Vance Stevens and Laine Marshall discuss SOFLA in detail at the 16th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar

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Learning2gether Episode 477
16th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar
and TALIN webinar #31


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The 16th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar on Sunday, July 12, 2020, was a sneak preview of Vance’s basic strategy for modeling for PhD candidates in Morocco best practices for OLLT, Online Language Learning and Teaching, the title of the webinar I have been asked to present on July 16. This session was one of the ways I was preparing for that presentation.

This is the first of three webinars in a series, where I prepared, modeled, and then debriefed my workshop on SOFLA, which stands for Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach

  1. Preparation on Sun July 12, 2020 – Vance Stevens and Laine Marshall discuss SOFLA in detail at the 16th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar (this blog post)
  2. Delivery on Thu July 16, 2020 – Vance Stevens presents a workshop to Moroccan teachers on SOFLA and Online Language Learning and Teaching
  3. Debrief on Sun July 19, 2020 – SOFLA advanced and critiqued at the 17th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar, with Vance Stevens, Laine Marxhall, Graham Stanley, Jeff Lebow, and Heike Philp


Serendipitously, Laine Marshall was present. I had decided to frame my presentation strategy on her SOFLA model, since that model emphasises teacher presence and student engagement aspects of the Community of Inquiry approach while couching the flow of a flipped language learning online lesson in 8 steps, which could be adapted and modeled for participants in a professional development webinar. Some of the ramifications of adapting the student delivery framework to an audience of peers in professional development are discussed in the webinar recording.

Also present were Maha Hassan, Tom Leverett, Kip Boahn and Mercedes Viola Deambrosis in the Facebook stream, and Graham Stanley. Graham has become a most welcome contributor to our TALIN series of Learning2gether webinars. He was particularly interested in this one because he is himself giving a professional development webinar on July 24 and he too would like to apply the SOFLA model then. In fact, he proposed that we meet again next Sunday at the July 19 Webheads Weekly Sandbox event and compare notes, after I have given my presentation on the 16th.

Here are the 8 steps illustrated in one of the graphics soon to be published in Marshall and Kostka (2020, forthcoming).


I became keenly interested in her approach while editing the above-mentioned article for the On the Internet section in the next issue of TESL-EJ. The article is due to be published around the first of August (you’ll know it is published when its paginated PDF file has been posted online). A sneak preview version is already online (but please don’t quote from this version until the paginated PDF version appears at the end of the month). Here is where the current version is hidden.

Marshall, H.W. & Kostka, I. (2020, forthcoming). Fostering teaching presence through the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach. TESL-EJ, 24(2), page numbers available only after the PDF is officially published, but a working draft is available for preview:

When the article has been officially published, I will alter the above text accordingly, and you will find the PDF online here:

Here are some links related to Vance’s upcoming July 16 webinar


My plenary at ThaiTESOL 2020 on the what, why, and how of flipped learning

As a logo for this Webheads Sandbox webinar, I used one I created for the plenary on flipped learning that I delivered at the most recent ThaiTESOL conference on January 30, 2020.


Here are some links to the Reflection side of that flipped plenary
Reflection is the 8th step in the SOFLA model, where students or webinar participants write out or record a short reflection on what resonated with them most in the preceding event.

There was, practically speaking, no Pre-Work possible when “flipping” this plenary


So far, the ones here are full texts I was pointed to by Marshall and Kostka (2020)
More will be added

Garrison, D.R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2000). Critical inquiry in a text-based environment: Computer conferencing in higher education. Internet and Higher Education, 2(2-3), 87−105. Full text available:

Fethi, K. & Marshall, H.W. (2018). Flipping movies for dynamic engagement. In J. Mehring, & A. Leis (Eds.), Innovations in flipped learning in the language classroom: Theories and practice. (pp. 185-202). Springer Nature.  Request full-text at

Marshall, H.W. & Kostka, I. (2020, forthcoming). Fostering Teaching Presence through the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach.TESL-EJ, 24(2).

Marshall, H.W., & Parris, H. (2020). Jump start your flipped learning: Nuts and bolts. Mosaic. Retrieved from

Zoom Chat Logs

20:20:47 From Vance Stevens : Here is the link to the portal I am preparing for  the July 16 webinar with the Moroccan PhD studetns:
20:43:37 From Graham Stanley : Flipped Learning Q&A with Laine Marshall and Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago
20:44:49 From Maha Hassan : Thanks

The above event happens on Tuesday July 14 at noon UTC
The text says to join the live session here


20:48:06 From Laine Marshall : FLIP TECH Attendee Form;!!DeIc-uvKXH9G!rDujZCO6GWtB9KMZAx7vvP9eg2wH2zu8Mcez_51mpBt8QOY9zzLZc82J9ePNfnkR26u-$

Here is what the above form looks like after filling in.
It has a link to the 25-page schedule here:


