Vance Stevens Plenary at ThaiTESOL on The What, Why, and How of Flipped Learning: Harmonizing diversity by developing skills in podcasting, webcasting, and digital storytelling

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This plenary address was delivered live face-to-face at the ThaiTESOL conference in Bangkok, Thailand, and simulcast by Jeff Magoto as a live webinar recorded in Zoom for the benefit of the EVO Flipped Learning session – here:

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From (link available to registered participants in the Flipped Learning EVO course for 2020)

I was invited,, to give a plenary address at the 40th Thailand TESOL-PAC International Conference at the Ambassador Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, at 13:30 on DAY 1: Thursday, 30 January 2020, on the topic of:

The what, why, and how of flipped learning: Harmonizing diversity by developing skills in podcasting, webcasting, and digital storytelling

The plenary was preceded by 2-weeks of English Language Specialist workshops in Thailand, which can be seen online now at The link was given out prior to the workshops to institutes where the participants were, which does not mean the links always reached the participants in advance, but this would have made it possible for the workshops to be flipped so that background information would have been previewed by participants, who would then focus primarily on the activities in the workshops themselves. Then after the workshops, all participants still had an archive of what they did at the same link.

Following the workshops I gave the plenary at ThaiTESOL on Flipped Learning and Jeff Magoto streamed it directly to the Flipped Learning EVO session as one of their weekly webinars. My plenary took place right after lunch, so I went to the auditorium ahead of time and got set up there and connected in Zoom with the Flipped Learning Webinar, so that the webinar was in session and on the big screen, audio issues more or less resolved, when the plenary audience arrived.

More about the EVO Flipped Learning session here:

The webinar began at 6 am UTC in Zoom,

Announcements: Facebook


Also announced on the Flipped Learning canvas LMS as follows:

The announcement above and the link to readings (and viewings) can be seen by registered FLEVO participants here:


Getting ready for the big event

Outside the auditorium


Setting up with Jeff Magoto


The 2020 EVO Flipped Learning session figured prominently in my plenary address. For their part, for sharing my plenary with them, they sent me a certificate of participation in their session.


This video explains what I had planned here in its wider context

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More about the Jan 20-29 Workshops in Thailand

These are for an
English Language Specialist Project:  Workshops in Thailand January 2020

At find the HOME portal for a series of workshops conducted by English Language Specialist Vance Stevens at various universities and language centers in Thailand to English lecturers and undergraduate and graduate university English majors on using CALL (computer-assisted language learning) and technology for blended classrooms. The workshops model how teachers can create blended learning environments using free Web 2.0 tools and websites.

These workshops encourage and train teachers to learn best practices from peer models, in order to in turn model for their students how technology can best be utilized and applied appropriately in their students’ learning.

There are two workshops in 4 and 2 modules respectively. The modules are designed to be delivered in the amount of time allocated to those workshops at each presentation location in Thailand. Details can be found at

Earlier events

Sat 11 Jan EVO Minecraft MOOC kicked off its 6th season in Discord and Minecraft

Sun 12 Jan 1400 utc EVO kickoff meeting

The EVO20 annual Kickoff event is on January 12, 2020 at 2 PM UTC (9:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Sat Jan 11 – EVO 2020 sessions begin now until Feb 16

More information,

EVO is Electronic Village Online. Its annual 2020 sessions go from Jan 11 to Feb 16 this year.

There’s more information here and a Call for Participation here:

In 2020 there are 15 sessions

Click on the links to find out how to sign up

The following invitation was generated from Heike’s Ning …

Invitation to EVO session

Immersive Language Learning in Virtual Worlds

11 January 2020 – 16 February 2020

To talk to others live online is the best and sometimes cheapest way of practicing a language in real-time with via internet. Virtual environments offer opportunities to meet speakers of other languages and native speakers alike but there are many 3D spaces out there and sometimes it is difficult to decide which one to join. Which virtual world is suitable for language education? What kind of equipment or software do you need? How long does it take to get to know this world before we introduce this to our students? Is this virtual space safe for our learners?  Come join to find out. For a period of 5 weeks we meet online twice or three times a week to explore some 12 different virtual 3D environments and look at how these could be used for language teaching and learning. An EVO session is a free online workshop aimed at professional languageeducators with teaching experience, language consultants, language schools or publishers.Everyone can attend even without a fast computer and you do not need an HMD headset nor any special technical skills. We will meet in a video conferencing solution called Zoom and will use screensharing to showcase. We hope our participants join us actively in trying to evaluate these environments to come up with our top 5 virtual spaces suitable for language learning. For more information see and we look forward to you signing up using this Google form

Jan 21 Vanessa Paz Dennen and JiYae Bong describe research on participants a MOOC that focused on social media use

Posted in MyTESOL Lounge,
Faridah Pawan
The URL below is the recorded conversation undertaken on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Vanessa Paz Dennen and JiYae Bong from Florida State University describe their research on the dialogues and the engagement patterns of an international group of participants a MOOC that focused on social media use. Although their perspective is that of instructional designers and researchers, their insights may be of use to the TESOL audience interested in the online medium as a medium of instruction.  As with all ongoing research, the speakers demonstrate constant problematization at several levels including at the theoretical level (Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions theory) and in the appropropriateness and adequacy of the conceptual categorizations of “national,” organizational and tool cultures.  Pedagogical implications are discussed with the caveat that there is much that remains unknown and to be explored.


Paper: Dennen, V. P. & Bong, J. (2018). Cross-cultural dialogues in an open online course: Navigating national and organizational cultural differences. TechTrends, 62,  383–392.

2 thoughts on “Vance Stevens Plenary at ThaiTESOL on The What, Why, and How of Flipped Learning: Harmonizing diversity by developing skills in podcasting, webcasting, and digital storytelling

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