videoconferencing for one year. In 2008, he took part in a project at Istanbul University in the Faculty of Education, English Language Teaching Department, on the implementation of MOODLE in the training of pre-service foreign language teachers; a project was funded by Istanbul University Scientific Research Center. He completed his PhD at Istanbul University in 2011 on “Using Foreign Language Learning Strategies in the Context of Lifelong Learning and Plurilingualism”. Dr. Can also has taken part in three EU Projects. (1) CAMELOT, (2) INTEGRATION OF YOUNG REFUGEES Using mobile devices leading to better language acquisition and relevant career / YouRNI, and (3) TABLIO on the use of tablets for classroom differentiation and inclusion/ TABLIO.



Nick Zwart-Knottnerus is CEO of 3DLES, a Dutch company that offers project management on educational project in virtual worlds. Nick has studied theology and IT in Amsterdam, was an IT teacher for years and built the EU prize-winning virtual language villages Chatterdale and Parolay. He worked for the University of Alcala de Henares in Spain doing research on the use of OpenSimulator for language education. He works for the City University in London as a technical researcher for the aphasia project called EVA Park. 3DLES was partner in several EU projects like TILA, TeCoLa and now the GUINEVERE project.



Heike Philp is CEO of let’s talk online sprl is an edtech and immersive learning integration specialist. Philp co-initiated four European funded projects on teaching and learning a language in real-time at a distance: LANCELOT (LANguage learning with CErtified Live Online Teachers), AVALON (Access to Virtual and Action Learning live ONline) and CAMELOT (CreAting Machinima Empowers Live Online language Teaching and learning) and GUINEVERE (Games Used IN Engaging Virtual Environments for Realtime language Education). Philp founded and organizes several web conferences, Virtual Round Table (language learning technologies) DaFWEBKON (teachers of German), SLanguages Annual Symposium. She co-owns EduNation islands in Second Life.

Screenshots and text chat logs


05:56 PM Me (Vance): Heike is muted (she then requests a sound check)
06:01 PM alansimpson: Fine sounds good.
06:01 PM Me: fine (Heike then requests introductions in text from the audience)
06:09 PM Me:¬†I’m a coordinator of EVO Electronic Village Online and moderator EVO Minecraft MOOC which starts its 6th session in Jan-Feb
06:09 PM Tuncer CAN: Hi Vance
06:09 PM alansimpson: Yes, I joined as a student on the pilot study. I teach at a uni in Japan, have an interest in ESP applications online.
06:09 PM Lucia Bartolotti: Nice to see you, Vance. I took part in the Guinevere project
06:09 PM Me: Hi Tuncer



06:10 PM Tuncer CAN: Hi ALL
06:14 PM Lucia Bartolotti:¬†Hi Heike ūüôā¬†I will leave you in 15 minutes as I have a lesson shortly.¬†I have no microphone, sorry, I am at school


06:18 PM Me: where can we find these links? (Heike voices the links for me to post)
06:19 PM Lucia Bartolotti: These documents are really outstanding
06:20 PM Me: http://guinevereproject.eu/deliverables
06:21 PM Lucia Bartolotti: Hello Nick


06:51 PM Heike Philp: hi James, great to see you
06:51 PM James York: Thanks for inviting!
06:58 PM Rumeysa Y√ľcel:¬†thank you tuncer cam but how can we find this app, cause when I searched ,I couldn‚Äôt find it
06:58 PM James York: Thanks Heike
From Tuncer CAN: 07:00 PM
Hi Sare
it will be on the market veri son, when the project is over
From Rumeysa Y√ľcel: 07:00 PM
Okey hocam thank you,btw Im Rumeysa:)
07:01 PM Tuncer CAN:¬†r√ľmeysa ūüôā



07:05 PM Me:¬†hmmm –¬†I would like to join the next one (in response to learning that participants in one of Heike’s projects overwhelming gravitated to Second Life; only one to Minecraft)
07:06 PM James York:¬†All good ūüôā


07:09 PM Me: what is the link you are showing (when you get a moment)
07:17 PM James York:¬†?? –¬†Well remembered!


07:20 PM Vance Stevens: 6th one (I hold up 6 fingers in video, indicating that we are about to enjoy our 6th EVO Minecraft MOOC session coming up next January-February)
07:21 PM alansimpson: Great, fine. (must be in response to a sound check)


07:24 PM Me:¬†I know the feeling – Minecraft is easy ‚Ķ Zoom? (James is having trouble navigating in Zoom; he seems to get around fine in Minecraft ūüôā
07:27 PM Heike Philp: fine




