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Nome de utilizador: Dafne Gonzalez
Yes, I truly belive that WiA is a CoP, because we share a main interest: explore Web tools (especially free ones) and how to best apply them to our educational contexts. We also have a core trait of CoP's, we share our expertise, we learn from and with each other. There is distributed leadership, too. Even though we have a coordinator, each participant can take a leading role at any moment when his/her area of expertise is needed. There is coaching, scaffolding, and social interaction as well. I think these are all traits of a CoP.
Yes, I think that WiA is the best source of PD for language teachers. If we follow the history of WiA, we can see how participants who started from scratch, that is without any knowledge on the use of technology are nowadays experts and leaders in this area, and they are, in turn, using their acquired knowledge to train others. Maybe WiA does not have a fixed curriculum, it is a flexible syllabus that changes according to the participants' needs.
Well, I think I answered this question in the previous one. The results are visible in the performance of its members. One of the main objectives that WiA has (even though it is not written) is to make participants at ease with technology, to show them it is fun and not as difficult as they might have thought. Soon after joining WiA, participants start exploring without fear of making mistakes, because they know that if they do, they will get help from other colleages just by sending an e-mail, or contacting them in Yahoo Messenger, Skype, or MSN. Another practical result is having webheads colleagues collaborate in projects: articles, presentations at conferences, work with students live or asynchronously, etc.
Nome de utilizador: rob clement
Yes, depending on the people involved and their willingness to share and learn from each other. There has to be give and take.
Possibly. i think you are refering to the BAWL2005(6) group... a training curriculum. perhaps too strong a term, more like an online community for sharing ideas and giving support, moral, technical, emotional support. i personally don't see too much curriculum work being done but that's my perspective.
That we are not alone and that we can share and learn from each other...
Nome de utilizador: venny
Yes, webheads is a Community of Practice as we share and learn collobaratively.
The group provides (free) opportunities for curricular training as there are online sessions, workshops, even a conference last year.
We get what we want: technology, supports...
Nome de utilizador: Lee Baber
Yes. WE constantly thrive on each others discoveries, questions, activities, and call for participation in each other' s ideas. Through this we collectively grow in our abilities to use technology in all kinds of ways to do with educating others and ourselves.
Yes in part. When we are starting to use a new tool , we inevitably are able to ask each other for help thereby getting training. It is everything from one on one as one friend to another to formal training and the availability of consutation and training for fees(which is not usually something this group ends up needing to do)
We learn more about all those things that brought us together in the first place. It is a continuing education so to speak. We do not know what we are going to learn next until we get there by way of collaboration in both thinking as well as learning . As a footnote, feedback and reflection is a big part of the learning process)
Nome de utilizador: Richard Green
The old saying still holds true that "Two Heads are Better than One," and, "Pleasure Shared is Pleasure Doubled," unless we are all autodidacts, ala Jorge Luis Borges, knowledge is enriched through the practice of sharing what we know targeted to the specific needs of specific groups. My communication has gotten clearer, in the acquisition and transmission of what I know, not only making me a better teacher, more respectful of the values and interests of others, but, I am also a better "learner" thanks to the curiosity sparked by the great diversity of the international participants, who force me to look at what I know from more than one point of view. What I know and need to know becomes clearer in a kind of "Stone Soup," of sharing, where, what I put in is exactly what I will get out, No Less, No More. (I don't know if you know the story of Stone Soup, but I share it here with you, as I share it with my jewish students, ALTHOUGH! I am not jewish): http://www.lchaimweekly.org/lchaim/5762/693.htm#caption1 So, thank you for asking the question! I hope this answers at least part of what you are asking, and, the other participants in your survery will help out with the rest!
Moderators serve the important function of ensuring that this is the case, especially, when participants like myself contantly veer off topic, and, need and SHOULD be reminded to stick to the topic. The training curriculum in this group I would have to say is most in evidence by the quality of the QUALITY CONTROL a moderator injects into the group. On the other hand, we have to apply new modalities of evaluation, in a kind Revised Bloom's Taxonomy for the 21st Century, where the concept of the "autonomous learner," is further developed and explored. I am discovering more and more that learning is not only more enjoyable online but that Problem-based Learning is at the center of the development of character which, in turn, is central to the strengthening of each of our communities' life. Perhaps, collectively, we can solve problems by creating a new Problem-Based learning curriculum and style that matches diverse learning styles and needs of participants in communities online.
