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Feb 20, 2009 I gave a talk entitled "After a decade of inroads, SUCCESS in modeling blended learning in theory AND practice at F2F and online conferences" at AACE's Spaces of Interaction: An online …

Feb 20, 2009 I gave a talk entitled "After a decade of inroads, SUCCESS in modeling blended learning in theory AND practice at F2F and online conferences" at AACE's Spaces of Interaction: An online conversation on improving traditional conferences. http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/ - Speaker schedule: http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/speakers/ - George Siemens's 4 min. introduction to the event: http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/intro/player.html - Ning http://aacecommunity.ning.com/ for conversation and brainstorming before, during, and after the presentations.

My abstract: The presenter has been a long-time advocate and agitator for broadcasting online both into and out of on-site professional development events and conferences. The presenter describes inroads made during the past decade from 1999 to the present in making conferences accessible to many more than just their physically present delegates. Having debunked the myth that if conferences were open to online access on-site attendance would drop off, a case is made for the opposite scenario: that broadening channels for conversation at conference venues is a win-win situation in which everyone benefits, and conferences where these channels are blocked are the dinosaurs doomed to extinction.

* You can follow the draft as it develops at http://tinyurl.com/aace-vance
* The presentation was recorded and is available here: http://aace.na4.acrobat.com/p92907860/

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  • Vance, the last link you provided was broken....Here is the good one: http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/
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  • Thanks, Vance. Enjoyed it very much. Very informative. I like a lot the way you leave the door open for more by providing the relevant links.
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  • Nina, you are already one! And later is better than never :)

    Cheers!
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  • The Slideshare upload and conversion process has resulted in glitches in a couple of the slides.

    FIRST CONVERSION ERROR
    In slide 31 of 34, the Prime role of conferences: Modeling heuristics for effective learning, the two hyperlinks in the sidebar are neither legible nor clickable - These should read:
    Click here for:

    - The slide show of the presentation this comes from: http://tinyurl.com/5qmuxd
    - An Elluminate recording of essentially the same presentation from the Exeter slides, but given in Abu Dhabi: http://tinyurl.com/468qrp

    SECOND CONVERSION ERROR
    In slide 33 of 34, the 10 Aspects of Paradigm Shift , the text on the slide did not convert properly. I had meant to suggest that educators must make at least these ten mind-shifts in order to be able to adapt to change in the 21st century
    1. Pedagogy - from didactic TO constructivist
    2. Networking - from isolated TO connectivist models; e.g. CoPs and distributed learning networks
    3. Sharing - from copyright TO creative commons
    4. Literacy – from print dominance TO communication that tends toward multiliteracies
    5. Heuristics - from client/server TO peer to peer
    6. Formality – from Trepidation, fear of being exposed as not knowing TO F.U.N. = encourage class to explore despite risk of Frivolous Unanticipated Nonsense
    7. Transfer – from lecture, sit/get TO modeling, demonstration
    8. Directionality – from push TO pull e.g. RSS
    9. Ownership – from proprietary TO open source
    10. Classification – from taxonomy TO folksonomy

    I'll post the latter to my blog http://adVancEcucation.blogspot.com as soon as possible.
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  • Vance, thanks for the informative presentation. Some slides on Webheads work brought wonderful memories.