07:44 PM James York: Slides from me http://bit.ly/34YkGyq
07:50 PM Heike Philp: Any questions from the audience about GUINEVERE and for James or for Vance?
07:50 PM James York: http://minecraftmooc.org/
07:51 PM Heike Philp: James was faster than me
07:51 PM James York:¬†hehe –¬†Keen to join actually!¬†Ty ty vance
07:51 PM Heike Philp:  James do you have a link to your TED session?
07:53 PM James York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gokaQuqIAwM
Is Jeff Kuhn still involved? In the MOOC (If he ever was?)
07:53 PM Heike Philp:  he was
07:54 PM James York: gotcha
Thanks for the information!
I have read your paper

Kuhn, J. and Stevens, V. (2017). Participatory culture as professional development: Preparing teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom. TESOL Journal 8, 4:753‚Äď767. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesj.359 and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tesj.359/full.
Pre-publication proof available: https://vancestevens.com/papers/tesol/r1_TESJ_359_review2017oct25_1_archivecopy.pdf

07:56 PM Me: Here are the links I gave about my work (Vance)


08:00 PM alansimpson: Thank you so much everyone. Educational and inspirational!
08:02 PM James York: Minecraft and language learning: https://www.academia.edu/32656663/Chapter_11_Minecraft_and_Language_Learning



Just for the record, here is a list of Screenshots used
1855 Tuncer –¬†https://www.screencast.com/t/RRTTrwDwG
1849 Tuncer – https://www.screencast.com/t/W0ctyBOKMdtg
1822 Nick – https://www.screencast.com/t/mu8TjSOg3j
1833 Nick – https://www.screencast.com/t/I3HH2tYdWw1
1802 start – https://www.screencast.com/t/xy0kxypjp
1810 Guinevere – https://www.screencast.com/t/3Te6mBdib
1811 Minecraft – https://www.screencast.com/t/Nyutgybxtn
1814 three VWs – https://www.screencast.com/t/DYEeADWb
1821 Nick – https://www.screencast.com/t/ftMjwkVTEMUp
1903 Heike –¬†https://www.screencast.com/t/Itp3ZUGx
1902 Minecraft – https://www.screencast.com/t/8vO6VRwaScJ
1909 Guinever: https://www.screencast.com/t/hT9Ez9fCn
1920 James –¬†https://www.screencast.com/t/SrZNw3Uk
1923 James –¬†https://www.screencast.com/t/vTIsa9mM
1932 James – https://www.screencast.com/t/7a6ckTQZ
1933 James – https://www.screencast.com/t/wKDz12adp
James York’s links: https://www.screencast.com/t/veZ2thnqol
2000 Gallery – https://www.screencast.com/t/1o4Lpynlw6X
2000 Vance –¬†https://www.screencast.com/t/KI692IYDv

Announcements on Facebook Groups


Earlier events

Sun Nov 3 1300 UTC – L2g 427 EVO Moderator PD discussion of online spaces and badges and certificates


Christine Coombe TESOL Webinar Nov 8 on participation in professional organizations

The announcement was sent out on TESOL lists Nov 7 and this event was over by the time I opened the mail, but for the record:

Sun 10 Nov 1400 UTC EVO Moderator Professional Development Week 4 Live Event

The coordinating team and the members of the EVO (http://evosessions.pbworks.com) Moderator Professional Development Week 4 invited EVO coordinators and moderators to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Learning2gether invited others who felt they would have something to contribute.

Topic: Week 4: Getting ready to go live

Time: Nov 10, 2019 at 2 PM UTC and 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Click to join the Zoom Meeting


Recordings of all 2019 EVO Moderator Professional Development for EVO20 live events are here:


Below find a video embed of this session starting at 25 min 35 seconds, which is where Nellie asked for moderators to come on and discuss the online spaces they had chosen for their sessions. First up was Graham Stanley, who spoke about how his Escape the Room session is organized, and he invited Vance Stevens to join him in the discussion,¬†https://youtu.be/0W–5Kuk2mA?t=1535

Learning2gether with Week 3 EVO Moderator Professional Development – Online spaces, certificates, and badges

Learning2gether Episode 427

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EVO coordinators today hosted their third meeting of the EVO Moderators Professional Development month but this one was different from the previous ones.¬†This week’s event was hosted by Vance Stevens and Jane Chien and was a discussion of¬†free online spaces appropriate to facilitation of EVO sessions and the pros and cons of offering badges and certificates.

Recordings of all EVO Moderator Professional Development live events are here:

This was the program for today:

Week 3 in EVO Moderator PD is about Developing the Content

The week begins with a live online kickoff event on Sunday Nov 3 at 13:00 UTC

The meeting today will be conversational.
Please come prepared to ask questions
and share your expertise with one another.

By the end of this week, we hope you will have

  • made substantial progress on your syllabus
  • revised your original proposal in the¬†EVO Proposals wiki¬†to transform it into a ready-for-the-public-eye session page which will be tranferred to the public Call for Participation wiki.
  • begun to add content to your online space(s).
  • learned about Certificates of Participation and digital badges options for your session(s)
  • posted your questions and comments in the appropriate threads.

