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 http://21centuryskills4pdo.ning.com/ (Went offline when Ning became commercial)
We also have a blog: http://justcurious.posterous.com
(moved to: http://curiousvance.wordpress.com/ )
and an Etherpad wiki: http://etherpad.com/21centuryskills4pdo
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: http://tinyurl.com/21centuryskills4pdo
Course TAG: 21centuryskills4pdo
Please use the course tag on all blog posts and web artifacts created during this course
CLASS FINALE MEGA-EVENT
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: http://curiousvance.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/class-finale-january-19-2010-live-worldwide-webcast-from-7-to-830-a-m-gmt/
URLs for Presentation on Sunday Jan 10, 2010
Notes for this presentation: http://tinyurl.com/21centuryskills4pdo
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:/delicious.com 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: http://etherpad.com/21centuryskills4pdo
We also seem to have discovered some interesing affordances of http://posterous.com for class blogging, regarding
Accordingly, we've moved some of our own class dynamics to http://justcurious.posterous.com
Session 2: Thursday, January 14
In this session I would like to
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) http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/
From Scott Leslie's nice collection of PLE diagrams: http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/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,
Kim's blog, Always Learning at http://mscofino.edublogs.org/, 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
There's more information on these two tools (a comparison) here: http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2007/11/whos-in-charge-here-wiziq-and.html
There are two live sessions scheduled for today. These can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/evomlit2010events
- 4 pm Sunday (12 noon GMT) at http://tappedin.org
- 6 pm Sunday in Elluminate, http://tinyurl.com/y3eh 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 http://yahoogroups.com (which redirects to http://groups.yahoo.com) 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 BreakingNewsEnglish.com. 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: http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/download/index.php. 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 http://breakingnewsenglish.com/bne.rss. 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 http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/
Choose events wiki for 2010 in the sidebar, or go directly via http://tinyurl.com/evomlit2010events
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 http://evosessions.pbworks.com/CALENDAR
And another link there, http://my.calendars.net/eslhome_conferen/, 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.
We can Twitter people to join us at a moment's notice (bringing our PLN into play) and in so doing I will demonstrate http://twitter.com
See http://tinyurl.com/evomlit2010events for a description of the event as it is seen worldwide
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.
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
∙ 4 x 1.5 hour labs
∙ EVO Website: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/Call_for_Participation2010
∙ 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
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: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/.
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: http://tinyurl.com/21centuryskills4pdo
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 email@example.com, ext. 75172,
or 02-607-5172 from outside the PI.
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