Re: Webheads in Action: Community formation online and its role inlanguage learning
- Hello James,
and I'm also going to take this opportunity to welcome Joan Miller who joined
us a day or two ago ... and I'm copying this to our existing Webheads group, so
if new members appear, we'll all know how and why. Many of our Webheads
members are familiar with TESOL, having participated in live online sessions at
several TESOL Conferences. TESOL is at http://www.tesol.org in case you need
to know that.
Webheads is a live community of native and non-native speakers and learners of
English who are interested in getting to know each other and in the process
learn a bit about the free synchronous communication software tools that makes
this possible. We've been doing 'our thing' for over three years now.
Meanwhile this TESOL EV Online event came up and I offered to facilitate a
session on how we got our community together online and sustained it.
The course syllabus is at
http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/evonline2002/webheads.htm. As you can see,
we are slated to 'start' January 25.
However, your options for participation are broader than that. You can join
the yahoogroup we've set up for this purpose at
firstname.lastname@example.org (Joan has already done that;
not sure about James Farmer). To join you just send email to that address.
Then you would follow the syllabus as directed.
Alternatively, you can also participate in the real thing. To do this, you
send blank email to email@example.com. In this case we
treat you as a member of our community. You would be invited to send a picture
and and introduction of yourself (all optional; everything is optional in this
group). If received, we would add your picture to our gallery at
http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/webheads.htm. If we receive
an introduction, we start a Webheads web page for you and link it from
http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/students.htm. This would
put you on our listserv as well, though you are able to control what emails you
receive and where they are sent.
You can also participate by just dropping in on our live synchronous chat
sessions held each Sunday noon GMT. We speak in GMT at Webheads. This is
rather early in the morning for people in the USA, though we tend to remain
online till 2 or 3 in the afternoon GMT. In these sessions we meet at
http://www.tappedin.org and we often branch into voice and video web cam chat
using Yahoo Messenger. You can join us if you like (with or without being a
member of our group). There is a url explaining how:
Until January 25 in the TESOL EV Online group will be forming. If you would
like to join us at Webheads meantime, we are a very welcoming community, and
you would meet members of the Tapped In community as well. Feel free to
participate as you like.
All the best,
James Farmer wrote:
> Dear Vance,
> Yes I did receive the e-mail, sorry not to have gotten back to you earlier
> regarding this.
> Downunder we've been getting very involved in online groups, primarily
> using Yahoo! Groups, for the last year & I'm v. interested in engaging
> further with this area, I was especially interested by the passage below:
> *to help each other learn about forming and maintaining robust online
> communities*. We will demonstrate and explore use of the latest synchronous
> and non-synchronous communications technologies, including video and voice,
> while showing delegates around the Webheads community in tours guided by
> community members who can appear online for the occasion.
> I'd love to get involved, I'm currently working on an effective online
> teacher development group as well as using Yahoo! groups with my classes...
> however, I'm not too sure how to join (as I'm not an EFL student) this
> section. Any help would be hugely appreciated.
> James Farmer
> James Farmer
> C.A.L.L. and I.C.T. Coordinator
> La Trobe University Language Centre
> Victoria 3086
> Telephone:+61 3 9479 2451
> Fax:+61 3 9479 3676