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EVO: A Collaborative Professional Development Project

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For over a decade, the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.) Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS) has been providing free professional development annually for members and nonmembers alike. In this poster session, the past co-coordinator of the 2012 Electronic Village Online (EVO) will address the collaborative processes that occur in a large-scale, multi-national, open-source project. These include training and mentoring trainers, selecting free technology tools to provide online learning platforms, investigation of Web 2.0 technologies for application to the classroom, and the wholly volunteer nature of this project.

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EVO: A Collaborative Professional Development Project

  1. 1. The Electronic Village Online A collaborative project to train English language teachers worldwide for free
  2. 2. EVO Google+Hangout Our goal is to allow learning anywhere, anytime, with as little expense as possible.
  3. 3. 2012 RESULTS 2,662 participants in 14 sessions from almost every country around the globe!
  4. 4. History of The EVO Project In 1999, TESOL CALL-IS sought to develop a cadre of online teachers & events to extend the annual convention. First implemented in Electronic Village Online (EVO) discussions using Webex in 1999, then BlackBoard in 2001. Use of YahooGroups for 8-week sessions in 2002 to reduce costs of participation to zero. Hosted 5-week sessions in 2012 utilizingYahooGroups, as well as other free Web 2.0 tools
  5. 5. Purpose of the EVO GOALS • Spread the word about technology within our professional association • Help other interest sections make use of new technologies to improve communication internally • Help teachers in other interest sections - and around the world - learn about new technologies
  6. 6. EVO Innovations & Developments • Sponsorship by interest sections (e.g., CALLIS) • Increase use of synchronous communications • Use of mentors during the sessions • Creation of a community of practice among moderators themselves
  7. 7. Virtual Coordination Team Our Virtual Team
  8. 8. Collaborative Processes • • • • • Input from subject matter experts Train-the-trainers to moderate sessions Mentor moderators Support from professional organizations through webinars or resources sharing Investigation of emergent technologies & their adaptability to online learning
  9. 9. Timeline of Events
  10. 10. 2012 EVO Session Offerings as possible. C
  11. 11. Mentoring our Moderators By the end of the 4-week training, we expect our moderators to have: 1. learned what EVO is - different from formal, credited online teaching 2. experienced different synchronous platforms & how to use them in their own sessions 3. discussed aspects of e-moderation 4. learned about the features of YahooGroups (or other learning management system) & created their own 5. revised & refined the syllabus for their EVO session
  12. 12. Free Tech Tools for Collaboration • • • Learning Platforms: Wikis, Moodle, Google Sites, SecondLife, & WizIQ Communication Tools: YahooGroups, Twitter & hashtags, Blogs, Emails, Facebook Groups, Skype, & Google+Hangout Multimedia Tools: Audacity (audio), Animoto (video), Windows MovieMaker, Flicker (digital images), Screenr (screencasting), Scribd (publication of docs), SlideShare, & Google Tools
  13. 13. Investigation of Web 2.0 Tools for CALL
  14. 14. EVO's Collaborators & Supporters TESOL's CALL-IS Webheadsinaction.org
  15. 15. How do we get our volunteers? I • • • • TESOL e-lists & newsletters of special interest groups Many past EVO participants become moderators! Informal channels like Twitter, blogs, Facebook & word-of-mouth By invitation of the moderators & coordinators
  16. 16. EVALUATIVE FEEDBACK • • • • We gather formal feedback after the moderator trainings in the fall to improve the training module. We gather informal feedback during the sessions from our mentors. We gather formal feedback from the participants at the end of the moderators' sessions in the spring. All of this information is summarized in a report & shared with the CALL-IS during the business meeting held at the annual conference - and used to further improve EVO.
  17. 17. EVO Session: MachinEVO A group film project for learning Spanish in SecondLife
  18. 18. EVO Session: Developing Mentoring Skills Video recording of reflections on the experience By Daniela C. Wagner-Loera & Tamas Lorincz
  19. 19. EVO Session: Multiliteracies Top left: Vance Stevens, EVO Coordinator & Moderator of the Multiliteracies session Bottom left: Kalyan Chattopadhyay, Co-Moderator
  20. 20. EVO Session: Digital Tools with Purpose in the Classroom Carla Arena, 2012 EVO Coordinator & Moderator Other moderators included: Ana Maria Menezes, Cheryl Oakes, Erika Cruvinel, Jane Petring, Kathy Epps, Mary Hillis, Nina Lyulkun & Saša Sirk
  21. 21. How to Get Involved with EVO d.).Due to our teamwork, TESOL sponsorship, and network alliances , we're able to establish and/or improve the erformance • Experienced e-teacher? Offer a of integrating technology into the classroom of thousands of teachers annually. session! • New to online teaching? Offer a session - we can help! • Just getting used to the Internet? Join a session (Jan-Feb 2013) & learn by doing!
  22. 22. Contact Information Sandra Rogers Innovation in Learning Center University of South Alabama sandrarogers@southalabama.edu Twitter @teacherrogers #evosessions

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