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Page history last edited by Vance Stevens 15 years, 6 months ago

Hi, I'm Vance,

cat-herder-in-chief and one of the moderators

of this session on Multiliteracies.


I've been teaching the course in ever evolving iterations for TESOL for the last few years, so much of the material you find here was developed over that time.


You can find my blog at http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com.  There are links from there to other sites I maintain, for example my list of presentations, publications, and postings at http://vancestevens.com/papers


I am using this space to keep a few notes.  I used the document repository template which essentially gives you a ready made 3-column table 


Some Notes pertaining to Multiliteracies


URL Date Notes
"Podcast" recordings from Learning 2.008 in Shanghai some time in 2008 Largely the work of Jeff Utecht, this f2f conference in Shanghai was designed to be recorded and preserved for future reference
A modern tale of one of the little known pitfalls of social networking, why it pays to be aware of multiliteracy concerns via Twitter network Dec 16, 2008

Canberra based lawyer Mark MacCormack, was granted permission to use this innovative approach by the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court after all other attempts to contact the couple failed.

According to reports, Carmel Carbo and Gordon Poyser had failed to meet repayments on their $150,000 (£65,700) loan with mortgage provider MKMcapital. Consequently, law firm Meyer Vandenberg had been charged with task of finding the couple and serving them their repossession papers.

After repeated attempts to contact the couple at their home proved fruitless, MacCormack turned to Facebook.

A simple search for Carbo’s email address returned a positive result and the resourceful lawyer used information detailed on her mortgage application to confirm a match with her Facebook profile. Conveniently, Poyser was also registered on Facebook, with his profile listed under Carbo’s ‘friends’.

Stumbled on the Flat Classroom Project today via Cristina Costa on the Twitter network Dec 16, 2008 Cristina is a font of URLs with scintillating ideas.  This one put me onto this keynote by Terry Friedman.  It's multiliterate in a multimodal sense.  


Hear the difference between teaching via print literacy and multiliteracy the web 2.0 way

from the Conversations Show 14 2008-10-26 at http://www.edtechtalk.com/node/3397:


(autostart now thankfully set to FALSE ;-)





Comments (2)

Dennis Oliver said

at 8:04 pm on Jan 17, 2009

Very impressive, Vance!

This not only demonstrates what a personal wiki page can be but also gives additional resources to support the MultiLit content. Kudos!

It's really good to have you back, by the way.

D. O.

Dennis Oliver said

at 8:44 pm on Jan 17, 2009

The snippet from the Conversations Show was fascinating. I could relate to both kinds of teaching, even for blended classes. Where I last taught, my classes were almost 100% writing and grammar. In that setting, there was a lot of interest in tech-enhanced teaching and learning, but it was managed in a very heavy-handed, rigid way: the number of blended classes an instructor could do was limited, Blackboard had to be the CMS, a particular organization of content was favored, and so on. Also, the Blackboard modules came pre-loaded with items which were inappropriate for my classes. I had loads of papers to mark in my writing classes, and even more of them because I required at least two drafts, each with a grade. I didn't use the workbooks required by some of my colleagues teaching the same classes because even though they were good, my students copied the answers. That meant I had to keep creating a constant stream of exercises and learning tasks that were all new and based on individual classes and students.

I also find that it's very time-consuming to set up hybrid or totally online classes, and that it's also time-consuming to keep on top of monitoring the activity and keeping students engaged.

D. O.

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