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Meet the Participants in the 2004 course:
Multiliteracies for Collaborative Learning Environments

Name   Title
Personal vignettes, blogs and URLs Association
with course
Listed in order each appears In YahooGroup
Alla Nazarenko   I am glad to join the group. I've done the search about multiliteracies and made my first blog: enrolled anazarenko
Buthaina Alothman
I am indeed grateful to Vance and all the other Webheads who helped me learn and improve in terms of professional development. I feel so lucky and proud to belong to such a wonderful community online that is a true invaluable source of knowledge for ESL/EFL students and teachers. My learning experience at Webheads' has resulted in a great, positive outcome for me and my students of the two classes, General English and an ESP, I teach in the Faculty of Science of Kuwait University. To have an idea or see what I mean, please check out the following two URLs of pages on ways I utilized free asynchronous and synchronous CMC tools implementing the knowledge I gained from Vance and the other experts at Webheads; To view web-projects created for my students, using asynchronous CMC tools, please go to: To view web-projects created for my students, using synchronous CMC tools, please go to:
guest buthaina_3
Barbara Dieu   My name's Barbara Dieu (the buzzing Bee from Bee-coming a Webhead, Beeonline blogs and the e-book on blogs). I am not enrolled in your course but Vance invited me to join the Yahoo Groups. I believe that to be multiliterate it is important to venture beyond "school" walls, mix with various communities other than language and Tesol to enhance our learning experience and become aware of different perspectives in different fields. Stephen Downes' and Robin Good's material suggested by Vance are a good illustration of this. I started online in 1997 on my own - at that time there were no tutors like Vance ... It was basically trial and error ... I have managed gradually to perfect my operational skills, increase my global learning community circle, my multiliterate competence through experimentation with my students and other teachers, taking risks and accepting challenges. I am confident you will accomplish the same in much less time than I did! Looking forward to exchanging ideas with you! Warm regards from Brazil, Bee guest bwjdieu
Claire Bradin-Siskin   Chair of the TESOL PDC/OPD (Online Professional Development) / Distance Learning Portfolio Group guest cbsiskin
Phyllis Duryee   Here is my blog website:

I have probably been in the TESOL field longer than most, if not all, of you. I received my degree, the first through a program, at The Ohio State University in 1977. Since that time I have worked in programs at OSU, at George Mason University and am now an Associate Dean at Franklin University. Although my responsibilities are much expanded and I no longer teach ESL, I continue my work in supervision of the area.
enrolled Duryee
Graciella Martin Buenos Aires, Argentina My first blog: Sites on Multiliteracies

I teach English as a foreing language at Icana, a private institute. I'm also an academic coordinator there. This is my first online course. I hope I can make the most of it.
enrolled graciela_mrtn
Mokhtar Ounis Tatouine, Tunisia I took part in Mr Vance Stevens's Workshop in Tunisia from 25 to 31 July and I am so grateful for his efforts and for teaching me the principles of online tutoring and I do thank him for sharing his knowledge and his experiences with his students, and here is my weblog that I designed during and after the workshop: guest hardnomade
Lilia Joy Hanson, Kentucky Here is my blog:

I am originally from Russia, Urals Region. I've been living in the US for 7 years. For the last four years I've been residing in Hanson, Kentucky, a little rural town on top of beautiful green hills. My family is my husband and two children. I earned my MA in TESOL in 2003. Since then, I've been working as an adjunct at the University of Southern Indiana and Henderson Community College. I teach academic writing at two pre-composition levels and ESL Writing Lab.
enrolled joydiver
Keiko Inouye 7 from Yokohama, Japan Welcome to Keiko's Page: This is my first blog

When I was in the United States, I lived in Greenwich, Connecticut and helped ESL classes at junior high and elementary schools. I earned a master's degree at Manhattanville College in New York. Now, I 've been teaching English at college and language school ( face to face classes) for 8 years. I am not a teacher of online learning, but I have online learning experiences as a student and had a wonderful time with other students in the United States although I was in Japan. Therefore, I'd like to explore the possibility of better ways of learning English and incorporate the Internet into my classes, which are relatively large, about 50 students in one class, for example. In addition, online learning or e-learning in universities has become popular these days. My purpose in taking the Foundation course is to learn how to use the Internet effectively in my class with a view to teaching online courses in my future career.
enrolled keiinouye09
Mark Algren Director of Intensive English Program, American University of Sharjah, UAE Mark's ESL/EFL International Spot

Mark has recently relocated to the United Arab Emirates at the American University of Sharjah, in Sharjah, after several years at the University of Kansas' Applied English Center. He spent nearly 12 years in Saudi Arabia, much of it in Dhahran, at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. "I've been teaching ESL/EFL for over 20 years, and have been interested in CALL for a very long time. This is, I think, my 6th course in this TESOL series and all have been informative and enjoyable experiences. I picked this one because although I've heard the term "multiliteracies" before, I can't say I could offer anyone a definition or participate in a discussion on the topic. So I'm anxious to learn more clearly what it is, and what it means for our students."
enrolled malgren
Marianne Anderson Zayed University, UAE Can't believe it took me the whole day to do just this:

I live in Dubai and bump into Vance every now and then, but have never been online/taken a course with him.therefore looking foreword to the experience. I have a funny feeling I'll be covering a lot of material.on a lot of sites. ... I teach at a woman's university in the U.A.E. I am also like Mark who is also in the U.A.E. been very interested in Call for quite some time now. Actually came to the U.A.E. so I could learn more about the subject (work in a laptop university).
enrolled marianneuae
Maryanne Burgos Buffalo, NY Teaching L2: Maryanne's blog

