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Colloquium: Case Study of A Community of Practice, "The Webheads in Action"


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First Webheads online Presentation at the TESOL Convention of 2003, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA..

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Colloquium: Case Study of A Community of Practice, "The Webheads in Action"

  1. 1. Colloquium: "Case Study of a Community of Practice" Wednesday, March 26, 2003 9:30 am to 11:15 am, (14:30-16:15 GMT) Baltimore Convention Center Room 306 event number #4101 at the TESOL 2003 Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  2. 2. Why I Joined WiA? 090 Week 5 090 Week 5 (Scroll down to find it) Grammar Page Grammar Presentations Week 0 & 1 (Didn’t Exist) 161 CALL Program 161 Main Page 090 Week 1 090 Week 1 (Scroll down to find it) 090 CALL Program 090 Main Page After Before
  3. 3. <ul><li>Things I Learned from WIA. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>The on going Learning Process. </li></ul><ul><li>Never Alone Again. </li></ul><ul><li>Support & Encouragement from the Experts. </li></ul>Why Am I Still Here?
  4. 4. Week 5 : Mon Feb 17 to Sun Feb 23 <ul><li>Learned how to plan and prepare for an online conference. </li></ul><ul><li>Learned effective ways to promote for an online session. </li></ul><ul><li>Learned about effective ways to moderate an e-group in a text-voice-chat session. </li></ul><ul><li>Learned some essential facts about managing Chaos Navigation. </li></ul><ul><li>Learned more about effective ways to use synchronous & asynchronous CMC tools, inside a EFL C-Lab. </li></ul><ul><li>Planed, designed, and implemented 2 online text-chat projects and created an e-group for email exchange project for my students: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1. A Chat Project, Using a Group Board: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inviting a Webhead to chat with my students. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2. Moderating a Yahoo Group for my ESP, Science Class: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Inviting a Webhead to interact with my students at Yahoo Group. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3. A Chat Project, and Using Yahoo Messenger As a Stand by Solution: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Inviting three Webheads to chat with my students on a pre- decided topic. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. More About Week 5 <ul><ul><ul><li>Learned more about the amazing characteristics of Tapped In, (TI). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learned various ways to use TI, effectively: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My participation in a text-chat project for Taiwanese Students, at TI. (Another learning experience). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learned more about the E-learning theory behind, using MOO at TI: This was during a chat session, moderated by Webhead, Dafne, from in Spain, with the participation of Webhead, Susanne from Denmark. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learned more about Chaos Navigation, and the concept of “Cat Herders”. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Webcams, are they really Necessary? <ul><li>I knew about webcams earlier, but it has never occurred to my mind that they are necessary for us, language teachers, until I saw how they are used by other Webheads. I tried them inside a c-lab and found: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a webcam can create a natural, fun learning environment, during a C-Lab session. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a webcam can motivate students and encourage a friendly atmosphere during a virtual classroom. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a webcam can make students take the responsibility and respect the privacy of online publications, including images and material, in general. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Conclusion (1) <ul><ul><li>In terms of Professional Development: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participating in online communities, like Webheads in Action, helped me: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To improved my learning and teaching skills inside both, a face-to-face classroom and a c-lab. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I gained more knowledge and understanding to the concepts of cooperation & collaboration among groups. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I am more flexible and creative in both virtual and face-to-face classrooms. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My teaching approach, inside a f2f classroom, has improved. I am able, now, to organize and manage better group activities inside a classroom. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My e-teaching and e-learning skills have developed, building more self-confidence and increasing self-esteem. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I learned how to emphasize and encourage independent learning through online activates and fun tasks to use for my students, integrating constructivists approach. To see what I mean, please, click here! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Conclusion (2) <ul><ul><li>In terms of Personal Development: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participating in online communities, like Webheads in Action, helped me: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To step into the 21st century with more style, creating a feeling that I became part of the current, positive, global change process. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The great inter-cultural interaction inside Webheads communities, is the right step toward peace and a beneficial globalization. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggestions and Recommendations: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educators must consider and encourage e-learning and teaching, particularly, in countries suffering from bureaucracy or easy led citizens by other parties or forces. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For more elaboration, click here ! </li></ul></ul></ul>