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This presentation was delivered on March 22, 2013 at the TESOL Conference in Dallas, Texas.

There is an accompanying paper at http://tinyurl.com/sharjah2013stevens
There are slides online:

The presentation describes how a course using Web 2.0 tools to exploit an individual laptop environment, originally designed and successfully implemented for students in the UAE navy college, became a basis for training teachers at the aviation college in using the same tools and rationale toward mounting similar courses there. The training was organized in a blended environment with a blog portal outlining 20 steps emulating the way classes had been conducted at the navy college, where students had been set tasks in the class wiki portal, shown in class how to master the language and software needed, and then guided in completing their tasks and projects. As the teachers at the aviation college completed the steps suggested for them, they tracked their progress in an online spreadsheet, and posted the URLs of online artifacts they created in other shared GoogleDocs spaces. Tabs in their blog portal pointed the trainees to a model wiki portal providing links to these artifacts online.The paper concludes with a report on how the teachers responded to the blended environment used for their training..


This recording is from a presentation given Nov 14, 2012 by Vance Stevens at the Global Education Conference. The accompanying blog post links to the Bb Collaborate presentation recording and revised slide show: http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2012/11/when-is-mooc-not-mooc-what-mooc-means.html

The presentation argues that cMOOC is truest to the spirit of MOOC, though these appeal more to self-directed learners than the masses of would-be college students which xMOOC is geared towards. John Hibbs, who was also scheduled to present, feels that xMOOCs in their current form are damaging university branding, but the presentation indicates where Stephen Downes feels that xMOOCs must inevitably revert to their roots in connectivist cMOOCs. The topic will be explored further early in 2013 in an EVO session entitled multiMOOC, http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com


Vance Stevens presents and discusses a course on presentation skills which he designed. Working with EFL college students who each have laptop computers, he engaged them in communicative and constructivist task-based activities in working with Web 2.0 software tools he introduced to the students: Prezi, Jing, Blogger, Google Docs, Slideshare.net, and SurveyMonkey. This talk presents results of a poll of the students on their attitudes toward using Prezi in place of PowerPoint, and presents evidence from their blogs and from their choice of SurveyMonkey as a tool for creating their own questionnaires, of their enthusiasm for learning and using these tools for academic communications.


Sunday, June 3, 2012 we discussed with Dr. Curtis Bonk his new Free, Open Course Course Title: Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success. We discussed much else besides in an informative chat lasting well over an hour.

For much more information, see the archive post at http://learning2gether.posterous.com/learning2gether-with-curt-bonk-instructional

Other recordings:
Audio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40757132/2012-06-03curtbonk2.mp3

Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)
or: http://tinyurl.com/2012jun03bonk


Vance Stevens intended to record this presentation live at the 6th eLearning in Action conference held at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE. However there was a firewall or connectivity problem and my mic would not connect with the Elluminate server, so I gave the presentation "unplugged" and then went home and delivered it properly "plugged" with Audacity as the audience.

http://diylms.posterous.com gives more details:
- Direct link to this presentation posting: http://diylms.posterous.com/learner-centered-do-it-yourself-learning-mana
- Conference URL:
- Proceeds: http://shct.hct.ac.ae/events/edtechpd2012/articles/index.asp
- This paper in the proceeds: http://shct.hct.ac.ae/events/edtechpd2012/articles/DIYLMS.pdf
- Full version of the paper as an article in TESL-EJ, March 2012
Stevens, Vance. (2012). Learner-centered Do-it-yourself Learning Management Systems. TESL-EJ, Volume 15, Number 4, pp. 1-14: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej60/int.pdf. Also at http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume15/ej60/ej60int/

and the slides, which are referred to in the recording: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/learnercentered-doityourself-learning-management-systems-practical-aspects

Finally the tinyURL of this posting (and recording): elearn2012vance


November 13, 2009 at 18:00 GMT I was invited to join Graham Davies, Ton Koenraad, and Duane Sider (from Rosetta Stone) in a panel discussion at Lancelot Schools's Virtual Round Table Conference, hosted by Heike Philp: http://virtual-round-table.ning.com/events/virtual-round-table-conference

My session was here: http://virtual-round-table.ning.com/events/virtual-panel-discussion-those
The write-up is here: http://virtual-round-table.ning.com/page/conference-programme-13
Here is the recording: http://proj.emea.acrobat.com/p63251182/


I have been teaching research writing to NNS with NYIT on the ADMC campus as well as Academic Composition at HCT/CERT Naval College. Both contexts have required me to develop or adapt viable courses quickly, effectively gauge learner response and interest, and adjust materials on-the-fly to better meet learner needs. Flexibility, creativity, and organization beneficial to both instructor and student are achieved using DIYLMS (do it yourself LMS). Components include a wiki portal for course information, links pertinent to course content and management, and screencast and other tutorials. Google Docs are used for student collection of assignments. Teacher feedback can be given in-class directly on real-time, interactive instances of student writing for all to see via in-class projector, and for individual students to follow right there on their laptops, whereas effective feedback can be given between classes via a medium where it can be immediately seen, day or night, when students are revising their work. Another component, blogging, is used to showcase student work. I also use etherpad clones for certain classwork and Jing to create annotated screen-capture and screencast tutorials.

