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PP 107: Multiliteracies for Collaborative Learning Environments

TESOL Certificate Program: Principles and Practices of Online Teaching
September 13-October 10, 2004

Session Leader: Vance Stevens, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:

Portals: Desire to Learn: | 'Multilit' Yahoo Group
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"At first people used to say it's not the e that's important, it's the learning. I don't think that's true. I think it's the e that's important. It's networking, it's management, and it's learning how to deal with computers." - Jay Cross, in Abu Dhabi for an eMerging eLearning Conference, quoted in the Gulf News, Sept. 13, 2004, p.6

"Welcome" - a few words from Vance at the start of the course

Session Overview
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A multiliterate online language teacher creates learning environments interweaving sound and image with text over networked media. This course provides experiential training in the technological skills required to develop effective strategies for utilizing video, web cam, image, and voice technologies in communities of practice as enhancements to collaborative learning settings. Course-specific requirements: Internet Explorer 6.0, sound card, and some means of reading/accessing and composing/sending e-mail.

Schedule overview and resources

See the Syllabus for a one-page course outline


There is an RSS feed of our YahooGroups output here:


Now, what to do with these blogs? I would also like to get two or more volunteers (at least 4 of you each week) to do a recap of each event cycle. I've done the first one by putting all our introductions on our web pages. I've also started a recap of 'what is multiliteracy' in the Links area of my web pages Now I would like to get two or more of you working together ... it has to be at least two, and be together so as to foster collaboration over the Internet .. on continuing that recap, taking items of substance from the D2L discussion and elsewhere in our interactions (e.g. YGroups when appropriate). I'd like to get two or more volunteers to do the same for each Event Cycle AND each team publish the results in your BLOG or web page (and then tell the rest of us where to look).

Blogging Safari:
~\ Let's go blogging now, everyone is learning how /~
~\ Come on and safari with me! /~ (a la Beach Boys)

Almost ALL of us now have blogs (wow!)

In addition, we have been steered to other people's blogs, such as:

Why all this interest in blogs?

Do you need help starting yours? If so, just let us know!

Getting Started - Sept 1, 2004 - The following gives insights into what 'multiliteracy' might be ...

Carla Meskill has issued a call for papers for a special issue of Language Learning & Technology which will examine the many issues related to electronic literacy, especially as it applies to second language learning. To quote from the call:

This special issue of Language Learning & Technology will examine the many issues related to electronic literacy, especially as it applies to second language learning. While it is clear that what we see and hear on television and computer screens is unique from what we read in print, frameworks for conceptualizing, analyzing, and integrating into instructional practices the ways we understand the world through these media are lacking. What processes constitute our reading of these electronic texts? What does it mean and will it mean to be electronically literate? How do the experiences we have with what we see and interact with on screens influence language use? In what way is electronic literacy impacting the ways we use, teach, and learn language?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


Selber, Stuart. (2004). Multiliteracies for a digital age. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

Stevens, Vance. (2004a). The Skill of Communication: Technology brought to bear on the art of language learning. In TESL-EJ 7, 4 (On the Internet). Retrieved August 30, 2004 from:

Stevens, V. (2004b). Voices heard having F.U.N. in online communities of practice: A Presentation by Vance Stevens, April 3 2004, at the annual TESOL Convention, Long Beach at a Colloquium on “Multiple perspectives on the on-line conversation class.” Retrieved August 30, 2004 from:

Tuman, Myron. (1992). Word perfect: Literacy in the computer age. University of Pittsburg Press.

Kenny, Vincent. Anticipating autopoeisis: Personal construct psychology and self-organizing systems. (Section 1 Introduction: Varieties of constructivism). Retrieved May 20, 2005 from A later revised version of this paper was published as - Vincent Kenny [1989]. Anticipating Autopoiesis: Personal Construct Psychology and Self-Organizing Systems. In : Self-Organisation in Psychotherapy [ed.] A. Goudsmit. Springer-Verlag: Heidelberg.

Feedback from Participants

At the end of the course I wrote to ask what people had got out of it. Here is a sampling of replies:


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