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Communities of practice online: Reflection through experience and experiment with the Webheads community of language learners and practitioners
Aiden Yeh, Arlyn Freed, Dafne Gonzalez, Buthaina Othman, and Rita Zeinstejer
How participation in a community of practice informs and influences the participants' personal teaching practices
Week 5: Mon Feb 17 to Sun Feb 23
The portal for Week 5 is here:
The schedule for chats this week is here:
As part of the bibliography:
Nunan, David. Language Teaching Methodology, Chapter 4, uploaded with permission to our files area: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/files/2003/week5-feb17-23/chapter4_nunan.htm
Some of Dafne's post-workshop reflections on how the session went:
I especially liked the way we strategically organized our week 5 (how being in WIA has influenced our teaching practices) in a chat meeting: http://dafnegon.tripod.com/myjourneywithwebheads/planningchat.htm
On Monday, we answered the questions posed by a new member about our transition from f2f to online teachers http://dygonza.esmartweb.com/evonline2003/week5/w5p5-activities.htm#AS:
- How does a teacher bring about the transformation from f2f to online teaching?
- What are some of the obstacles and issues that have been encountered in the process?
- What have been the high lights as well as the "low lights" for you as you've made the move?
and some other members reacted to the questions too: http://dygonza.esmartweb.com/evonline2003/week5/moreans-scott.htm
On Tuesday, We started a series of topic chats, where we answered some of the questions that Arlyn had asked, especially the first 3:
- Have you evidenced concrete results from CoP participation? What practical skills (if any) have been acquired?
- How has this skill acquisition effected your professional development? Your classroom instruction?
- Have these new skills resulted in changes in teaching philosophy as well as methodology? Explain.
We created special invitations and reminders for the chats. To go further, Aiden, Buthaina, and I created before-after webheads pages to illustrate what we have learned and how we are using it. Buth, addressed how her affiliation with WIA has changed her online work by presenting pre-wia lessons and post-wia lessons. http://dygonza.esmartweb.com/evonline2003/week5/beforeafter_webheads.htm
Regarding my own chat session, many people attended, and we had to do another session ( for a total of 4 and a half hours) to be able to complete all the information on the process of designing, delivering, evaluating the first online course I planned as a consequence of being in WIA.
We ended up the week with some action with students. Aiden invited Webheads to moderate a session with her students at Tapped In. This was a complete success. Many new and old members practiced their e- moderating skills with groups of 8-10 students. Then, Sus was invited to co-moderate a session with Buth's students. All the information of the week was summarized here: http://dygonza.esmartweb.com/evonline2003/week5/w5p4-comm.htm
As a consequence of attending and moderating so many chats during this week, and reflecting on them, I came up with a taxonomy of educational chats, which has been commented in the list, and I am working on an article about it.
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