We began with a review the Week 2 discussion on Online Spaces, here

You can only open that link if you are registered in the Schoology course, but he following suggestions for spaces appropriate to EVO were made in that discussion

  • Some platform or LMS where students can view the content, conduct discussions, ask questions, share content and connect with each other; e.g.
    • Canvas Instructure
    • Moodle
    • Google Classroom
    • Edmodo
    • Schoology
    • Nellie suggests that¬†Groups.io, Facebook groups, What’s APP, Linkedin groups, Twitter, Google Groups, and Slack can all work as LMSs
  • Blogs and wikis for hosting and discussing content; e.g.
  • Additional tutorial and digital storytelling tools; e.g.
    • Padlet, VoiceThread, YouTube Video tutorials, Presentations on Slideshare
    • Screen capture tools; e.g. Jing, Screencast-o-matic
  • If you are still searching for platforms you like, try exploring some of the tools listed on former Coordinator¬†Carla Arena’s Pinterest Board.

Week 3 asks moderators what¬†other online space/Learning Management System will you use for your session’s content and interactive hub(s)? Can you explain to others how to use and navigate your space(s)?

Rather than work from a slide deck, Jane and Vance instead screen-shared from Schoology, and set all participant mics to open to encourage discussion. This posed no problem during the event, as all participants voluntarily muted themselves until they wished to speak. We expected that this format would create an opportunity for participants to discuss what they had learned about potential community spaces, and whether or not to promise badges or certificates in their EVO sessions.

Because the event would be of benefit to the Learning2gether community, Vance hosted it in the guise of Learning2gether episode 427.

  • However it was not announced in advance as such since the event was intended for EVO 2020 coordinators and session moderators.
  • Vance extended the invitation to others who would have something to contribute; e.g. previous¬†moderators and participants¬†of EVO sessions.
  • As coordinators are modeling best principles and practices of online discussions in our weekly events, as we know them from our experience, this was intended to suggest that moderators might want to branch out beyond just their session participants and include members of wider networks, if that seems appropriate to their purposes. That is after all the theory underpinning the first cMOOCs; see Stevens, V. (2013). What’s with the MOOCs? TESL-EJ, Volume 16, Number 4, pp. 1-14: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej64/int.pdf. Also available at: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume16/ej64/ej64int/.

The event took place in Nellie Deutsch’s Zoom room.¬†Vance took these screen shots during the event, when



  • Aaron arrived then disappeared,



Sorry I didn’t get a screen shot of Judy aboard here ship! Maybe someone else did ūüôā

