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3314Re: [LearningTechnologiesSIG] Webinar: Maintaining and developing an online community of practice

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  • Derya Kulavuz-Onal
    Feb 15, 2014
      Thanks Heike for the announcement! Will it be recorded and archived somewhere? I'm in Maryland and it will be 5 am in the morning here :(

      Derya Kulavuz-Onal, Ph.D.
      Visiting Assistant Professor
      Applied Linguistics/TESOL
      Department of English
      Salisbury University
      1101 Camden Ave. HH 362
      Salisbury, MD, 21801
      Email: kulavuzd@...

      On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 12:48 PM, <heike.philp@...> wrote:

      Webinar: Maintaining and developing an online community of practice

      with Lesley CioccarelliAndrea RivettKristin WaltersNicki Blake & Juanita De Souza

      Event in collaboration with #AusELT

      When: Sunday 16 February 2014, GMT 10:00 [Note earlier time], Sydney 9pm 
      Find the time in your time zone by clicking http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20140216T10

      Where: The event takes place in the IATEFL online conference room.


      The meeting room will be open half an hour before the webinar begins.
      Please log in using the format: Name - Location. For example, Hal Jordan - Coast City.

      Most teachers who utilise online resources for professional development are familiar with the idea of the PLN (personal learning network). However, in many cases these individualised networks draw their strength from larger online communities of practice, for example, #ELTchat, which has a global reach, and #AusELT, which centres on the Australasian region although it has members from around the world. An online community of practice adds breadth and depth to otherwise “shallow” connections, and brings many more opportunities to the attention of its members – but it can also be difficult to maintain, and may encounter new challenges as it grows. In this practical webinar, drawing on our experiences in #AusELT, we will look at the different stages that can be expected once an online community has been established, and make some suggestions for safe maintenance and growth of a community. We will explore both teachers’ and managers’ perspectives on being part of an online community of practice, as well as their strategies for promoting uptake of this valuable personal and professional development resource. We hope that this webinar will inspire and prepare others who are taking a similar journey.


      Lesley Cioccarelli teaches English to adult migrants and refugees at Canberra Institute of Technology.  She also provides academic and learning support to students in their vocational education courses.  Lesley has a strong passion for informal learning through networking online.  She has developed and manages an online community of practice (CoP) for her faculty at her vocational education and training college, and uses social media extensively to learn and share online. Besides an MA TESOL, she has also completed a Master of Online Education, which included a research project on the CoP mentioned above.

      Andrea Rivett is the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program Coordinator at Interskills, South Australia. She has experience teaching and coordinating Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN), General English, Academic Pathway and Exam English language courses in South Australia and abroad. Andrea has a keen interest in online learning and communities of practice.

      Currently, Kristin Walters is in the role of Academic Team Leader, General English, at the new Military Technological College in Muscat, Oman. She has recently relocated to the Gulf after working in teacher education in Australia for 9 years, and in Malaysia/SEA for 18 years prior to that.Kristin completed her MA Education in 2011 which focussed on using technology in language teaching. Kristin’s areas of interest include teaching pronunciation and teacher education. She uses social media and technology to continue to learn about learning and teaching. She is also interested in CoPs in the workplace and online.

      Nicki Blake is the Director of Studies at Kaplan International English in Perth, Western Australia. She holds an MA in Communication, and has recently completed an M.ED in TESOL. She is most interested in how CoPs can benefit academic managers and how they can then take those benefits to classroom teachers. Nicki uses many forms of social media for personal professional development and networking.

      Juanita de Souza is the Director of Studies at Kaplan International English in Manly, Sydney, New South  Wales.  She worked in the People’s republic of China for 7 years and there became an avid user of social media to keep in contact with friends and family back home.  She spent 5 years working in teacher education in Australia and in that time developed an interest in CoPs and became a passionate advocate of technology in the classroom particularly with mobile devices.  Over recent years interest has waned as time has diminished, so too has her involvement and thus she has particular interest in how to keep people engaged in the CoP.


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