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  • 1. After a decade of inroads, SUCCESS in modeling blended learning in theory AND practice at F2F and online conferences Vance Stevens, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi AACE Spaces of Interaction: An online conversation on improving traditional conferences, Feb 19, 2009 http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/ Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 2. Abstract Vance Stevens has been a long-time advocate and agitator for broadcasting online both into and out of on-site professional development events and conferences. He describes inroads made during the past decade in making conferences accessible to many more than just their physically present delegates. Having debunked the myth that if conferences were open to online access on-site attendance would drop off, a case is made for the opposite scenario: • that broadening channels for conversation at conference venues is a win-win situation in which everyone benefits • and conferences where these channels are blocked are the dinosaurs doomed to extinction. Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 3. What this presentation is about Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 4. Who am I? Who are Webheads? • Vance Stevens http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com • Coordinator of Webheads http://webheads.info/ • Webheads started in 1998 as a weekly free online writing & grammar class for students enrolling at http://study.com Photo from http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/webheads.htm Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 5. 1999 - Our 1st online event from a F2F conference • Writing for Webheads at New York TESOL '99 Web Faire, March 10, 1999, CALL-IS Electronic Village. Maggi Doty and Michael Coghlan appeared at Palace and chatted online with passers-by. Student reactions: • Vance: I am really happy for you! It's glad to know that you can present what we have done in the web. I really appreciate what you have done for us! - Hilda • I am so happy to have you my teacher and my web page to be used at the TESOL conference. Best luck for your speech at conference. See you around. Choi Hae- Young. Mar 03, 1999 Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 6. What was unusual about this? Start of pioneer effort by • Webheads to get f2f conferences connecting online! Risk! No certainty that promised • session could be logistically pulled off We didn’t know about cohesion • in networks back then and we were pleasantly surprised when students actually turned up. The Palace gave us a • comfortable sense of presence Screen shot shows our Virtual Schoolhouse in The Palace, where two students have placed themselves contentedly on Maggi’s avatar’s chair Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 7. 2000 – Webheads online before live audiences at 2 conferences • TESOL Conference in Vancouver, March 2000 – Vance was invited to give a live and online demonstration as part of an invited presenters session (significance: came with TESOL supported Internet). Michael Coghlan, Maggi Doti, and Webheads participants Ying Lan and Moral performed online via HearMe voice plugin before an audience of around 100. The handouts and reports can be found here (slide shows need IE) http ://lightning.prohosting.com/~vstevens/papers/tesol2000/tesol2000.htm • Presentation on Writing for Webheads at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, February 2000 WFW was subject of a demonstration held live and online in Abu Dhabi. After cameo appearances at web fairs, this was the first time the Webheads appeared at a conference presentation live and online as a session in their own right. Michael Coghlan appeared at the Palace and in the voice chat with Webheads participant Ming. http://lightning.prohosting.com/~vstevens/papers/tesol2000/zu2000tesol.htm Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 8. 2000 – Hear Me voice chat gains Barcelona attention Webheads presented on May 3, 2000, at the Military Language Institute’s Teacher to Teacher • Conference 2000 “Tools of the Trade” in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Students present online were Maggie and Moral at the Palace, and Maggie and Nicia in the voice chat. Maggie was also at the Homestead Chat. Teacher Webheads included Shabana from Dubai, Claudia from Austria, Jason at ESADE in Spain, and Chi -Chin in Illinois, all at the HearMe voice chat site. http://lightning.prohosting.com/~vstevens/t2t2000/gvs_t2t.htm Screen shot also shows how we used Real Player for voice • Webheads presented at the CTELT 2000 Alternate Assessment 4th Annual Conference quot;Current Trends in English Language Testingquot; May 10-11, 2000 Zayed University - Dubai Campus (UAE) Community Building Tools for Online Language Learning. Here we invited anyone to join us at HearMe voice chat, as well as text chat. Jason again joined. http://lightning.prohosting.com/~vstevens/ctelt2000/gvsctelt2k.htm Jason worked for a language school in Barcelona which was holding a conference in July. We got a late invitation and were squeezed into the program. Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 9. Students present in voice online at F2F event in Barcelona - 2000 Webheads broadcast from the ESADE and IATEFL Computer SIG joint event quot;CALL for the • 21st Centuryquot; June 30th - July 2nd, 2000, Barcelona, Spain. Community Building Tools for Online Language Learning was the title of our presentation in the program and the logs of the chats during the session are linked from http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/ch000702.htm. – Webhead student participant Ying Lan opened the presentation via HearMe, saying who she was and who Webheads were and their significance. Participant Moral was in the Palace and had a long conversation with Antje, a delegate at the conference. This was displayed on the big screen at the front of the room, though unfortunately, the palace was not installed separately at each station, so no other F2F delegates could join us there virtually. But Moral did a great job carrying that part of our demonstration, and delegates in Barcelona watched from their seats at their own computers. Meanwhile, Maggie in China was at the Homestead chat having conversations with whoever dropped by there. And at the very end, just as we were wrapping up, Sorsah from Cambodia came along. – In sum, another successful presentation by Webheads at another F2F conference. I was particularly impressed with the contributions of our online students. Moral and Ying Lan gave what amounted to an eloquent presentation of their Writing for Webheads class and the work they've been doing in it for the past couple of years. We captured what they said at The Palace here: http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/ch00070p.htm Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 10. 2001 – Webheads present at distance at TESOL Arabia - Vance streams Plenary from Cyprus March 14, 2001 - Webheads students figured prominently in Vance’s presentation • on online chat tools at the 2001 TESOL Arabia Conference in Dubai, http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/tesol/arabia2001/ . At the conference, Moral and Michael Coghlan appeared in our Excite voice chat room (which we were using because Hear Me had gone commercial). Moral said a few words to a rapt audience, followed by Michael’s explanation of the Webheads concept and how we had become good friends and productive colleagues for three years without having actually met. John Steele meanwhile was holding down the fort in Homestead and Tapped In. Vance streams a plenary address OUT entitled • Implementing Expectations: The Firewall in the Mind at a conference in Cyprus May 5th and 6th, 2001, http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/cyprus2001/. – Michael Coghlan presented a paper streamed IN to conference delegates from his home in Adelaide. One person at that presentation was upset that Michael was not physically present, though I tried to explain that she was witnessing a significant breakthrough in F2F conference connectivity. – Eric Baber helped with streaming all presentations through server in London (of the half dozen who had agreed – all had been offered). Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 11. 2001 Project in Turkey leads to distance presentation in Abu Dhabi The Webheads Community of Language Learners Online, a demonstration by Vance Stevens and Arif Altun, Nov 7, 2001 at Teacher to Teacher 2001 conference, November 7 & 8 2001, Abu Dhabi, UAE A proceeds of the session was published in Stevens, V. and Altun, A. (2002). The Webheads – community of language learners online. In Syed, Z. (Ed.). The process of language learning: An EFL perspective. Abu Dhabi: The Military Language Institute. Find an online version here: http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/papers/t2t2001/proceeds.htm Wednesday, October 31, we held a practice session, connecting live online in synchronous text, – voice, and video-enhanced chat, two classes of non-native English speakers from Turkey and China - archived here with pics from both locations, and a link to reflections on the experience by the students from Turkey: http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/chat2001/wfw011031.htm Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 12. 2002 – More live streams from Abu Dhabi and CALICO, TESOL March 21 2002 at TESOL Arabia 8th Annual International Conference: quot;Critical • Reflection and Practicequot; - I presented a demonstration at the Technology Fair entitled quot;Webheads in Action: Community development online“ where I had a web cam set up and invited conference delegates to interact with Webheads who come online. March 30, 2002 - CALICO 2002 Annual Symposium at University of California, Davis: • Creating Virtual Language Learning Communities - I was in the program as: “Webheads: online community building since 1998quot; We demonstrated with live and online participants throughout the community. http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/tesolarabia2002/calico2002.htm April 10, 2002: TESOL 2002: Language and the Human Spirit - Salt Lake City, Utah I • handled the on-site live-broadcast for the CALL-IS Academic Session entitled quot;Theory Meets Practice in CALLquot; - Presenters: Joy Egbert, Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Deborah Healey, Vance Stevens, Thomas Robb, Lynn Hendrickson. Despite obstacles (no IP address allocated for streaming), we managed to webcast the session (via http protocol in Yahoo Messenger, plan B  ) Eric Baber was set to manage stream under plan A. http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/evonline2002/academic.htm Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 13. Punching through the firewall at TESOL 2002, Salt Lake City • Friday, April 12, in Salt Lake City - Vance Stevens presented Writing for Webheads and Webheads in Action: Community Formation Online and its Role in Language Learning at a second special Internet fair session for Classic (quot;tried and true, reliable, amazing, memorable, etc.quot;) previous Internet Fair presentations. Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 14. eMerging eLearning Abu Dhabi 2002 • e-Merging e-Learning Conference at Higher Colleges of Technology Men's College, Abu Dhabi, UAE Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 15. eMerging eLearning Abu Dhabi 2002 A visit with Webheads online community of practice for language learners and • teachers, September 8, 2002 convened members of the Webheads community online to demonstrate 'live' our freely accessible text, video, and voice enhanced synchronous communications technologies, while showing conference delegates around the Webheads community. A transcript with video images of our presentation is here: http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/chat2002/wfw020908.htm Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 16. Ismail Fayed and I broadcast from 2002 Cairo TESOL Conference • Saturday December 14, 2002, at the Education Technology Special Interest Group of EgypTesol Electronic Oasis, at the EgypTesol Conference (December 13- 15 2002), Sheraton Heliopolis Ismail Fayed and I presented Demonstration, with Internet access: A visit with Webheads online community of practice for language learners and teachers We convened members of the community online to demonstrate 'live' our use of free text, video, and voice enhanced synchronous communications technologies, while showing conference delegates around the Webheads community: Vance's HTML rendition of Ismail’s ppt presentation Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 17. Connecting from within the Baltimore TESOL 2003 Convention March 26, 2003 - • Colloquium: quot;Case study of a community of practicequot; at the TESOL 2003 Convention Baltimore, Maryland, USA – Webheads were on the TESOL 2003 Convention program. Presenters were Vance Stevens, Dafne Gonzalez, Teresa Almeida d'Eça, Chris Jones, Arlyn Freed, Aiden Yeh, Michael Coghlan, and Buthaina Al Othman. Due to unstable world situation (we watched the invasion of Iraq from our hotel rooms) only half our presenters were able to travel to the USA. So, in edupunk fashion, we purchased a phone line (at our expense, $200) from the Convention Center and brought the missing four to the conference remotely using Wimba for voice presentations and Yahoo for web cam broadcasts. • Wed March 26 - I represented quot;EVOnline workshop: Communities of practice online: Reflection through experience and experiment with the Webheads community of language learners and practitionersquot; at one of the Electronic Village Internet Fairs. The handout for this session is here: http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/TESOL/evol2003handout.htm • March 28, in the Electronic Village - Webheads physically present in Baltimore webcast LIVE for an Internet Fair Classics session, and Webheads and all colleagues worldwide were invited to join us. Webheads presenters physically present included Vance Stevens, Chris Jones, Arlyn Freed, Claire Bradin, Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou, and Elizabeth Hanson-Smith (some pictured ) Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 18. Invited to Taiwan to present at conference, joined by Webheads there Ying Lan Liu, Aiden Yeh, and Venny Su were on hand to help me co- present. http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/webheads/taiwan/wenshan2003.htm Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 19. Global Learn Day 2003 draws Michael Coghlan and Buthaina Alothman to Abu Dhabi • Sunday November 16, 2003 Michael Coghlan and I were key presenters for the Middle East at the Global Learn Day VII presentation on quot;Meet the Webheads: An experiment in world friendship through online language learning.quot; The presentation was cybercast live from a large Lecture Hall at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi. Buthaina Alothman flew from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi especially to be on hand to help present. Buth took pictures and archived the event at her website: • http ://alothman-b.tripod.com/wia-buth- gld.htm • http://alothman- b.tripod.com/esl-ef_wia_gld_files/frame.htm (requires IE) The AACE audience was amused to learn that there were 60 people in the online voice chat but only half a dozen at most in the 100+ seats capacity auditorium where the presentation was given live F2F. Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 20. 