Zoom text chat transcript logs

Marijana Smolcec : hi all! I have turned off my camera, as I am still in the process of making lunch, so will join shortly :)) hi :))
Naglaa Salem : Good morning everyone!
Rosmery : Good morning. Am I late?
Gamze : Hello everyone
Rosmery : Hi Gamze
Gamze : Hi Rosmery!
McCoy Family : Wow! That’s very lovely clock sound.
Rosmery : Thanks
McCoy Family : Welcome Rosmery! Welcome Gamze! Welcome N Salem! live video on Youtube from Zoom! Cool!
AyatAlTawel : Hi everyone ūüôā
Marijana Smolcec : My first time, or maybe second in zoom, need to explore this tool more ūüôā
Rosmery : Hello from Bolivia
AyatAlTawel : Joining audio only today
Marijana Smolcec : hi vance :)) Marijana in Croatia :))
McCoy Family : Hello AyatAITawel. Welcome!
AyatAlTawel : Hi from Egypt
Marijana Smolcec : ahaha, itz’s abput Minecraft! :)) Hi Ayat ūüôā barely, mostly cooking, but will come in soon
Rosmery : Hi Ayat and Marijana
Naglaa Salem : Naglaa from Toronto
Marijana Smolcec : Hi Rosmery, so great to see you here :)) We are interested in Schoology
Gamze : Gamze from Turkey
Jane Chien : Hi everyone! ūüôā
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : hi From Bogota!!!
Harshita K : Hello from India ūüôā
Judy Wong – usually NY /Barcelona : Can’t talk travelling to my boat
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : HI Judy
Mike Kenteris : Hi Carolina! Hi everyone!
Judy Wong – usually NY /Barcelona : Hi Everyone!! ÔŅĹÔŅĹÔŅĹÔŅĹ
Rosmery : Good morning Jane, Carolina, Judy Harshita, Mike
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : hey Rosmery!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : We are all mods including the members of the coordinating team for EVO20. I moderate TEFL2YL EVO20, M4TEVO20, and Tools for Student Collaboration : Schoology has its ‚Äúbugs‚ÄĚ : Schoology has its paid version which is interesting.
McCoy Family : yes to all questions
Gamze : I believe Edmodo is similar to Schoology in nature.
McCoy Family : Yes, I zoomed into Edmodo briefly.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Edmodo has less ‚Äúbugs‚ÄĚ than Schoology.
Marijana Smolcec : I like Moodle, missing Google+Community, but Edmodo, I mainly used with students, all in all I need to explore Cshoology
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I also listen3d to the Edmodo conference.
Marijana Smolcec : Schoology*
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Marijana, you would love https://groups.io
Marijana Smolcec : I didn’t have time for EdmodoCon, it was early for us in CRO, all in all, it’s a good social network site : I love WAKELet
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : edmodo is vey clean!
Marijana Smolcec : It’s awesome :)) : http://www.wakelet.com
Jane Chien : Thanks!
Marijana Smolcec : it’s not Microsoft : but they have many MS tools that are able to be integrated with wakelt
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Yes, it is very clean, Carolina. We tried to use Edmodo for our PD a few years ago. Maybe, we can try again, next year.
Marijana Smolcec : such as Youtube, Immersive Reader and FlipGrid
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : that’s a good idea, Nellie!!!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : https://groups.io also has a wiki.
AyatAlTawel : yeah, we’ve been exploring it for some time. It’s a bookmarking collaboration tool : Edmodo is always there and never fails to be a reliable and safe tool
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : i’ve been meaning to explore wakelet…
Mike Kenteris : Wakelet
Marijana Smolcec : Yes Ayat, true, but it can be used as a website for resources, right?
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I use Jing and Snagit.
Mike Kenteris : Here’s a wakelet about my hometown I use with my Mystery Skype sessions: https://wakelet.com/wake/7e408b62-7ccc-44da-bdea-5496110ac4f8
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : wow Mike!! we have to talk about mystery skype!
Rosmery : I use Screen-cast-o-matic
Marijana Smolcec : My wakelet https://wakelet.com/@msmolcec
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : You can learn a lot when you use a learning environment. Just don’t get frustrated if things aren’t perfect.
Marijana Smolcec : I don’t have many public posts, but mostly private, but am thinking of using some public collections for my students : @Rosemery, yes, me too, it’s easy : thx Mike for sharing your wakelet, will follow you : I agree with Nellie
Rosmery : We need to explore, make mistakes, and learn….
Marijana Smolcec : the tools that work for you use them those that don’t lose them ūüôā
Harshita K : Agreed…that’s the most practical and authentic advise @Dr.Nellie
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Don’t let the fact that technology is not perfect get you down. : Yes, very true, Marijana. : Perfection is not key. Things do go wrong. The process of learning is.
Marijana Smolcec : as we lways say “sharing is caring”
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : So true, Mike.
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : true Mike!!!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Our attitude as mods is very important.
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : we all love to share
Marijana Smolcec : True, Jane, EVO is like family ūüôā
Harshita K : Am sure that’s interesting to learn, getting introduced to the platform- minecraft. Nice @Vance
Marijana Smolcec : I started playing games because of my sons, but I am still trying to be better at Minecraft ūüôā
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : EVO is about teachers’ generosity to share their expertise with other eachers worldwide .
Marijana Smolcec : Caroline, can you write the name of the tool in chat_
Jane Chien : Anvil?
Naglaa Salem : Usually how many participants sign up for a session?
Marijana Smolcec : It could be from 50 to 300 it depends ūüôā : But, I know for our ICT4ELT, we have from 100-150 more or less : IN Minecraft EVO, I think Vance knows more
Naglaa Salem : Thank you, Caroline!
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : @Marijana The tool is ANVILL
Marijana Smolcec : Thank youCarolina, Mike has already send the link to me : :)) : @Vance is EVO himself :))
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : ūüôā
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I’m available to help any mod before, during, and after EVO20 sessions.
Marijana Smolcec : @nellie, you mean helping on Moodle
Rosmery : Thanks
Mike Kenteris : ūüôā
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I mean any help on any platform
Marijana Smolcec : You have to give credit, Copyrights : I agree with Nellie
Harshita K : Depends on the CreativeCommons involved.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : What platform will you be using for your live online meetings? : I also teach young learners. : We use Education Suite. : Google Education Suite : I used Google Classroom in the past with my young learners, too. : This year I got the school a Moodle site.
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : Yes, Google classroom is very complete! it would suffice
Rosmery : Creating a Gmail account is the first task I give my students. They do not use it as much as we do.
Marijana Smolcec : I need to go, but I do know Microsoft teams : I use it with my students : it’s free for us in CRO, in Office365 : will join Schology and will add more info there, about Teams : Talk more later guys, hugs and have a nice Sunday : bye
Mike Kenteris : ūüôā
McCoy Family : Here is a comparison chat; I’ll find the Microsoft: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-for-Education/Teams-Vs-Moodle-Vs-Google-Classroom/m-p/215942
Jane Chien : Bye, Marijana!
McCoy Family : Here is the Microsoft Teams descriptions:
Rosmery : I find that the live sessions are useful
McCoy Family : https://teams.microsoft.com/download
Naglaa Salem : Live sessions can be helpful for my session (when I get over my camera shyness) : Practice will do it I guess ūüôā
McCoy Family : I think that the live video is awesome. When I first started, I had no clue what to do. As I listened, I decided that I’d try to talk and share.
Harshita K : I also feel live sessions are useful. If the participants are unable to attend they do watch the recordings.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : What platform do you plan to use for your live meetings?
Meriyem : Escape the classroom – Zoom
Naglaa Salem : I’ve signed up for Zoom, but not sure about the recording bit
Harshita K : Zoom
Rosmery : Live sessions give us learners the opportunity of meeting moderators and experts, and ask questions
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : Yes Rosmery. Somehow live sessions make it all real!
Rosmery : That’s what I meant!
McCoy Family : Yes, I’ve reduced my FB presence for those reasons.
Judy Wong -NYC, USA : I’m back!
Vance Stevens : wbJ
Jane Chien : Hi Aaron! ūüôā : WB, Judy! ūüôā
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : I have to step out, I’m sorry!
Vance Stevens : bye carolina
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : bye Vance! : and all!
Jane Chien : bye Caroline! ūüôā
Judy Wong -NYC, USA : The perils and challenges of being truly mobile! Hahaha! : On a boal in Barcelona : oat : boat
Vance Stevens : hey aaron!
McCoy Family : Even closed captions for the video. : yes
Naglaa Salem : Would love to help with Arabic! ūüôā
Rosmery : It is a problem here
McCoy Family : The teachers need to be at least a B2 teacher. : a B2 level of English
Naglaa Salem : May be translation can help with dealing with technological tools : *issues
Harshita K : Thank you Dr Nellie, Vance, Jane and everyone for a helpful session. Have to leave.
Rosmery : EFL environments
Vance Stevens : thank you Harshita
Gamze : Thank you for the session. Have to leave for now. Happy Sunday!
Rosmery : Just translate instructions not content
McCoy Family : Yes, is everyone finding sources for their badges?
Naglaa Salem : Is it ok to do without the badges? : All this is new to me : I don’t know how to have these ready for participants
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : badges are motivating like gamification
Jane Chien : Yes, I think it’s okay to do without badges.
McCoy Family : That’s great. : agreed : vance
Naglaa Salem : Is there like a progress bar on Moodle? I can’t remember
Jane Chien : Love Badges from Nellie’s moodle session!
Mike Kenteris : @Salem yes there is
Rosmery : I like badges, too. They are great to show off in social media! LOL
Naglaa Salem : Yes! I loved those as well
Rosmery : LOL
McCoy Family : yes they are.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Credly : I also use Credly and Canva for badges and certificates. : Badgr is the new Mozilla Open badges
Vance Stevens : badgr, I like it
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Yes, Vance, Badgr took over for Mozilla.

