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 TESOL Electronic Village
(EV)Online 2005) Session

Establishing and maintaining
'Web presence'

facilitated by Vance Stevens
Lecturer of Computing at Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Monday, January 17 - Sunday, February 27, 2005

Welcome to Webpresence for Webheads!

I intend for this course to be self paced. There are several 'newbies' enrolled as well as a number of seasoned coaches. I think there will be a lot of sharing of expertise. Those of us with online presences will model them for those without. Those without can try and emulate as we go, and over the next two months, anyone with energy and desire and initiative should have no trouble getting established online. And if you do have trouble, well, that's what the rest of us are here for, to help you sort it out.

Two weeks into the course, "sorting it out" was proving to be an elusive concept in this pilot effort. It appeared to be not sufficient to provide tutorial materials and expect participants to uniformly absorb them. In response to feedback from the group to this effect, the moderator tried to adapt by providing more direction.

As a point of departure, work is being done here:

The moderator is now updating this page with a set of FAQ's (questions asked by the participants in the process of valiantly trying to 'sort it out')..

Here's what you should do to get started in this course:

Webpres2005 Blog:
Webpresence YahooGroup: Enroll by visiting the YahooGroup portal and clicking JOIN, at:
or subscribe by email:
Moodle environment: Content is being developed in a Moodle:
Under Education select the Web Presence Course and log in as a Guest
Publications and presentations on Web presence

A description of the tools covered in this session: Stevens, Vance. 2004. Establishing and Maintaining Web Presence: A guide for educators. TESL-EJ Vol. 8. No. 3 (December 2004) On the Internet. Retrieved January 11, 2005 from:

Tuesday, February 8, 14:00-15:00 GMT, at Learning Times Teresa Almeda d'Eca and Vance Stevens gave a joint session as guest speakers in the TESOL sponsored EVOnline 2005 course entitled, The Use of Blogs in ESL/EFL The topic was: Blogging Beyond Text and is now listed as "Jam session:Adding Sounds and Photos" The text of the presentation here: It explains how the links are achieved in your blogs, through postings and comments to each other's postings.

Putting your HTML code on the Internet via LiveJournal and linking to your pictures in Buzznet: (Oct. 2005)

Proposal for this session, including the weekly syllabus: A preliminary synopsis of how interaction in the 6-week session might develop:
The portal page for the
EVOnline 2005 sessions:
More information about EVOnline events running parallel to this one appears at:
A couple of EVOnline 2005 'sister' sessions Becoming a Webhead: A Hands-on Workshop on How to use Web Communication Tools for Language Teaching and Learning
Moderators: Teresa Almedia d'Éça, Portugal, and Dafne González, Venezuela

Using Weblogs in ESL/EFL Classes: New Developments, Uses, and Challenges
Moderators: Barbara Dieu, Brazil Aaron P. Campbell, Japan Graham Stanley, Spain
The seminal Webheads in Action group
Meet Vance: More about the session facilitator here:

This was the handout from
Thursday, Dec 16, 2004

at a workshop sponsored by the TESOL Arabia - Teacher Education SIG
held at the British Council, Abu Dhabi, 9:30 to 12:30 (05:30 to 08:30 GMT), entitled

Communities of Practice for
Ongoing Online Teacher Professional Development

This page has a 'Tiny' URL

The session was joined by online participants at TappedIn
in the Virtual Office of VanceS
Click here for a transcript for the session

This presentation was geared to the on-site audience of Teacher Educators and K-16
teachers interested in collaborative networking in Teacher Education

Welcome to this session on creating and maintaining your online web presence. The session facilitator is creating (and maintaining) an online web presence designed to model how this is done and provide a tutorial for others to follow, via the links given below.

Students and teachers are increasingly meeting online to explore ways of using the latest free communications technologies that promote language learning and teacher training. These technologies include synchronous text, voice, and web cam -enabled chat services that are educational in nature as well as asynchronous tools such as blogs, groupware, and open source applications like Moodle. Accordingly it is becoming important for teachers to establish a Web presence in order to participate in robust online communities which often influence how these teachers interact with their students. The presenter will show numerous ways that an online presence can be maintained using free online tools, and give examples of how these tools are used to achieve pedagogical goals.

Agenda for the Dec 16 Workshop

9:30 - 10:00 (5:30-6:00 GMT)

10:00 - 12:00 (6:00-8:00 GMT)

12:00-12:30 (8:80-8:30 GMT)

Here is the transcript for the Tapped In portion of the session

Survey was here:

This page updated October 5, 2005 and a pointer put to the 2006 version Jan 12, 2006
Copyright 2006 by Vance Stevens