There is more information about this presentation here:


This recording harks back to April 21-22, 2009 when I moderated three hours of conversation being sustained online for 24 hours by Jay Cross and friends Harold Jarche et al. Jay is known for his Internet Time blog http://www.internettime.com/ and books/writings on Informal Learning.

The event from which this recording derives was based at the Corporate Learning Trends and Innovation Ning: http://learntrends.ning.com/page/april-2009-event . The reason I'm posting this here now is that this Ning is no longer being $upported, but for as long as it remains online, there's a table with Session Descriptions here: http://learntrends.ning.com/page/april-2009-event.

Jay wanted to feature webheads in this program and he gave us three hours, 1000 to 1300 GMT on April 22, 2009. This recording is for the first hour when we were starting this marathon.  All the conference sessions were held in Elluminate and the mp4 of the Adobe recording of the session was here: http://learntrends.ning.com/page/april-2009-video-page).

The idea was to stimulate conversations by pulling together voices at these times, with others besides Webheads joining in from around the world. It was informal, no slides, or maybe just a few. One of Jay's ideas is to have a web tour up showing a Twitter feed aggregated on #learntrends and this worked at the time: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=@learntrends

The time selected coincides with Earth Day, being celebrated by the webcasters at Earthbridges on http://earthbridges.wikispaces.com/Earth+Day+2009 I put Webheads down in the available time slot during this time, which happened to be 11:00 GMT, but I believe we went on at 10:00 GMT as it was a break time for students at the Petroleum Institute where I worked, and some checked in via live feed from computers in the library to join the conversation, so that a conversation with students at the PI about our environment became a recorded part of the LearnTrends event. I blogged feedback on the event at http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2009/04/learntrends-in-global-learn-day-april.html


I was invited to present a workshop on Writing in a flat world: better blogging through social networking (2 hours) at the TTTT (TESOL Arabia Abu Dhabi chapter Tactile Tasks and Technical Tips 5) at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi on April 21, 2007 http://ilearn.20m.com/news/newevents.htm .

This event was presented in conjunction with the writing course I am giving in Spain this summer for which I started a project with a number of teachers worldwide http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com, among them Rita Zeinstejer, who assisted from Argentina via Elluminate

The recording is here: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/play.jnlp?psid=2007-04-21.0050.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr.
I posted the slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/writing-in-a-flat-world-bettervblogging-through-social-networking/

The workshop covered:

How to start a blog
How to post to a blog
How to edit a post
How to TAG a post, and why you should do this
How to open a http://www.bloglines.com account, and why you should do this
What RSS is, and why it's important
How to subscribe to RSS feeds generated by other bloggers
How to organize and follow each other's updated blog postings
How to open a http://del.icio.us account, and why it's important
How to get the del.icio.us browser button and tag sites you visit
How to see who's tagged YOUR pages and find other tags they are interested in
How to aggregate content using the tags you've placed in your posts


I was invited by Ankara University Development Foundation Schools, to be a Plenary Speaker at the annual ELT Conference held at the ATAUM Conference Hall, in Ankara, Turkey on April 14, 2007. The theme of this conference is "CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) – Technology CALLs You".

The title of my talk is "What is CALL? It's YOU!"
It was derived roughly from
- my blog posting from Sunday, April 1, 2007 "What is CALL: Computer Assisted Language and Literacy" http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2007/04/what-is-call-computer-assisted-language.html
- as well as from Webheads chat logs from October 29-Nov 3, 2001, http://www.homestead.com/prosites-vstevens/files/efi/chat2001/wfw011031.htm

We webcast using Elluminate courtesy of Learning Times, http://tinyurl.com/y3eh starting with Dr. Senem Yildiz's presentation "Overcoming barriers and misconceptions to promote effective CALL".

- The Elluminate recording with my presentation starting at 1 hour 13 minutes into it is here: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2007-04-14.0101.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr&sid=75
- I edited an MP3 version with just my talk and podcast it at Vance's GeekSpeek:

URL's used in the presentation are given in playnotes:

- http://www.homestead.com/prosites-vstevens/files/efi/papers/ankara2007/whatiscall.htm and http://tinyurl.com/yvx6yd.
- The slides for my presentation are here: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/what-is-call-its-you-vance-stevens-ankara2007/

URLs provided by the organizers:

- http://www.ankukolej.k12.tr/ankukolej/lise/anasayfa/lise.php
- http://www.metu.edu.tr/~kilickay/images/poster.jpg
- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/englishteachers2003/files/CONFERENCES/Ankara%20University%20/invitation_1.JPG


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