Announcements on Facebook Groups

Earlier events

Tue Oct 15 noon UTC РSteven Herder Interviews Vance Stevens in the iTDi Teachers Room


Sun Oct 20 1400 UTC Opening ceremony of EVO 2020 Moderator Development Month

The opening moderator professional development session was held in Zoom, hosted by Nellie Deutsch and attended by all the moderators listed below:

You can see all the EVO MPD videos on the playlist maintained by Nellie Deutsch here


and the video of this event is here

Oct 21-25 1700 and 1900 UTC-5th Annual Pearson ELT free Webinar Series

Joe McVeigh has just announced on the MyTESOL listserv the 5th Annual Pearson ELT free Webinar Series, Oct 21-25, 2019


Joe’s post says: “beginning on Monday, October 21 and continuing through the rest of the week, you can join in a series of free professional development webinars, sponsored by Pearson.¬†The webinars are free, but you do need to register in advance. Here’s the¬†link¬†to register.

Times are listed as Eastern Daylight (New York) times, so convert as needed for your own time zone. After you click on the¬†link¬†that takes you to the main sign-up page, you do need to register individually for each session.¬† I have simplified and abbreviated the titles of the sessions below for speed of reading. See the¬†link¬†for the exact titles and a description.”

Learning2gether value added: Click on the time links to see when this webinar is in your time zone

Monday, October 21, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Steve Marshall Plurilingual Pedagogy
Tuesday October 22, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Carol Numrich

Frances Boyd

Higher Order Academic Skills
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:00 p.m. EDT Lia Conklin Olson The Transitions Classroom
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Joan Saslow Teaching Pronunciation
Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Dr. Ken Beatty Measuring Success
Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:00 p.m. EDT Sara Davila Language Learning and Skills
Friday, October 25, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Christina Cavage University Success
Friday, October 25, 2019 3:00 p.m. EDT Sara Davila Adapting materials for your students

Tue Oct 22 1800 UTC РSusan Mirandi hosts Mirjam Hauck on Virtual_exchange for digital literacy skills development

A #webinar on #virtual_exchange for (critical) #digital_literacy_skills development by Dr. Mirjam Hauck (#EUROCALL President) hosted by Dr. S. Susan Marandi October 22, 2019, 18 GMT

Register at https://eltacademia.com/4th

This one is also hard to register for and is likely not free. When I created an account I got this screen.

