Enhancing Online Educational Communities with Computer-Mediated Communications Tools

 A Workshop by Vance Stevens, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi

with Buthaina Alothman, Kuwait University, and organized by Randa Effat, IELP-II, Cairo

Saturday, January 24 - 2 to 6 p.m Cairo time; noon to 4 p.m. GMT

At this mini workshop at the Central Department for In-service Training lab in Cairo, participants will receive information on free software, explore techniques and resources for community-building, and experiment with a variety of synchronous and asynchronous communication resources for language learning and teacher professional development. Participants in Cairo will work with online participants from Webheads groups online.

The activities, URLs, instructions, and outcomes of this workshop are: 



URL and Instructions




http://www.tappedin.org/ - Either register for membership or sign in as a Guest. Meet other online participants at TappedIn

Reach consensus on a groupname for a Yahoo Group


YahooGroups: Formation

Observe how we start a group at http://www.yahoogroups.com

Form a community portal


YahooGroups: Enroll

Log in to your email account and by sending a blank message to groupname-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Enroll in the groupname community


YahooGroups: Photos section

Take some digital photos and put them in the Photos section at http://www.yahoogroups.com

Store at least one photo at YahooGroups



Examine the tutorial at http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/pi/very_basics/starthere.htm

Learn use of IMG SRC


Blogging: Introduction

Follow the instructions at http://www.homestead.com/prosites-vstevens/files/efi/blogger_tutorial.htm

Start a blog


Blogging: Template


Place at least one photo on your blog


Blogging: Posting and Editing

Revisit your blog and post and edit  at http://www.blogger.com

Write your assessment of the workshop


YahooGroups: Links section

Visit the Links section of http://www.yahoogroups.com

Link your blog at the groupname portal

Post-session followup:

Buthaina Alothman will moderate the YahooGroup formed and help participants move on to the TESOL EVOnline Becoming a Webhead sessions if they wish: 

Additional sites for community building online

Synchronous and asynchronous text-based communications tools

Synchronous and asynchronous text-based and audio-based communications tools:

Synchronous text, voice, and web-cam enhanced chat software:

Web sites for setting up portals for promoting community groupings online:

  Webheads communities:

  You can find more information on such tools here:

  Vance’s presentations are linked from: http://www.vancestevens.com/