The Petroleum Institute AUP Computing

Professional Development and Community Courses

Course entitled: 21st Century Skills for Professional Development Online

Instructor: Vance Stevens, AUP (Dept.) Computing






A Ning has been created for this course.  Please join it at (Went offline when Ning became commercial)

We also have a blog:
(moved to: )

and an Etherpad wiki:

Etherpad was acquired by Google and has ceased to function, but content that was there has mostly been mirrored at this document

finally, there is a tinyurl for this page:


Course TAG: 21centuryskills4pdo

Please use the course tag on all blog posts and web artifacts created during this course


JANUARY 19, 2009 - was held in 8-017 from 11 to 12:30 in Abu Dhabi (7:00  a.m. - 12:30 GMT)

The rest of the world was invited and we had presentations by

More information regarding our plan for the day is at our blog:


URLs for Presentation on Sunday Jan 10, 2010


 Notes for this presentation:

During the presentation, we visited the following websites:



We decided that the most appropriate presentation for newcomers to online learning to join would be Becoming a Webhead


Two of us are following the session on Interactive Whiteboards


I am moderating the session on Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments, so if you wanted to follow that one, you would have the unique advantage of face-to-face assistance from a co-moderator of the session who is knowledgeable about the issues, content, mechanics, and logistics of the session.


You can take more than one session.  You can start any session and drop out after a while. You can start many of the sessions now or later if you wish.  Learn what you have time to learn - this is at your convenience.


You will need at minimum two accounts to participate in these sessions.



There is more information about getting a Google/Gmail account on pages 4-5 of this document:

Also, information on http:/ starting on p. 28 here as well




Plans for sessions starting Tuesday Jan 10, 2010

From 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on these dates:


·         Tuesday, January 12, 2010

·         Thursday January 14, 2010

·         Sunday, January 17, 2010

·         Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Session 1: Tuesday, January 12


We planned to ...



Start a Wikibook logging what we are doing in the course, what Web 2.0 tools we find useful ...

For what we actually did on Tuesday Jan 12, 2010, we're working on that together, here:

We also seem to have discovered some interesing affordances of for class blogging, regarding


Accordingly, we've moved some of our own class dynamics to


Session 2: Thursday, January 14


In this session I would like to


  1. Warm up with a word or two about PLN's or personal learning networks (see below)
    We started out by having a look at Twitter, and I showed where had an RSS feed and could be added to a feed reader
    Recap some of what we've covered already

However, as can be noted from the diagrams below, we've covered most of the essential toolsLeave adequate time for workshop mode, where participants address tasks in the sessions they are following
Mariam and I broke into small groups and worked on bringing each other up to speed (actually she brought Vance up to speed) with Smart Teaching with IWB's



Creating your own Personal Learning Environment





The diagram is from "PLN Yourself" (Sue Waters)


From Scott Leslie's nice collection of PLE diagrams:

I like this one from D'Arcy Norman (simple, to the point)


This is Kim Cofino on Personal Learning Networks:

From her asynchronous keynote at the K-12 Online Conference 2009

Going Global: Culture Shock, Convergence and the Future of Education,


Download here:




Kim's blog, Always Learning at, is worth checking out.


Session 3: Sunday, January 17


Synchronous tools for collaboration in real time with colleagues

We've already used these synchronous wikis


There are two interesting microblogging tools, one for PLN development, the other two for backchannel use with students

Presentation tools 


There's more information on these two tools (a comparison) here:

There are two live sessions scheduled for today.  These can be found here:


 - 4 pm Sunday (12 noon GMT) at

 - 6 pm Sunday in Elluminate, Maggie Tsai will talk to us about Diigo (she works at Diigo, interfaces the company with educators)


In our session Sunday Jan 17 I took questions from those attending. 


The first question regarded managing the glut of email that EVO sessions generate.  I showed how to visit (which redirects to and selecting from the list of groups you are in the one you are trying to manage.  Near the top of the page find Edit Membership and click on it.  This takes you to a page where you can select to receive each email individually (you get LOTS of mails) or a daily digest (one big mail a day) or Read it On the Web (no mail, just read it at the website).  We compared the YahooGroup website view with the Google Reader view.  Both are similar but for groups with RSS feeds, you can see several feeds more easily through your reader (they're all in one place).  To read them in YahooGroups you have to do a lot of scrolling and clicking to find the feeds you want (unless you belong to only a couple of groups). But for groups like BaW whose messages are not public, no RSS feed is generated, so you have to read that mail at the YGroup site.