I don’t speak Farsi, and I don’t click on buttons that are in any way suspicious

but I think that was a screen to verify my address, since when I tried to log in I was blocked

It looks like this is where we were heading at any rate, to a payment page

Meanwhile I received an email with a link that let me verify my address, so I successfully logged in and clicked on the online payment form and this took me again to the screen in Farsi that I posted above.

So as much as I admire the work of these two remarkable ladies, I stopped my efforts at that point.

The webinar is being held at 2 am for me here in Malaysia, but I was hoping that by registering, I might be notified of a recording. If others are interested. I would certainly recommend the webinar to anyone able to register and willing to pay.

Hang on, it worked!¬†I got an email back …

Thank you for registering for the “Virtual Exchange for (critical) digital literacy skills development” webinar on Tuesday, October 22 at 18 GMT


Mirjam Hauck

You can enter the room as guest. But make sure to enter your full name so that the host can accept your request.

The webinar starts at 18 and lasts for an hour.

Login to the Webinar

We look forward to you joining us!

The ELTacademia Team

And finally, having registered for the event, I was notified in email that
the webinar materials (video, audio, and PowerPoint files) are now available on my profile page. To access my profile, I only need to log in to my account on ELTacademia.com.

They also said: “You can be updated for our next events by visiting the website or joining our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/eltacademia/.”

In retrospect: It PAYS to REGISTER for ONLINE EVENTS
even if you won’t be able to attend at the time of the event itself.


Thu Oct 24 2130 in Brasilia – BrazTESOL webinar with Claire Venables

https://bit.ly/riochapCV which redirects to http://braztesol.org.br/riochapterwebinar

Unfortunately, though there is no charge for this event, and therefore in theory no tax liability,

you can’t register for this if you don’t have a CPF number

What is a CPF number in Brasil?


Tried 1234567890 but that didn’t work, gave up – Vance

Fri Oct 25 1300 UTC There is an iTDi Live on Facebook event on Vocabulary

International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi)


Join our next #iTDi #MonthlyRoundup (FB LIVE) with Philip Shigeo Brown & Steven Herder on Fri, Oct 25th, 1300 UTC/GMT: https://www.facebook.com/iTDi.Pro/

Here’s the video link


Links referred to during the event

Fri Oct 25 1400 UTC – Sun Oct 27 2200 UTC IATEFL YLTSIG Web Conference

The IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group (YLTSIG) hosted a free three-day online event later in October.

Opening up the ‘YL’ umbrella: age-appropriate pedagogies featuredseveral talks by renowned experts in the field of young learners and teenagers. Find out more¬†here,

The Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group (YLTSIG) 2019 Web Conference took place over three days, 25, 26 and 27 October 2019. Sessions took place from 14.00 Р22.00 GMT each day.

Register here:

Completing the registration form will allow IATEFL

to send you the link to join this online event

as well as the finalised programme and reminders.

These details will be sent nearer to the date of the event

The complete program pdf is here: https://members.iatefl.org/downloads/sigs/YLTSIG_2019_Web_%20Conference_%20Programme.pdf

Wed Oct 30 РThe 3rd free Library 2.019 mini-conference on Emerging Technology

The third Library 2.019 mini-conference:¬†“Emerging Technology,”¬†will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from¬†12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time¬†(click for your own time zone).

Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Drones, Personalization, the Quantified Self. Libraries can and should be the epicenter of exploring, building and promoting these emerging techs, assuring the better futures and opportunities they offer are accessible to everyone. Learn what libraries are doing right now with these cutting-edge technologies, what they’re planning next and how you can implement these ideas in your own organization.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE or the conference registration page https://www.library20.com/emergingtech
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.
Participants are encouraged to use #library2019 and #libraryemergingtech on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

To attend the conference live please go to the conference schedule page link below, choose your specific time zone, then expand the calendar events to see the links to join each session (sessions and links will only appear a day or two before the event).

This event happens entirely between 3 am and 6 am in Malaysia,  home of Learning2gether


Christina Mune
Associate Dean of Innovation and Resource Management, University Library at San Jose State University
@bibliopathicChristina Mune is the Associate Dean of Innovation and Resources Management at San Jose State University’s King Library. Her passion is supporting discovery, creativity and digital scholarship by designing technology-enabled spaces and services in libraries. She is currently working on her upcoming book Libraries Supporting Online Learning: Digital Literacy, Open Access and Local Connectivity from ABC-CLIO. Her research interests include online instructional design, discovery and digital literacy.

