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WiAOC 2005: Webheads in Action Online Convergence "Bridges across Cyberspace"

Friday and Saturday, November 18 - 19, 2005
and Convergence rap-up Sunday November 20

Official Schedule:
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Keynotes - : Bonk #1 / Nunan / Bonk#2 / Egbert / Sperling / Davis

Invited speakers in order of appearance

Friday, Nov 18 02:00-03:30 a.m. GMT
Curtis Bonk

Blended Learning: Frameworks, Models, Stories, and Examples

will speak to us from New York where this is Thu Nov 17 at 21:00 (9:00 p.m.)
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Venue: Elluminate/Webheads room at Learning Times

Curt Bonk is a former corporate controller and CPA who has been a Professor of Educational Psychology at Indiana University for 13 years, currently in the Department of Instructional Systems Technology. Dr. Bonk is President of CourseShare and SurveyShare and also a Senior Research Fellow with the Advanced Distributed Learning Lab within the Department of Defense and a founding member of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at IU. He has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards from IU as well as the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association in 2002, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association in 2003, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana in 2003. In 2004, Curt received an alumni achievement award from the University of Wisconsin. During the past two years, he has presented over 175 talks around the globe related to online teaching and learning, including ones at universities in China, Australia, Korea, Finland, Ireland, Taiwan, Malaysia, Spain, Iceland, the UK, and the United Arab Emirates. Curt has more than 100 publications on topics such as online learning pedagogy, massive multiplayer online gaming, collaborative technologies, synchronous and asynchronous computer conferencing, and frameworks for Web-based instruction and evaluation. Currently, he is working on the Handbook of Blended Learning Environments: Global Perspectives, Local Designs to be published by Pfeiffer Publishing in December 2005. .

Abstract: Instead of debating the costs and benefits of online learning, many educators are now exploring ways to blend e-learning technologies and environments. There is both extensive confusion and much optimism about blended learning due to multiple blended learning definitions and approaches. Some might blend in order to address different learning styles. Others might blend to take advantage of face-to-face and virtual learning opportunities. Still others might blend to combine synchronous and asynchronous technologies to best meet student needs. To addresses these issues, in this talk, Dr. Bonk will lay out several different models and definitions of blended learning. The session will expose the advantages as well as the disadvantages of blended learning as related to the different models. Perhaps, most importantly, the session will include more than two dozen different examples of blended learning in actual courses in many different disciplines and levels of institutions (e.g., community college, college, university, etc.).

Friday, Nov 18 08:00-09:00 a.m. GMT
David Nunan

English Language Teaching: Current Trends, Challenges and Internet solutions

will speak to us from Hong Kong where this is Friday Nov 18 at 16:00 (4 p.m.)
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is Senior Academic Advisor to GlobalEnglish, the largest provider of online courses in the world, and guest editor of the latest issue of Language Learning and Technology (vol 9 issue 3) - devoted to technology and oral language development He has conducted graduate seminars online and his latest books include online components.

Abstract: The aim of this presentation is to look at some key trends in language teaching, to present the challenges offered by these trends, and to suggest some solutions to these challenges that are afforded by the Internet.

There are numerous trends that have emerged in language teaching and learning over the last few years. However, I would like to limit my focus to just three of these. The first is the emergence of English as a global language, the second has to do with changing concepts of language and learning, and the third focuses on changes to pedagogy.

Powerpoint slide show:

Friday, Nov 18
14:00-15:30 p.m. GMT

Curtis Bonk

OOPS, Did I mean to share that: Opensource, Opencourseware, and the learning objects of tomorrow

Dr. Bonk will speak to us from New York where this is Fri Nov 18 at 09:00 a.m.
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Venue: Elluminate/Webheads room at Learning Times

You can see the slides preview here:

Abstract: During the past two decades, technology in education has evolved through various movements and metaphors including using technology to “enhance” the curriculum, “extend” the curriculum, and “transform” the curriculum. Now there is a shift to using technology to “share” the curriculum. There are web sites springing up around the globe related to sharing courses, course materials, resources, and teaching ideas. MERLOT, for example, has more than 26,000 members and 12,000 shared learning objects as well as an annual international conference. CAREO is a similar project developed in Canada. And, of course, there is a the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative which is not only sharing course content from MIT around the globe in English, but is now being translated into other languages such as Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese, including the Opensource Opencourseware Prototype System (OOPS) in Taiwan. Many questions surround such systems and sites. For example, who will continue to maintain or update such sites? For what purpose will people share? Will these “share” sites bridge the digital divide? How will copyright issues be addressed? What happens when one did not mean to share his or her course contents or ideas, or, at least, not as widely? How will such learning objects of today be viewed in 100 or 200 years? Will online sharing become expected of all faculty members around the planet? If so, how will that change the face of higher education? In this humorous, informative, media-rich, and thought provoking keynote session, Curt Bonk will highlight such themes and issues while pushing the audience to think of short- and long-range implications both for their institutions and organizations as well as for themselves.

Friday, Nov 18 11:00 to noon GMT
Joy Egbert

The end of CALL and how to achieve it.

will speak to us from Istanbul, Turkey, where this is Friday Nov 18 at 1:00 p.m.
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Likely venue: to be decided

Joy Egbert, author of numerous books and articles on CALL, plans to address us from Bogazici University in Turkey, with participation of colleagues there. Her talk will focus on goals/purposes for CALL and discussion of how to meet them. She plans to post the paper online and then conduct an asycnchronous discussion for a week leading up to her presentation.

You can read the paper here:
You may enter the Moodle as a guest and read the paper, or you can register for the conference here and subscribe to the forum associated with this event (forthcoming) at the WiAOC Moodle

Friday, Nov 18 18:00-19:00 p.m. GMT
Dave Sperling

Dave's ESL Cafe: A Reflection on a Decade of Building an Online Community

will speak to us from California where this is Friday Nov 18 at 10:00 a.m.
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Dave Sperling lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two children. He is the creator of the well-known ESL/EFL website, Dave's ESL Cafe, as well as the author of 'The Internet Guide for English Language Teachers,' Dave Sperling's Internet Guide,' and Dave Sperling's Internet Activity Workbook.' Dave began his teaching career in Asia in 1985, where he taught several years in Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. After returning to the United States, Dave completed his MA in Applied Linguistics at California State University, Northridge in 1995, and began teaching in their Intensive English ESL Program. He runs Dave's ESL Cafe full-time.

Abstract: Dave Sperling will discuss the creation and evolution of his popular website, Dave's ESL Cafe, focusing on the challenges he faced building and managing a large online community.

Saturday, Nov 19 11:00 a.m. GMT
Randall Davis

The role of multimedia content on the Web and how to create it.

will speak to us from Salt Lake City where this is Saturday Nov 19 at 8:00 a.m.
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Venue: Elluminate/Webheads room at Learning Times
You can interact with Randall in his forum at the WiAOC Moodle

Randall Davis is Computer Lab Coordinator at the English Language Institute, University of Utah, and outside of work, he is the creator of Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab (, an online multimedia listening lab for ESL students.

Abstract: As Internet access expands to even more remote places around the world, more and more learners are going online with the hope of improving their language skills, particularly in the areas of listening and speaking. This session will address the basic steps for creating online audio and video for language learning and then discuss the challenges of blending good content design with existing technologies in a pedagocially-sound way. Randall's preconference Webpage contains an audio introduction, a copy of the PowerPoint (to be uploaded shortly), and links to other resources:

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