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These slides can be viewed in tandem with the podcast of a live event at the ESL Educators Conference. (8/10/07) Podcast at http://michaelc.podomatic.com/entry/2007-10-08T07_51_33-07_00

These slides can be viewed in tandem with the podcast of a live event at the ESL Educators Conference. (8/10/07) Podcast at http://michaelc.podomatic.com/entry/2007-10-08T07_51_33-07_00

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Developing Online Community Developing Online Community Presentation Transcript

  • Developing Online Community ESLE Conference Adelaide, Oct 8 th , 2007
  • Multiple Venue Presentation (MVP)
    • An event that blends live online and face to face audiences
  • Education Development Centre (venue for live event on Oct 8 th , ’07)
  • MULTIPLE VENUE PRESENTATIONS (MVPs) remote students guest lecturer CLASSROOM/ F2F VENUE public space
  • WHO’S ONLINE TODAY?
  • Community
    • What is it?
    • Why?
    • 21 st century life
  • Internet and Community- what happens?
    • You connect less with some of the people around you in your daily life
    • You connect with people you already know via a different medium (online)
    • You connect with people you would otherwise have had no contact with
  • Online Community – what’s the appeal?
    • You connect less with some of the people around you in your daily life!
    • You connect with people you already know via a different medium (online). (You get to know people differently)
    • You connect with people you would otherwise have had no contact with
  • Online Community – what’s the appeal?
    • You can connect with multiple people with similar interests at the same time (many to many communication.) (Group discussion)
    • Maybe it’s just easier?
  • Backdrop: Social Networking Sites
    • MySpace, Facebook ( 75% of yr 11/12 students in Australia have a MySpace site)
    • Flickr (photo sharing)
    • YouTube (video sharing)
    • etc
  • Developing Online Community The Webheads Experience
  • Where do we fit? Face to face Community IT Community IT Individuals + WEBHEADS = + IT Community
  • The Palace
  • Webheads - origin
    • Vance’s class were online after mine
    • We decided to unite the classes
    • Obvious signs that the group wanted to stay together
    • Vance proposed that we call ourselves WEBHEADS
  • Who are the Webheads?
    • “an experiment in world friendship through online language learning”
    300 + members
  • Where are the Webheads? in approximately 50 countries
  • Webheads Today
    • In 2007, the Webheads community is alive and well (weekly meeting, daily communication, many gather each year at the international TESOL convention in March, Elizabeth and partner visited me here last summer….)
  • How/why has this community survived?
  • Webheads Drivers
    • Initially, the vision and enthusiasm of one person – the leader, and no #1 cat herder (Vance Stevens)
    • Vision and enthusiasm of several key members
    • Common causes :
      • ESL/EFL/language teaching and learning
      • International friendship
      • Interest in exploring technology
    • Refocusing
    • Changes in membership
  • Webheads Drivers
    • Ongoing personal gain; “What I receive is worthwhile; what I give is valued”
    • Synchronous meetings (always 2 per wk – a ‘student meeting’, and a ‘teachers meeting)
  • Synchronous Meetings
    • Tapped In:
      • Weekly regular event (Tapped In)
      • Instant Messengers, Virtual Classrooms > voice interaction; webcams
  • Other Webhead Events
    • Dafne (Caracas)
    • Aiden (Taiwan)
    • Conferences/Workshops/ Social
  • Community Roles (Wenger)
    • The inspirational leadership provided by thought leaders and recognized experts
    • The day-to-day leadership provided by those who organize activities
    • The classificatory leadership provided by those who collect and organize information in order to document practices
    • The interpersonal leadership provided by those who weave the community's social fabric
  • Community Roles (Wenger)
    • The boundary leadership provided by those who connect the community to other communities
    • The institutional leadership provided by those who maintain links with other organizational constituencies, in particular the official hierarchy
    • The cutting-edge leadership provided by those who shepherd "out-of-the-box" initiatives.
  • Domain. Community. Practice.
    • Domain:   This is the participants’ common ground – their understanding of the common issues and use of a common ‘language’.
    • Community:   This is the socialising, collegiate, relationship element between the participants. 
    • Practice: This is the processes by which participants learn by sharing skills and information, and accumulate and disseminate knowledge.  
    • (from Marlene Manto)
  • The role of technology in sustaining this community
    • Enables communication across place and time
    • Affords several modes of communication (email, discussion boards, Instant Messaging, blogs, voice tools, webcams, virtual classrooms, websites)
    • The email listserv is the lifeblood
  • The role of technology in sustaining this community
    • Activities
      • Teaching and learning
      • Trialling tools
      • Co-delivery of conferences and workshops
      • Student activity
    • Sustained activity has created a reputation where we are now approached to trial tools, and present at conferences (so technology is still the mechanism and in part, the purpose)
    • The wow factor maintains……
  • WEBHEADS WEBSITE(S)
    • Collective and individual spaces (pages, blogs, wikis)
    • Photos (people, colleges, places of work, family)
    • Writings on individual pages
    • Resources found and/or created by the community
    • All of this can be shared via the Web
  • Cornerstones: Technology -
    • Enables regular group and one on one communications
    • Brings together people who otherwise would be unknown to each other
    • Affords multiple channels of communication
    • Provides for individual and collective needs
    • Provides shared public and permanent record for all to see
    • Allows everyone to contribute to this shared record
    • Can you build relationships... …online?
    • Can you build social capital …online?
    • Can community develop… …online?
    THE BIG QUESTIONS……
    • Can you build relationships... …online?
    • Can you build social capital …online?
    • Can community develop… …online?
    • YES!!
    THE BIG QUESTIONS……
  • Joining the Webheads
    • Send an email to
    • evonline2002_webheads-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
    • Annual 6 wk seminar over the Australian summer (as part of annual TESOL convention)
  • The Internet is….
    • “ not about dot coms, online malls…. It’s not about routers, servers, browsers.…In fact, the Internet isn’t even about technology. It’s about us. The collective us.”
    • COMMONSPACE: Beyond Virtual Community:
    • Surman & Wershler-Henry; 2001
    • for more information contact Michael Coghlan
    • [email_address]
    • THANK YOU 