Jim Hahn
Associate Professor, Orientation Services & Environments Librarian
@phobiaofthisJim Hahn is an Associate Professor in the Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois. His research into technology-enhanced learning has led to many software development projects within library settings and provides unique insights into new student‚Äôs expectations and needs and helps inform the work that he does as the Orientation Services and Environments Librarian for undergraduate students at the University of Illinois. He founded and manages the Minrva project (https://minrvaproject.org) and currently serves as project PI for a research & development grant funded through the University of Illinois Campus Research Board, entitled, ‚ÄúInformation and Environment: Integration of an IoT-powered recommender system within the FOLIO open source platform,‚ÄĚ the aims of which are to incorporate Internet of Things functionality into a FOLIO wayfinder application (https://github.com/minrva/ui-wayfinder) and make the resulting software available in the open source.

Ida Joiner
Librarian at the Universal Academy, TX
@ida_joinerIda Arlene Joiner is the Senior Librarian at the Universal Academy in Texas. She is the author of the book¬†Emerging Library Technologies: It’s Not Just for Geeks¬†(Elsevier, 2018). Her forthcoming book on Drones in Libraries will be available in July 2020 (Elsevier). Ida has published numerous articles on emerging technologies. She is an international and national presenter on emerging technologies. Ida is a member of¬†MIT‚Äôs Technology Review Global Panel. She discussed¬†Are Drones Coming to Your Library¬†on the Drone Radio Show. Ida is currently pursuing¬†doctoral studies in Texas Wesleyan University‚Äôs Curriculum and Instruction program. She is a member of LITA‚Äôs Information Technology and Libraries board where she peer reviews articles for their peer reviewed open source journal. Ida peer reviews technology-related book proposals for Elsevier. She formerly co-chaired the Publications Committee for ALA‚Äôs International Relations Roundtable (IRRT). Ida holds her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA degree in Business Management from Chatham University. Her research focuses on emerging technologies such as drones, robotics, driverless vehicles, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, and their use in libraries and education. In her role as a project management consultant, Ida saved PNC Bank, PPG, Tucker Arensberg, Las Colinas Cancer, and Texas Breast Care thousands of dollars in technical and training costs.

Bohyum Kim

CTO & Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island Libraries


Bohyun Kim is the Chief Technology Officer and an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries. She is the author of two books, Understanding Gamification and Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations and the founding editor of ACRL TechConnect Blog. She is the Past-President of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and serves on the advisory boards and committees of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, San Jose State University School of Information, and Library Pipeline. She holds a MA in philosophy from Harvard University and a MSLIS from Simmons College.



12:00 pm (noon)

Opening Keynote (see above)

1:00 pm

Creating A Virtual Reality Library Tour: How, Why, and What’s Next
Eliza Donne, Multimedia Specialist, Harrell Health Sciences Library

Introducing Immersive Technologies for Libraries
Chad Mairn, Librarian | Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

Robotics in Libraries
Dan Lou, Senior Librarian, Palo Alto City Library | Michael Hibben, Senior Manager, Roanoke County Public Library | M Ryan Hess, Digital Initiatives Manager, Palo Alto City Library

Twitch & Discord in Public Libraries: New Opportunities for Adult Services
Michael Dunbar-Rodney ‚Äď Librarian, San Antonio Public Library ‚Äď Central Branch | Lorin Flores ‚Äď Librarian

1:30 pm

Exploring and building virtual reality experiences on the web
Liv Erickson, Senior Product Manager Social Mixed Reality, Mozilla

Library Chatbots 101: Demystifying A.I. with the SJSU Chatbot Internship
Sharesly Rodriguez and Danica Ronquillo, San Jose State University

SUNY’s Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC)
Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, Emerging Technologies Librarian & Head of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries, State University of New York | Cherie van Putten

Technology at the Learning Resources Centre, Academia Britanica Cuscatleca, El Salvador
Melissa Hernández / Library assistant, Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Academia Britanica Cuscatleca | Jennifer Garcia | Judith de Méndez | Hilda Gómez | Rodrigo Alfaro | Raul Martínez

2:00 pm

Breaking Down Barriers to Emerging & Innovative Technologies for Everyone
Sarah Norrell, Professional Librarian, Robert R. Muntz Library, The University of Texas at Tyler

Connect Communities with Technology that Matters
Amanda Sweet, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

Design for Diversity: Towards More Inclusive Information Systems
Amanda Rust (Associate Director for Services, Digital Scholarship Group, Northeastern University Library)

Information Gathering, AI and Manipulating Human Behaviour
Linda Feesey, librarian, Toronto Public Library

2:30 pm

Closing Keynote (see above) Р30 minutes.

When you register you receive this email:

Thank you for registering for the Library 2.019 virtual mini-conference, ‚ÄúEmerging Technology,‚ÄĚ on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US Pacific Daylight Time (click¬†https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Library+2.019+Emerging+Technology&iso=20191030T12&p1=283&ah=3¬†to see the time in your local time zone). This should be a great conference–we have over 5000 attendees registered!

