Today was a busy day. I participated in a rather long CALL Fair and gave a paper presentation. I think that the CALL Fair went well, but the paper….not so much 🙂 However, I’ll post some of the materials here just in case you’d like to take a look.
My CALL Fair presentation was titled, “Online social networks for specialized language learning environments.” It was mainly focused on using Ning to quickly and easily set up an online social network and demonstrating the functions built into Ning sites. I also spent a little time (more with some than others) discussing other options.
Here is the proposal (.doc)
Here is the presentation that I put together, but didn’t really use.
I chose, instead, to take them directly to sites to see for themselves. I put together a quick and dirty site at ALAK 2008 Test Site that you are free to play with. I’ll leave it up for a least a little while. I also showed them my class Ning site, which is closed to the public, LiveMocha (a language learning online social network), and Teach the People (Facebook application), as well as a few other sample sites (see notes sheet for collection of sites).
I don’t think my paper presentation went nearly as well. In “Changing Learning Theories,” I really bit off more than I could chew for this one. I have an ambitious goal of doing an overview of Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism, and Connectivism as well a potential applications of Connectivism to language learning teaching and learning. Did I mention that I had 20 minutes to do this in? I had to rush through too much and I didn’t explain the newest theory on the block, Connectivism, well enough for the majority who had never heard of it. I should have just cut out the other learning theories (assuming that the audience had some knowledge of them) and focused on Connectivism and language learning. Oh well, take a look at the presentation for yourself. I put quite a bit in the notes, so be sure to check those out.
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