- Hi Webheads,
It's been a while since I've updated you on progress on WiAOC, our
online conference, or convergence, as ElderBob got us calling it.
Or perhaps you've been tracking progress youselves at:
or one of the mirror sites:
In a nutshell, the conference is slated to go ahead from Friday to
Sunday, November 18 - 20, 2005. We have three confirmed keynote
speakers: Dave Sperling, Joy Egbert, and Curt Bonk. I'm waiting on
yes or no from a couple others.
The call for papers has gone out to numerous lists:
apacall@..., CALICO-L, CATESOL TELL-IG, DEOS-L,
EgyptWebheads; EuroCALL, Global Learn Day YahooGroup, IATEFL-l, ICIS-
L, ITA-L, Mahdia_2004, Neteach-l, SANTEC, TESLCA-L, TESP-L, and
appears on The Communication Initiative website at
Of course we can use your help in distributing the call to others.
You can find the text of our announcement at Tiny URL:
or simply refer your colleagues to that URL.
The deadline for the CfP is Sept 15. Fernanda has set up a dynamic
submissions site for us that will handle our vetting process and
scheduling as well (Fernanda also did the graphic for our Moodle).
The great thing about the site is that once you've set up your ID
and password you can revisit your proposal as often as you like
between now and Sept 15, so there is no need to have everything
ready offline for submission (did it go? was there a network error?
Do I have to do it all again?? NO this one works very nicely :-)
Try it, you'll like it. We WANT you to try it. We'd like to have as
many proposals from Webheads as possible. We want to know what
you're up to and this is your chance to tell the world. You can
present any time day or night (your day, your night, your choice).
There are from 48 to 72 hours of time available and whereas we don't
intend to fill them all, we have multiple venues, so do the math,
and get your proposals in.
A lot of people have been particularly helpful with this
conference. They are listed at our portal under tasks and teams. I
hesitate to start naming them here for fear of overlooking someone
but I'd like to thank the many who have donated time, expertise, and
server space to our cause. Without such support we could not have
contemplated putting on our own conference, and with so much support
the workload has been distributed to doable levels.
Our next task is to vet the proposals. We have a rubric online that
our current vetting team seems happy with, and you can find it at
Tasks and Teams at our portal.
I'd like to steer you there so you can see who's signed up for this
job so far, and you can see that with each proposal getting three
readers, we could use a few more helpers, in case you anticipate
having some free time toward the end of September.
Other teams are listed there and all need helpers.
Let us hear from you if you'd like to pitch in or you can get in
touch via the proposal submissions form, or both. Or perhaps we'll
see your announcement of our conference on one of the lists we
Thanks for supplying us with a tinyURL for the Tasks
and Teams portal http://tinyurl.com/ad4bk
(The wonders of instant messaging and multitasking!)
Tasks and Teams at our portal.
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