20:48:28 From Laine Marshall : FLLIP TECH Flyer:;!!DeIc-uvKXH9G!rDujZCO6GWtB9KMZAx7vvP9eg2wH2zu8Mcez_51mpBt8QOY9zzLZc82J9ePNftcMUbHF$

Here is the flyer. The schedule below the flyer is the same one as at

20:48:47 From Laine Marshall : FLIP TECH Schedule;!!DeIc-uvKXH9G!rDujZCO6GWtB9KMZAx7vvP9eg2wH2zu8Mcez_51mpBt8QOY9zzLZc82J9ePNfpDaZn11$
20:55:42 From Graham Stanley : Thanks! Signed up and shared to

Here is what Graham posted to Remote Teaching. The TinyURLs point to Laine’s links


20:58:39 From Laine Marshall : Not everyone wants to assemble their own Light Board kit. Request a quote for a pre-built kit from!
20:59:04 From Laine Marshall :

At the end of the discussion, we went around the room inviting anyone to speak their minds. Tom Leverett turns out to be of Scottish descent and he spoke of using TALIN tools to help resurrect his mother, or grand mother, or great-great grandmother tongue, prompting Graham to Google: 

21:08:22 From Graham Stanley :
21:13:24 From Laine Marshall : Gàidhlig @ Tom
21:13:49 From Laine Marshall : Native speakers‎: ‎57,000

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The idea for TALIN was prompted by suggestions in numerous cross-fertilizing communities of practice that there was needed a space where members of these CoPs could meet online and talk informally to one another about how they are dealing with changes in their personal and professional contexts and what they are doing to help others in this trying time of pandemic.

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Earlier Events

Sun 5 July noon UTC – Graham Stanley hosts the 15th Webheads Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar

Tue 7 July 0001 midnight  UTC VSTE Minecraft Mondays July 6 – 8 pm EDT Dark Knight’s fireworks display


At this month’s Minecraft Monday event, Dark Knight was scheduled to show the group how to build fireworks in Minecraft and put on a spectacular fireworks show!

Kim K4sons notes:
He did this with the East Coast Miners group the previous Friday and it was FUN!

NOTE: The VSTE Place Minecraft Server has MOVED!

We still have the old Beastnode server so don’t delete it, but please rename it. It is currently offline but will be used in the future for special events. Maybe VSTE Special Events server would be a good name! Watch for updates about this. Simply click the server in the list and click to edit it.


The new server address., with port, is:


Tim Owens is now hosting the server. Thank you, Tim! There is more memory allocated to it and we should be able to have more participants with less lag.

Joseph Knight did all the required technical things to accomplish the move. Thank you, Joseph! I enjoyed all the geek talk that I didn’t understand. 😀

There is a dynamic map of VSTE Place that is kind of fun to see.
You can access it conveniently here:

We are currently operating at 1.15.2. Let me know if you need help rolling back since the new update.

Kim AKA K4sons

Wed 8 July – Free Online International Doctoral Research Conference in Education

The Online International Doctoral Research Conference in Education will take place on 8th July 2020 by video conference. This will be a fully online event. The conference is aimed at postgraduate research students around the world who are working in the field of educational research and who wish to present their work to a like-minded audience of doctoral students, early career researchers (those within 2 years of their PhD defence), and academics.

The conference is free to attend and free to present at.

The event was planned as a mixture of participant presentations
and involvef several keynote speakers, including:

  • Dr Peter Kahn, Centre for Higher Education Studies, Liverpool University, UK.
  • Dr Gary Motteram, Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK.

This event is organised by the Centre for Educational Research (CERES) in the School of Education at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK

Wed 8 July 0500 UTC – 1st International Virtual ELT Web Conference on Using Innovative Methods in ELT

1st International Virtual ELT Web Conference “The Importance of Using Innovative Methods in ELT Classroom” took place on Wednesday 8 July 2020 at ELC-Ibri College of Technology.

It officially launched at 09:00 am Oman Standard Time (GTM+4) through Microsoft Teams platform.

Kindly register through this link:

June 15 to July 9 Manchester Institute of Education: Moving teaching and learning online

Gary Motteram reports: 

We ran a series of eight sessions on Teaching and Learning Online for colleagues in the Manchester Institute of Education and the wider School of Education, Environment and Development at the University of Manchester.

Here is a link to the recordings and resources:

Sat 11 July 1900 UTC – Africa TESOL Monthly Webinar

To register for the webinar, please visit the link below.…/register/WN_tzJ_GjxrTrCa6jkRLNDpTA

Sat 11 July 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

 If you don’t have a Second Life account get one, it’s free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here:

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link
et voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest.

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The date of this update is July 21, 2020 03:00 UTC

2 thoughts on “Vance Stevens and Laine Marshall discuss SOFLA in detail at the 16th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar

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