This is a free event, thanks to our founding conference sponsor: School of Information at San José State University.

ATTENDING: To attend the conference live please go to the conference schedule page link below, choose your specific time zone, then expand the calendar events to see the links to join each session (sessions and links will only appear a day or two before the event). NOTE: the links to the actual virtual session rooms will not be available until the day of the conference.


The sessions are also listed below in US-PDT (GMT-8), but you will have to do your own time zone conversions if you use them.

If you have friends or colleagues that wish to attend, this is a free event and we encourage you to share our information widely. However, please send them to the conference regis tration page (https://www.library20.com/emergingtech) rather than giving them the above link directly as it will allow us to track participation.

WEBINAR PLATFORM: The keynote sessions are in the Zoom platform, and you should be prompted for any individual computer/browser/mobile setup at the time. The concurrent (non-keynote) conference sessions are being held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices.¬†If you have not used Blackboard Collaborate before, you may be prompted to download the Collaborate “launcher” in order to enter the virtual room. The download time on this can vary, so try entering the following empty session room b etween now and the conference in order to go through this process:¬†https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?password=D.4509CB0F221719A2897A1F1CF3494C&sid=2008350. Once you enter the test session room, then you’re computer is configured and you’re prepared for the event. If you do have any trouble, please review “First time user with Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing” at¬†https://blackboard.secure.force.com/apex/publickbarticleview?id=kA770000000CbIW.

Sessions can be attended using your mobile device. For Apple devices, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-collaborate-mobile/id546742528. For Android devices, go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bbcollaborate.collaborate.

RECORDINGS: The event recordings will appear shortly afterward on Library 2.0 and we will also email you a direct link to a special recordings page to let you know when the recordings have been posted. You need to be registered (free) and logged into the Library 2.0 network to view them.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Please use #library2019 and/or #libraryemergingtech on any social media posts leading up to and during the event. And do encourage others to register in order to attend!


The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events.

Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Commentary from Vance:

This miniconference is one of many in a series whose archives can be found clearly accessible at this page


That page also mentions a webinar conducted by Dr. Steve Albrecht on October 17 entitled “Interacting with the homeless” (in general, but also directed at¬†Library staff, who “should be mindful of their safety and security when dealing with certain parts of this population.” The webinar costs $95 to attend or to have access to the recording, which is unfortunate, but that’s how it is.

However, the email promotion of this webinar is free for anyone to read and gives an eye-opening list of resources associated with the situation of homeless people and their recourse to use of libraries as a space where they can find shelter and food for thought. Have a look at the following if you are concerned with public safety and the decay of social infrastructure in your own environment.


Sat Nov 2 1230 UTC – EdmodoCon free online web conference

EdmodoCon is a global professional development conference that you can attend from the convenience of your laptop or mobile device. Educators from around the world share inspiring stories and practical strategies from the best in the education community.

EdmodoCon was streamed live through Zoom Webinars starting Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 08:30 AM EDT (US and Canada)

You can register here: http://bit.ly/EdmodoCon2019. The link takes you to https://new.edmodo.com/pages/edmodocon

Here are some of the opening scenes from the online conference (no audience was shown while I watched)

Opening remarks: https://www.screencast.com/t/BHhz44I3c6M

Susan Kim: https://www.screencast.com/t/jStjCuzaqDlA

Molly introduces the first speaker: https://www.screencast.com/t/78N4Sof7

Kate Baker gives the keynote: https://www.screencast.com/t/PBELpPeb

It appears to be a flipped conference in so far as preview postings are appearing for some of the presenters. You can see the postings at the link above. For example, Sean Robinson, Empowering Students Through Connections-Based Learning


Sean’s presentation invites us to image:

What if we were to base teaching and learning on human connection? Projects, passions, competencies, and questions can still play a role. But relationships could be at the forefront of our minds. We could pursue learning partners that would help lead our students to acquire the needed skills, knowledge and understanding. Could we adopt a teaching approach that makes connection a priority?

When you register, you get an email that says

Thank you for registering for “EdmodoCon 2019”.
Use the links below (unique to you, not to be shared) to watch EdmodoCon live on Saturday, November 2 with educators all around the world. Follow our official EdmodoCon community page to get updates and resources, learn more about our speakers, and join the conversation with fellow teachers: https://new.edmodo.com/pages/edmodocon. See you there!

For more information, please visit: https://www.edmodocon.com
Please submit any questions to: community@edmodo.com


AFTER the event, Edmodo bots detected that I had been in the room so they sent me an email which included this:


Oh wow! A certificate! I clicked on the link and downloaded the PDF, and here it is:


If you right click on the image and download it to your computer, you can have a certificate too, for vicariously attending by reading this far in my blog post. Yaaaay !!