Reflections on EVO (2009 and later)

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4- From EVO 2009 to EVO 2010

Before starting EVO 2010, I felt it necessary to summarise what I have been doing over the past year, seeing that I failed to post regularly as I had intended to. Therefore, I went back to my Plans and Goals post, and I must confess whatever pride I had felt soon dwindled at the number of unkept resolutions. I have done very little of what I had set out to do, but I did explore a number of issues that “landed on my lap”, as it were.

I embarked on an online course organised by Educared called “Maestros en Tecnologias“. It was taught on Moodle over five months, from May to October. It enabled me to read further on eportfolios, ICT in education in general, criteria for the use of technology, assessment, etc. Some of the links I bookmarked are in English, others in Spanish. I was asked to start an e-portfolio during the course, which can be found here. I worked collaboratively with a colleague to produce the assessment tasks, and we profited from Google Docs to that effect (see one document). The theoretical paper is available from the e-portfolio, and the virtual spaces we created are a wiki and a Ning platform., both with open access.

I made a presentation and participated in a panel at the 2009 FAAPI Conference in Bahia Blanca, which is an annual meeting of EFL teachers from all over Argentina, held in a different city each year. I blogged about both experiences, using tools such as Scribd, Slide, Polldaddy and MapTrot. See Of Mouse and Book (2009 FAAPI Conference) for the lecture, Perspectives on the Teaching of Literature (2009 FAAPI Conference) for the panel and What people had to say (2009 FAAPI Conference) for a summary of the feedback on the project.

I taught two postgraduate courses for EFL teachers, mostly online, using the Dokeos VLE, which proved quite a flexible resource. Access is restricted to participants, unfortunately.

I gave Podomatic  a try but did not persevere, and opened a Goodreads account, but did not update it. In contrast, I have been bookmarking extensively on Delicious (and recently opened a Diigo account where I exported my bookmarks), and in the second half of the year became quite a regular twitterer, not posting too much, but learning galore from the people I follow. I have opened a LinkedIn account too.

During Multiliteracies 2009 I had designed a wiki for FCE students and a Ning for my Literature classes (see Experiences during EVO2009 for some screenshots). I must confess the FCE students were extremely reluctant to contribute and failed to commit to any collaborative writing task – but then it was a class which was quite reluctant to do any kind of work, I’m afraid. After some initial postings and comments, only a few of them used it merely as a repository of materials or to find the list of assignments. As it was a special group, I will give it another try in 2010, after re-designing its structure . I also created a wiki for my CPE class, which was a little more successful. I also intend to change its structure to enhance searches and usability.

Now the Ning for Literature at the TEFL degree programme was really a surprise and a joy to work with. It brought together 4 classes from 2 different institutions. All the students contributed videos, photos, audio files and posts. They kept reading journals and created PPPs and videos which they embedded. Tagging was not consistent, though, and they would not bookmark on delicious as suggested either. Students in one of the classes in particular interacted profusely with one another, always commenting on each other’s work. I’m not sure why this group was more interactive: it may be they are younger and more used to social media, or simply that they knew each other better and got on very well together.  Parallely to this Ning, each class had a wiki and a VLE, which was exclusive to them (and which is private). Some examples of the work done here (especially during the Swine Flu epidemic which entailed a suspension of f2f classes) can be seen here. Also during the epidemic I taught a class on WiZiQ , whose recording is private to the institution.

Passwords for wikis and Ning will be included in my page on the Multiliteracies Ning in case you want to explore them.

I learnt about a number of tools from my students, and used one of them to write a greeting for my acquaintances for the end of the year. As it uses Flash, it won’t embed in wordpress.com blogs, so here is the link.

All in all, I believe it has been a fruitful year, although there have been some pitfalls, and mostly I lacked the time to follow up on some resolutions. I look forward now to Multiliteracies 2010, which I know will be greatly enriching.

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