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TOOLS FOR ONLINE COLLABORATION

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The Webheads in Action are an online community of practice that actively seeks out and experiments together with new, free, and educationally valuable tools on the Internet. The group holds regular live voice, text, and video chat sessions, and members bring students together for joint sessions using various technologies in real time, as well as participating in collaborative presentations, workshops, and other activities. Sister groups, Real Video Online, and Academic Writing, explore narrower elements of online teaching and learning, and profit from the experimentation of the larger community. Using the recently taught English for Sciences (Kuwait University) as an example, the co-presenters will help participants visualize the tools that make global collaboration possible and discuss the benefits for students learning to read and write in an electronic environment. For the past 2-1/2 years, the authors have been members of a very active community of practice (CoP; see Wenger, 1998, and 2004)) called Webheads in Action (Stevens, 2004b). This group of technology-using language teachers, primarily EFL/ESL, but several who are also teachers of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, etc., communicate through an electronic list and meet regularly online in text, voice, and video chats. Over the years, members have also collaborated in teaching projects, online presentations, land-based workshops, and blended activities. (For examples of just a few of such collaborations, see Coghlan & Stevens, 2000; Firs

Topics: Forming Yahoo! Groups
Year: 2008
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