Vance Stevens on sustaining online teacher professional development at the 5th EFLtalks and World Teachers’ Day

Learning2gether Episode 493
27th Webheads Revival Weekly Sandbox Open Mic FUNinar


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The EFLtalks video will be posted here when ready (Rob said 2 weeks)

On Sunday Oct 4 there was a Teachers’ Day 5th anniversary of Rob Howard’s EFLtalks. The 50 talks, each one 10 slides and 10 minutes long, start at 8 am UTC and go on till 8 pm UTC. In the five times he’s done this, Rob has accumulated more than 500 ten minute videos of teachers talking about various aspects of their craft. They are streamed and permanently stored on 

Webheads in Action FUNinars take place at noon UTC on Sundays. I had arranged to give my EFLtalk at exactly that time and for exactly ten minutes. The talk was proposed as an Encapsulated history of teacher professional development from Web 2.0 through Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN and the New Normal. Sure to be an action packed ten minutes, viewers could catch it either in the EFLtalks YouTube stream, or at the WiA FUNinar screen-shared in Zoom and streamed in turn onto Facebook.


Anyone coming to the FUNinar event would have found Bobbi and I in our home studio. Bobbi was in one part of the studio in the Webheads Zoom room. She picked up my talk on the EFLtalks stream; to prevent sound from one computer creating feedback on another, I was in another part of the studio GIVING the talk, in the EFLtalks Zoom room (for presenters only). After a thankfully brief ten minutes I left that Zoom room and joined the Webhead participants (Bobbi and Heike Philp) in the Webheads one, where we could talk about, you know, the usual 🙂


Vance Stevens EFLtalk entitled “An encapsulated history of teacher Professional Development from Web 2.0 through Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN and the New Normal”


Anyone can access the slides at



I stumbled into Web 2.0 when I was teaching EFL online at the turn of the century and was soon attracting teaching peers to our voice-enabled online classes. In 2002 I organized a workshop through EVO (Electronic Village Online) which I called Webheads in Action. This turned into a movement that sustains itself to this day, and in fact is undergoing a resurgence prompted by new demands on teachers responding to teaching challenges during pandemic. Ten years earlier I had started Learning2gether, a podcast series which has produced almost 500 episodes by now, including over two dozen resurgent Webheads in Action Open Mic FUNinars since March, which coincided with a surge of webinars responding to my call for teachers to Learn Together about TALIN, Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN. TALIN wound down after 38 webinars, but has morphed into TALIN2,, Teaching and Learning in the New Normal. 

The warp of these many strands of ongoing teacher professional development these past two decades is woven into a weft of threads where Web 2.0 and open ended computer-mediated communication became focused on flipped and blended learning in the classroom, which in turn has helped teachers respond to the need to move into purely online environments, and eventually cope with hybrid ones, which is where we find ourselves on this World Teachers Day, 2020. 


I rehearsed the presentation two hours before I gave it and streamed that onto the Learning2gether Facebook page,, so followers of that page got a preview of my talk. There was a glitch (web cam covering up a critical part of my slide show; something to be wary of at show time) but as it was just a rehearsal I restarted my presentation. If you want to skip all that, start viewing at 5 minutes into this video …


About the EFLtalks 5th Anniversary event

EFLtalks are short pecha kuchas in which presenters have ten minutes to get through ten slides each, one after another.

This event was held in Zoom (link sent to presenters only) but was simulcasted live on the EFLtalks YouTube channel  

For more information, see 
and about this event: 

Here is what Rob said was the “hopefully” final schedule, as displayed at the last link above, on Sun Oct 4 03:00 UTC


World Teachers’ Day

World Teachers’ Day occurs on Oct 5 of each year’_Day 

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Chat Logs

Chat was logged in three places, the Facebook livestream, the Zoom chat, and in the YouTube livestream. We didn’t record our Zoom session except via Facebook and the YouTube chat would be too difficult to tease out — but here’s what we got in Facebook. 

From the Webheads in Action Facebook livestream

Bobbi Stevens · 0:00 Nice to see you!
Doris Molero · 0:51 [So Proud] graphic
Doris Molero · 2:27 😁
Mike Kenteris · 3:03 Awesome! Well done, Vance!
Doris Molero · 8:55 Webheads Rock!!!
Heike Philp · 10:55 hi Bobbi, pls maximise your browser window with Vance’s presentation to full-screen – else it is too small to read
Maru Del Campo · 13:30 So proud Vance!
Doris Molero · 15:09 Besitos Bobbi Stevens and Heike Philp

Bobbi thought Heike meant for her to maximize the browser itself and she tried to act on these instructions. What Heike had meant was for her to maximize the video playing within the browser. This caused the change in presentation toward the end of the recording, but we have multiple versions, and the presentation was almost done anyway, so of little consequence.


Promotion and Feedback

The 27th Weekly Webheads in Action FUNinar was announced at these Facebook groups

And announced as a calendar event on the Webheads in Action here 

The part of the EFLtalks where I was presenting at noon UTC was screen shared in Zoom and streamed on


Earlier Events

Sun 27 Sept noon UTC
26th Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) taking place September 28-30, 2020

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) is happening from September 1-30, 2020 and Smore

The theme of the current MOOC is peace through learning and connecting online for instruction and learning via web technologies such as Second Life and Virtual Worlds. The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through Second Life. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats. 