2003-2004 Webheads present TO F2F conferences in Cairo, Minsk December 18, 2003 - I was a keynote speaker, presenting from a distance, at a • physical conference in Cairo. Title of presentation: Teacher professional development in online communities of practice: How does this impact The thesis was that only through use of CMC in professional development does its use with students become second nature. The chat was webcast using Elluminate. November 3, 2004, Dafne Gonzales, Susanne Nyrop, and I were asked to give the • lead presentation online, entitled quot;Intro To Asynchronous Communication Toolsquot;, during the Belarusian Association of Teachers of English (BelNATE) and Minsk State Linguistics University 6th International BelNATE-IATEFL Conference 'Teaching English as a World Language in the Information Age' (November 3 - 5, 2004). http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/papers/belnate2004/pgram_dbase.htm http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/papers/belnate2004/belnate041103.pdf Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 21. WiAOC 2005, 2007 2009 May 22-24 http://wiaoc.org Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 22. There’s a LOT more! The purpose of what has been • presented so far is to give some idea of the work that was being done in this area starting 10 years ago, and to give some indication of its frequency, which has increased since then. We could keep going, 2004 to • present, but it would take another hour. This is from TESOL 2005, where • ElderBob Brannan arranged for Webheads in San Antonio to meet at at a restaurant with wireless and connect with the wider network BEFORE and DURING the meal; is this an extreme makeover or what??  But, let’s move on … • Why the interest in F2F • conferences going online NOW? Because we CAN and .. • Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 23. Multiliteracies and overlap of F2F with online environment • From Gutenberg through end of read-only century (Lessig, pictured presenting in 2006) – Face to face conferences – Print literacy dominates, publication difficult • Read-write century, Web 2.0 – Unconferences (via wikis) – Bar camps – Purely online, home-grown efforts – Back channels and extended interaction during F2F conferences Lessig, Lawrence. (2006). The Read-Write Society, a keynote given 15 September 2006 at the Wizards of OS4 conference. http://www.wizards-of-os.org/programm/panels/authorship_amp_culture/keynote_the_read_write_society.html. Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 24. Multiliteracies • Print is King ( Bonk et al) • Podcasts are King (Vance) YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pyjRj3UMRM Picture credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_audio_player Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 25. What have you read lately? http://www.downes.ca/ • http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2009/ • Picture credits: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_and_Peace http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_is_Flat Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 26. Heard anything good lately? Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 27. Edupunk • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaQr9zXSY84 From the blogs: http://bavatuesdays.com/the-glass-bees/ http://binaryliving.blogspot.com/2008/09/edupunk-redefining-how-we-use.html Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 28. Edupunks just DO it • Examples: F2F w/strong online components: Good listening: It’s Elementary #28 http://edtechtalk.com/node/3495 – EduCon 2.1 http://educon21.wikispaces.com/ – NECC http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2009/ – Flat Classroom Project (Thomas Friedman & Qatar) http://flatclassroomproject.wikispaces.com/ – Learning 2.008 http://learning2cn.ning.com/ – And (this just in via Twitter, takes place Feb 21, 2009) http://colearning.wikispaces.com/Home%202009 Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 29. Why? Because …
  • 30. Modeling for Learning Downes, Stephen. (2007). Personal Learning the Web 2.0 Way. Presented at WiAOC • 2007 - http://www.webheadsinaction.org/wiaoc2007/StephenDownes. – Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/personal-learning-the-web-20-way. – Recordings: Part 1: http://streamarchives.net/node/84Part 2: http://streamarchives.net/node/83 Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 31. Prime Role of Conferences: Model heuristics for effective learning Click here for: The slide show of the presentation this comes from An elluminate recording of essentially the same presentation Stevens, Vance. (2007). The Multiliterate Autonomous Learner: Teacher Attitudes and the Inculcation of Strategies for Lifelong Learning Independence, Winter 2007 (Issue 42) . Retrieved from http://www.learnerautonomy.org/VanceStevens.pdf Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 32. Benefits to conference attendees Wider perspective on the conference • Ability to inform and draw on network • Backchannel connections possible • Connectivity will DRAW participants • Limited connectivity a growing concern • Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009
  • 33. 10 Aspects of Paradigm Shift • Pedagogy - didactic-> constructivist • Networking - isolated -> connectivist, distributed L/N • Sharing - copyright -> creative commons • Literacy – print -> multiliteracies • Heuristics client/server -> peer to peer • Formality –Trepidation -> F.U.N. • Transfer –lecture, sit/get -> modeled, demonstrated • Directionality – push -> pull e.g. RSS • Ownership – proprietary -> open source • Classification – taxonomy ->Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009 folksonomy Vance
  • 34. Don’t be a dinosaur! Latest version of these slides will be posted at http://slideshare.net/vances • Write-up in progress at http://tinyurl.com/aace-vance • The presentation was recorded and is available here: • http://aace.na4.acrobat.com/p92907860/ Vance Stevens Abu Dhabi Feb 19, 2009 http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com Picture credit: http://www.geekologie.com/2007/09/get_your_very_own_pet_dinosaur.php Vance Stevens for AACE Feb 21, 2009