I began to state this in my answer to question two, above. What stands out most in my mind, is, simplicity. We gain the ability to be "Simple" not in a Juan Bobo way, but by learning to be more concise, since, the writing and oftentimes, the sound and video must be heavily edited to compensate for recipients computers requirements that could not download a response of, say, more than 20 minutes, maximum on a video. So, it is a Gift to be Simple, and, also, we are learning Ethics. How to take turns, just as if we were in kindergarten again, take turns, raise our hands, to ask questions, and, develop the critical listening skills to listen to more than our own opinion on what we want to hear or say, and learn to listen and See better, what it it that is actually being said, despite our own prejudices which would like to see things from a personal, and, naiive way of looking at the world. I also know that my writing skills have improved, So, in summation, Critical Listening, and Thinking skills, Speech and Communication and Writing Skills across the curriculum are improved. Thank you for asking, I feel we should do this more often. Good Luck and Godspeed. Please let me know you got this, for, I made a copy, just in case any part of this is missing or unclear to you, Sincerely, Ricardo Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Nome de utilizador: Gladys Baya
Absolutely!:D I believe what takes place at WIA fits every element of the definition you provide: we are obviously a group of people, share a concern and a passion for the integration of computers into teaching languages, work together to learn to do it better, and interact regularly synchronously as well as asynchronously.
Isn't our syllabus for "BAW sessions" a training curriculum? What about the curriculum that can be built after learning has taken place, as you go over the threads of discussion for any period of time? (I'd need to be provided with a definition of "trainig curriculum" to be more confident about my answer, though).
I guess the best of this all is that each of us learns what they need/want to learn. The main practical result is that we do away with isolation and help each other get ahead in their local environments. Above all, we learn we're not alone, and that a team is much more than a "collection of people", that distances don't matter, and that "growing up / development" is always possible. Since we're all educators, in other words, we learn that what we work for can be achieved!
Nome de utilizador: Maria Luísa Ribeiro Rosa
What do we do? We are a group, we interact regularly (sometimes in a daily basis), exchanging opinions, readings, approaches,etc. So, we are engaged in a collective learning process, in which people with varying degrees of teaching and computer expertise give or/and get help. In my opinion, this is a real CoP!
I'm sure they can be (and they should), as we deal with different aspects of the language teaching (methodology, techniques, approaches, etc). All the work that has been done by so many webheads along these years are the proof that this is already a training curriculum for so many of us, teachers.
Among others, we learn to be cooperative, to work in group, to share ideas and opinions, to live in society, to understand other peoples, to get a more open-minded attitude. Isn't all this essential to be a good teacher? I think so, as to me being a good teacher doesn't mean only teaching the syllabus but also understanding, helping and thus facilitating the student's learning process.
Nome de utilizador: Hala Fawzi
Yes.Because we are "a group",sharing same interest in EFL/ESL teaching and learning and we are helping eachother in learning about new web tools to be integrated in our calssrooms.How?together and collaboratively.
Yes.We know about a web tool tool,for example,go over tutorials, some instructions,practice using it,maybe using it with students,giving our feed back to each other sometimes,or if I have asked any question about it,I do find answer among webheads,as a feedback .Then,we evaluate the tool,whether it worked or not,successful or needs some other modification.I forgot that some of the webheads design theirown syllabus.
Whether formal or informal learning,which I find more here,when we learn together,on the cyberspace,we trust each other,we believe in eachother,a high quality outcomese are produced.We have no teacher,only moderators.The final rusult we are all turning into modeators.I have'nt read about collaborative learning,but I hope this helps.
