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

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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 LINKhttps://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 (“tags”): 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.

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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 – 4:16 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 🇵🇰
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’ll 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 – 2 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.” 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 🙂 Vance

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