Thanks for the information. I know Dafne and Teresa well and their online
teaching/learning philosophy echoes mine. Isn't their pbworks site viewable
from anywhere? (like if you posted its URL)? You are welcome to give them
ours. I encourage others in our respective PLNs to join us so that we can
have a wider perspective, as is argued in the title of this article, Online,
Bigger Classes May Be Better Classes, Experimenters say diversity means
What do you think about D2L as a discussion forum as opposed to YGroups /
Grouply? I used it the first time I taught this course and liked it as a
discussion forum. It was threaded and easy to follow. However, it all
disappeared at the end of the course. Each of your YGroup postings has its
own URL and you can follow this list in your feed reader if you want, it
has an RSS feed. To achieve this messages must be made public. If you feel
that your work here should be off record and impermanent, then D2L fits that
bill. If you would like to keep and refer to the record even years later
(and see what others have posted before you) then the YGroup has obvious
Personally I like the network aspect. We haven't seen people from previous
courses post here yet, but I'm sure they are lurking. We've had a number of
people not enrolled in the TESOL course join both our YGroup and Ning just
before the course started, so again I like the public aspect and the
potential for wider perspective. All are welcome to contribute
What do you think?
On Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 3:54 AM, Sarah <sarahsahr@...> wrote:
> Hi Vance,
> Currently I am taking PP104 with Dafne and Teresa. They have the same kind
> of set up with PBworks. I think you are "webheads" together? Anyway, we get
> our assignments from PBworks and then have our discussions on the D2L site.
> It's a nice blend of both worlds. If you want, I'll ask if you can see their
> PB page...?
> Besides that, I've taken PP100, 103, 104, 105, and 107. PP200 will finish
> up the 6 classes needed for the Principles and Practices certificate.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <multilit%40yahoogroups.com>, "Glenn V"
> <vancestev@...> wrote:
> > Nice to see ALL of your here. I wonder if you'd clue me in either here or
> in a blog post what other courses you've been taking, gosh FIVE already with
> PPOT and the third one together. I've picked up from my students when I've
> taught these courses in the past that they have frequently been together
> before. Anyway, I'm curious how this course fits in from your perspective.
> > I think PPOT ought to encourage its instructors to take each other's
> courses (by offering them places in the courses for free -- maybe I should
> suggest that :-). Because I'm totally in the dark. I have NO idea what's
> going on in the other courses. And I doubt that other instructors in the
> program are aware of what's happening in this one, although this one you can
> at least SEE without a D2L login. Still, there is too little cross
> fertilization IMHO.
> > So any feedback appreciated,
> > Vance
> > --- In email@example.com <multilit%40yahoogroups.com>, "MARIA
> LAURA" <mld1935@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi Sarah !!
> > > Nice to see you here ! I think this is our third course together.
> > > See you
> > > M.Laura
> > >
> > > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <multilit%40yahoogroups.com>, "Sarah"
> <sarahsahr@> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Greetings! My name is Sarah Sahr and I live in Washington DC, the
> city. This is my fifth class with Principles & Practices and I have enjoyed
> each one. I have a BS in Communications/Theatre Arts and my MA is in ESOL:
> Leadership in Teaching. I have a Maryland teaching certificate grades 8-12
> in English and ESL. However, I have been out of the classroom for a quite
> some time.
> > > >
> > > > Right out of undergrad, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching
> English grades 10 & 11 in Ethiopia. When I returned home, I joined Ringling
> Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus as their travelling school teacher, where I
> met my husband. The last 5 years of my life, Matt and I have been living
> overseas. I have managed a school in Vietnam, trained teachers in South
> Korea and implemented school reform in Qatar. Most recently, we've returned
> from Ecuador were we managed an eco-lodge as a kind of "mid-career
> retirement." Needless to say, we love to live/experience in different
> cultures. (We are still trying to figure out why we are back in the States.)
> > > >
> > > > Can't wait to meet you all! peace-
> > > >
> > >
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