Nome de utilizador: Ramona Dietrich
Yes, I believe that the Webheads are a community of practice because "they are a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly". The focus of this group is technology and learning. Everyone involved joins this group voluntarily. There is an online workshop where true instruction takes place. But the community exists even after the instruction ends. That continuation of the relationships and interaction among the group (sharing information and ideas about technology and learning) is what I think makes a true CoP.
The practices of this group can be considered as a training curriculum because there is a formal aspect to this learning as well. We are now entering into a six-week "online training" course which has set goals and objectives for the group. It is organized, there is a syllabus, there are assignments, there is a purpose which will be lead to outcomes: these are all the trappings of an structured course, not just a group of people meeting online to chat.
If we have the time and the proper equipment, we learn technological applications that can be used to enhance efl classes. What makes this group special though is that when the classes finish the colloration continues. The members form a bond during the 6-week course that extends beyond the border of the initial learning period. The members scaffold each other and the teaching/learning cycle continues. A member can count on the expertise and support of other members.
Nome de utilizador: Daniel Bassill
We can learn from the process Webheads have followed to grow into a group of people that meets regurarly and shares information. We can also learn from the information that is shared, which focuses broadly on e-learning. From the actions of groups of members, or individual members, we can learn how the process and the learning can be applied to specific problem solving and community bilding. For instance, I lead the Tutor/Mentor Connection, based in Chicago. I learn ideas from Webheads that I try to apply in my work. I also participate in Webhead events to share what I know. Finally, because of this association, Webheads members also participate in events that connect them with people in my own network. My web portal is http://msg.uc.iupui.edu/TMC/html/index.php
I think that curriculum has to be more organized, and more focused on a single purpose. I don't think Webheads as a group yet could be considered a curriculum. Yet, many individual Webheads demonstrate training curriculums that they have learned through networking with other Web heads.
The world has not yet to learn to learn and collaborate via the Internet. Not enough people yet understand that collaboration is built on relationship and trust, which takes time to develop. The Webheads core group of people have built a tremendous relationship and actively share what they know to help each other. We need to learn to support this process in more places if we are to move to more people into an on-line learning and collaboration environment. The relationship building is only the first step of building on-line traffic. There also has to be meaningful learning that is valued enough by members that they will find time to participate. I think that Webheads have demonstrated ways to share knowledge on an on-going basis and this has resulted in a growing community of practice.
Nome de utilizador: Sharon Holdner
Cristina, I think that the answer to this question is obvious. I assume that you're talking about webheads....If you follow the yahoo list serve for BaW 2002 (which I know that you do) you will see that there are lurkers and then there is a small cadre of folks who are regularly in attendance, sharing best practices and supporting each other through collaborative efforts.
I see a training curriculum arise when someone has a project or a problem and the group guides the individual through the process. There is an obvious curriculum in the BaW sessions. It is based on social constructivism and not only engages the learners for 6 weeks, but retains part of the learning community on a permanent basis.
For the psychological perspective, we learn the value of team work within a multi-cultural exchange environment. From the practical perspective we learn (if we choose to participate) practical skills that enhance our teaching practices.
Nome de utilizador: Julia Hale
Absolutely, I mostly just read the webhead e-mails and I have learned a LOT. The constant stream of like minded comments leads one to come up with new ideas of your own or adapt ideas presented by others. Together as a Community of Teachers who are interested in incorportaing technology into the classroom (practice) we are automatically a CoP.
We learn from others mistakes and sucesses. The best kind of learning. The ultimate goal is to constantly improve our teaching pracice and the practical result is that we don't have to do all the work ourselves but can rely on the experience (mistakes and sucesses) of others.
Nome de utilizador: Chris Jones
I think we are a Community of Practice. We meet regularly to learn from each other. I've learned a great deal over the 4 years I've been a member and feel that I've done a good job of giving back by helping others when I know more than they do.
I don't really understand what you mean by "training curriculum."
I've learned to use Yahoo Messenger, Elluminate.com, Alado.com, and other voice chat programs. I've used YM with my ESL students, and I've demonstated all 3 of these programs in a face to face presentation at a national conference. I've also presented in an online conference (WIACO) using Elluminate.com.