The second question was about getting the mp3 files off Sean Banville's site  There are two ways.  If you want to follow all of the material there, and see content as it's updated, you can subscribe to the podasts.  For this you need an RSS feed reader that specializes in extracting mp3 files and downloading them to your computer. I brought my laptop down and showed Juice, which you can get here:  To use Juice you visit a site with audio content and find an RSS icon, right click on it, and copy its link location; for example Paste this feed URL into Juice where it says ADD and Juice will then go out to the site on demand and download any updated material from there. 


This will feed you a stream of new mp3 files as they are put at the site and download them to your computer (My Documents / My Received Podcasts folder).  But if you just want one or two files, find their links, right click on them, and select Save Link Location.  The file will be saved on your computer or directly in the L drive where your students can access it, as you like.


We then explored TappedIn, Edmodo, and Elluminate.  We went through the sign up procedures at each site (simple).  We then prepared to use these sites either later today (see calendars below) or at our last session where we'll try to organize our own live event.


Here's a path to the event calendars: start with

Choose events wiki for 2010 in the sidebar, or go directly via

This shows the schedule of events for the Multiliteracies course. 

For the EVO sessions in general, the link at the top of that page points to

And another link there,, points to a calendar that is updated throughout the year.




Session 4: Tuesday, January 19


What we do today, in our last workshop of 4 scheduled, will be based on participant feedback in our shared virtual spaces.

Feedback from the two still-regular attendees seems to be that we will have a live event session in and Elluminate

We can Twitter people to join us at a moment's notice (bringing our PLN into play) and in so doing I will demonstrate  

See for a description of the event as it is seen worldwide


Course Description


21st Century Skills for Enhancing Professional Development Online

1.               Course Objectives

This course will introduce faculty and interested staff to Electronic Village Online, a series of professional development sessions put on by teachers and sponsored annually by TESOL CALL-IS since 2001.  The course will cover essential skills and tools needed for participation in EVO. The instructor will guide participants in hands-on involvement with the EVO sessions that most interest them, and strive to help participants enjoy interacting with others from around the world who share their interest in learning and how communication with like-minded peers through technology can facilitate that.


2.               Course Outcomes

During the course participants will:

                  Learn the rationale and advantages of utilizing online environments for ongoing professional development

                  Learn about and experiment with a range of synchronous and asynchronous tools facilitating learning online

                  Work hands-on with those tools that most appeal to them in engaging other EVO participants.

                  Meet peers online who share their interest in professional development and who are happy to help others navigate professionally-oriented online environments.

                  Learn how to nurture, develop, and utilize online networks for continuous professional development

                  Gain confidence to continue independently with their professional development interests in EVO and other community-based learning contexts


3.              Schedule

                  4 x 1.5 hour labs

4.              Materials and resources

                  EVO Website:

5.               Course intended to:

                  Introduce first time users of computer-based tools to productive engagement with peers in online professional environments

                  Be constructivist, enjoyable, participant driven, and non-threatening

                  Encourage exploration and self-paced learning 



Announcement, sent to PI faculty Jan 5, 2010:

Dear all,


The AUP Computing Unit is offering a course entitled “21st Century Skills for Enhancing Professional Development Online” to PI faculty. The course will take place over four computer lab sessions and will introduce complete beginners in online environments to the TESOL CALL-IS-sponsored free Electronic Village Online professional development sessions:


This AUP Computing course aims to give participants face-to-face assistance in a hands-on lab setting in learning the tools and skills necessary to engage with peers in the EVO online environment.  The EVO sessions are populated by teachers who are themselves eager to assist newcomers in learning how to leverage their professional development online.  Participants will be presented with a basic tool set and shown more as-needed while being encouraged to interact with EVO participants worldwide in their choice of skill areas, a complete list of which can be found here:


There are no pre-requisites for this course apart from an open mind and a willingness to enjoy sharing with others who are themselves hoping to learn online.


The course will take place over four 1.5 hour lab sessions from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on these dates:


•••••••• Tuesday, January 12, 2010

•••••••• Thursday January 14, 2010

•••••••• Sunday, January 17, 2010

•••••••• Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Cost: AED 100.00 (for non PI registrants)


All materials will be available online, including the course outline here:


There are 20 places on this course. To register for the course or for further information,

contact Vance Stevens, the AUP Computing Instructor for this course, at, ext. 75172,

or 02-607-5172 from outside the PI.



Those responding (registered participants)

1.    Jean Floyd, English language lecturer

2.    Mariam Al Hanai, AUP Maths

3.    Vanessa Middleton, PI Librarian

4.    Yu Zhou,

graduate student and teaching assisstant from Petroleum department

5.    Deborah Faul, AUP English lecturer

6.    Dyana Merline Saju, Research  Associate, Chemical Engineering