  1. Presentations
  2. YouTube playlist: 

VWMOOC20 Mon Sept 28 1400 UTC – Dr. Aabha Sharma

Dr. Aabha Sharma

Develop Hardiness for the Hard times
Significance of 3 C’s

VWMOOC20 Tue Sept 29 1900 UTC – Jarosław Maciejewski 

Jarosław Maciejewski (NitroPL)
A short presentation about artistic bots in Second Life and tour to own artist bot – Leonardo De ArtBot

SLURL: Leonardo De ArtBot – The Dreamed Art 

Leonardo De Artbot website –


VWMOOC20 Wed Sept 30 1900 UTC – Closing Ceremony: Looking ahead to VWMOOC21

Dr. Nellie Deutsch (Nellie Homewood),Dr. Doris Molero (Pionia Destiny), and Dr. Nan Zingrone (Maggie Larimore) 

Closing Ceremony at the The Chilbo Nature & Sculpture Garden 

and Closing Dance

Thu 1 Oct noon UTC Suresh Canagarajah and others at online English as a Lingua Franca and multilingualism seminar

 ME of the ENRICH Project in Rome, Italy, 1st October 2020, 2.00-6.30 pm Italian Time.

In order to participate it is necessary to first register using a Google form that you reach through the following link that you can either click on or paste it onto your browser:…/1FAIpQLSevlWDDxEaF4M…/viewform
you can then connect to Zoom.

I attended but I did not encounter Dr. Canagarajah



Fri 2 Oct 1630 UCT online LIVE event of poetry, prose and other readings in foreign languages

Marijana Smolčec announces· 

Image may contain: text that says 'European Day of Languages Večer poezije, proze i drame na europskim jezicima JOIN US FOR POETRY NIGHT READING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES ONLINE EVENT FRIDAY2 October 18.30 CEST Adobe Connect https://onnet.tronet.h/ginsrukug/ organized by Gimnazija strukovna škole Bernardina Frankopana, Ogulin, CROATIA'

For the first time due to this COVID-19 pandemic situation our team of language teachers have decided not to give up on our usually local ONSITE event organized as a part of European Day of Languages. In order to keep the tradition we will be having an online LIVE event of Poetry, prose and other readings in foreign languages and we are inviting you all to join us on

Friday, 2 October at 18.30 CEST (16.30 GMT)  via our school Adobe Connect virtual room,

If you are willing to read something in your mother tongue, let me know by Wednesday evening or come as audience and enjoy the fun, improvisation, poetry & prose in many EU and world languages! 

📌Let the multicultural bondings begin! 🙂 🥳

So far we will have our students of Gimnazija i strukovna škola Bernardina Frankopana, students of Prva hrvatska riječka gimnazija, primary school students of Prva osnovna škola Ogulin read to us in Croatian, German, English, Italian Latin, Spanish…there are some guests from Brazil and Spain joining us as well – hope there will be more of you. 

Please be our guest! 🙂 #virtualcakes available, #drinksonme 

Mon-Sat 28 Sept to Oct 3 – The AZCALL 2020 Virtual Conference – registration free

Due to the current pandemic, our 2020 conference will be held fully online, from September 28 to October 3, 2020.

AZCALL Website –
Facebook –

A GUIDE TO AZCALL 2020 – General Format
AZCAL L 2020 is a fully online conference with both synchronous and asynchronous presentations and demonstrations for attendees.

Video Presentations
All presentations will be available via our conference website playlist.

Attendees can watch presentations on their own schedule and they can write their comments and questions to the presenters on the same website.
Register here for free 

Synchronous sessions
There will be live sessions from Dr. Elola and Dr. Taguchi on Oct 3rd.

Plenary talks: 
Registration for the plenary talks requires an extra step (sorry). Click on the links below to register for each live plenary.

  1. Dr. Idoia Elola (Oct. 3rd 12noon PDT/AZ time):  
    Redefining and expanding the scope of L2 digital writing

  2. Dr. Naoko Taguchi (Oct. 3rd 3pm PDT/AZ time):
    Digital games for teaching and learning pragmatics

Happy Hour:
We will be hosting a Happy Hour with presenters, Dr. Idoia Elola, Dr. Naoko Taguchi, and Dr. Bryan Smith after the second plenary talk to allow a more vivid interaction and networking among presenters and attendees. Please make sure to check the Program for more detail on the virtual Zoom link for Happy Hour.

For all questions please contact us at
AZCALL 2020 Organization Committee
AZCALL Website


Sat 3 Oct 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

About this intitiative,

Jaz and Thunder are at VSTE Space in Second Life every Saturday morning from 5 am to 7 am Pacific time. Feel free to come learn more about the VSTE VE PLN there or follow them on Facebook:

 Below are directions for joining the VSTE VE PLN in Second Life and Minecraft

Basic directions to join VSTE Spaces

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: 

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link 
  3. and 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 Oct 5, 2020 11:00 UTC

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