I began teaching in an IEP in 1966 in Washington, D.C. when I graduated from Georgetown U. Since then I have taught ESL/EFL in Arkansas, Mexico City (where I lived for 9 years) and Buffalo, NY (where I am from). Although I began working with adults, I spent most of my teaching career working in the public schools in Buffalo working with children in grades 6-12 teaching ESL and occasionally - Spanish. For the last few years I have been teaching one or two courses at the State Univeristy of New York at Buffalo in the teacher training program. I usually taught a course on Teaching Writing and, more recently, one of Computers in L2. I think I chose this course partly because of the title Multiliteracies, although I haven't yet given much thought to its exact meaning. I hope to work on that today. I know that for both the children and adults that I have worked with, writing is one of their greatest obstacles to success in an English environment. I'm very interested in exploring with all of you, how the new technologies impact of this skill as well the other communication skills. I'm very glad to be part of this new community of learning.
enrolled maryanneburgos
Mary Jane Danan Oregon Multiliteracies and me: My first blog

I teach Japanese university students who come to Oregon for a 10-month language and culture study abroad program. During the intensive ESL semester, I usually teach reading and writing to beginners. I work with a variety of content electives in other semesters. I have not done much with "multiliteracies", but each course is broadening my horizons that much more as to the possibilities. Susan's online course last fall got me started and led me to join the certificate program. The material just gets more amazing as I go. This is my fifth course in the program.
enrolled mdanan76
Nancy Berry Colorado - Fort Collins Discoveries in e-Learning: Nancy's Blog

I've been in the ESL field since 1990, when I enrolled in an MA program at Boston University, studying ESL teaching methodology under Steve Molinsky. I got my master's in TESOL in 1992 and have worked in various ESL jobs from evening adult ed to public school K-12. Since 1998, I have been working at the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Colorado State University, since January 2002, as a full-time curriculum supervisor/instructor. This is my fifth course in the TESOL Online Certificate program. I decided to learn about teaching ESL online late last year when it became increasingly apparent that our IEP would have to do something very different to stem the tide of falling enrollment post-9/11. At this point, we are planning to launch our first online course - a writing course - in January 2005. What I have learned in the previous 4 courses has brought me a long way in my understanding of what it takes to teach and to learn online. (When I started the Foundations course in January of this year, I was baffled by the group of letters - f2f - and many other such abbreviations.) I am particularly interested in the "collaborative learning" component of the course title as it relates to teaching online but am a bit intimidated by the "multiliteracies" part. Over the past several months, I have begun to lose my natural tendency to avoid technology when it gets a bit complicated. I have even purchased and set up (with my husband's help) a web cam, which I am kind of excited about trying.
enrolled nancy.berry
Norbella Miranda Cali (Colombia) Norbella's Weblog: This is my weblog for online learning

I work for a private university in Cali, Universidad de San Buenaventura- where I teach general English, ESP, Didactics, and I'm starting a Reading class today. This is the fifth online course I'm taking and I feel that I'm starting to know how to use and take advantage of technology
enrolled norbellam
Rae Roberts

I teach in an MA TESOL program in Washington, DC. I have taken 2 other of these classes.
enrolled raedithr
Rick Rosenberg Educational Technology Specialist, Office of English Language Programs, US. Dept. of State, Washington, DC   guest rpr38
Susan Gaer Santa Ana, CA I think I made a blog at

I teach literacy/low beginning ESL and train teachers in the use of technology. Right now I am on sabbatical trying to become as fluent in Spanish as possible. In the PPOT program I teach PP109 (Designing Interactive Webpages).
enrolled sgaer
Staci Johnson Santa Ana, CA Staci's Blog

I teach ESL for an adult education program is Santa Ana, CA. I'm currently in charge of technology training at our school, filling in for Susan Gaer (TESOL class member) who is on sabbatical. I'm also running our Community Learning Center, which I suspect may be an example of students studying in a multiliterate environment, although I'll confirm that after doing my research. (By the way, this is the third Yahoo group I've joined this year and really like the way we can share info here.)
enrolled sljohnson_111
Ueh-Jeng Chen 18 Taiwan? Multiliteracies is a new word for me and after doing a little research, i got familiar with concept as if i have been doing that for years. In our lab., curriculum is designed to cater for life such as cooking session, doing laundry, songs sharing, setting up clubs for ESL kids/yungsters to join in. We try everything that inspires learning and of course appreicates all kinds of feedback forms from learners. These forms came back in drama, e-mails, songs, and discussions. enrolled ujchendi
Vance Stevens Lecturer of Computing, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi UAE Introducing Vance:

Hi everyone, I'm the instructor in this course. I didn't know a lot about multiliteracies either before I agreed to take on this course, but in researching the topic, I've become fascinated (if not knowledgeable) with it. I don't think that I need to be the expert in the topic in order to facilitate this course because I'm looking forward to working toward developing each participant's personal understanding of the term and how it applies to each individual's situation. An important part of multiliteracy is developing appropriate heuristics for coming to terms with ever-changing playing fields and I hope I will be able to model some of my own as well as learn some heuristics that participants in this course might suggest to me.
Instructor vstevens
Srisucha McCabe 20   Education Programs Coordinator, TESOL, Alexandria, Virginia, USA staff  
John Donaldson 21   Director of Education Programs, TESOL, Alexandria, Virginia, USA staff  

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