Discussion thread: Introductions
--Georgia 19:35, 26 December 2009 (UTC)Hi, everybody! I am a late arrival in the workahop but I hope I'll manage to catch up with the rest of you. I found out about this workshop thanks to Nellie Deutsch who I "met" in another workshop of SEETA. I am a German and an English teacher for 17 years and I have been running my own Centre of Foreign Languages for the last 7 years. I have always been fascinated by technology although I must admit that my computer skills are basic. I am sure I will gain a lot from the workshop and thus I will enrich my knowledge and use new tools in teaching
- 1 Rae Roberts
- 2 Gladys Gahona
- 3 Nellie Deutsch
- 4 Marian Heddesheimer
- 5 redcamarocruiser
- 6 Deborah Heal
- 7 Fahriy
- 8 Mike Hart
- 9 Alex P. Real
- 10 Patricia Schlicht
- 11 Asdrubal
- 12 Nicolas Pettiaux
- 13 Richard Jones
- 14 Luis Ordóñez
- 15 rajendran
- 16 Zehra Altinay
- 17 Ester La Torre
- 18 Jairo Antonio Melo
- 19 Nadia El Borai
- 20 Creatiga
- 21 Dr. Indira Koneru
- 22 Ed Gonsalves
- 23 Cynthia
- 24 Raj
- 25 Hanni Verschuur
- 26 Bernard Lewis
- 27 Maria João
I have taught ESL in the USA and EFL in China, S.Korea, and in the United Arab Emirates. I am looking for more ways to expand the learner's experience. I have created blogs and games, but never have I worked with a Wiki. I would be interested to look at various ways in which wikis can be used for teaching English and in teacher education. --Rae Roberts 21:02, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hi Rae and welcome to the best wiki around. I find WikiEducator perfect for online collaborative learning. --Nellie Deutsch 21:18, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
For over thirty years I have taught mathematics, physics and chemistry. Currently I own a small academy where I teach: AF Centro. I have been in touch with computer technology since 1980 and started navigating the Internet since the early 90's.
The knowledge I have gained in teaching/tutoring comes from my personal experiences and self-studies. I have also been a self learner in computing, web programing, ITC and web 2.0 platforms and tools. As a perseverant learner and passioned for challenges, I have spent thousands of hours seeking new ways to integrate personal learning experiences into my teaching activities. I have devoted my professional life to my two passions: teaching and learning.
I am currently involved in several wiki-activities: developing open educational resources, participating in workgroups, assisting and facilitating eL4C workshops, participating in discussion groups, promoting our community outside, assisting in learning design projects, etc. I am deeply proud and honoured to collaborate with a team of very experienced and enthusiastic WikiEducators. Please feel free to post your introduction and comments on the page.
- Hi Gladys. It is always a pleasure to co-facilitate workshops with you. I am looking forward to lots of learning in this workshop as every teaching opportunity provides me with ongoing learning and a great deal of satisfaction. --Nellie Deutsch 11:05, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hello Gladys thank you for being our facilitator--Nadia El Borai 02:09, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hi Gladys. Hope we, the participants will have another collaborative learning experience. --Dr. Indira Koneru 04:59, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
I am passionate about learning and am currently completing my doctoral studies in educational leadership specializing in curriculum,and instruction online at the University of Phoenix and writing my dissertation. I am researching blended learning and instructor use of technology in higher education. In my spare time, I mentor educators on how to integrate web 2.0 tools for instruction and learning. I would like to see e-learning available and free worldwide.
I am interested in collaborative and engaged learning, social networking, philosophy, mindfulness meditation practice, the Alexander Technique, art, writing and poetry. I am looking forward to collaborating with other educators on the best ways to integrate technological tools in order to facilitate and improve instruction and learning.
Please feel free to contact me by email.
- Hello Nellie, thanks for being our facilitator and I am quite happy learning the moodle way. It takes some time to get used to. I like this page it is a good idea one can "see" and communicate with all the participants on one page.--Nadia El Borai 02:11, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- Thank you, Nadia. It's always a pleasure to learn with and from you in these workshops and yes, not even Moodle can surpass WikiEducator. I stopped using Moodle for about 2 years when I found WikiEducator. I only opted for the Moodle this time around to avoid using google groups because I don't like the google group interface. Perhaps things will change when google wave goes full blast. --Nellie Deutsch 07:22, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hi Nellie, glad to have another learning platform that enable us to collaborate with global peers for providing quality open content for global learners. Your teaching practices always inspire us; so, tried to learn about HTML color codes and succeeded. --Dr. Indira Koneru 05:17, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hi Indira, thank you. I believe that the best way to teach is to model for the learners. As the saying goes Actions speak louder than words. :) --Nellie Deutsch 07:22, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
--Marian Heddesheimer 16:22, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
- Welcome to the WikiEducator community, Marian. I am looking forward to a lot of collaboration with you on the wiki. Enjoy the workshop. --Nellie Deutsch 07:09, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
- Happy to see you in this workshop I am not so good with computers and it is good to see you joining. My German is rather rusty but I contributed a page in German on WE please feel free to improve my writing --Nadia El Borai 02:08, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Hello.My name is Mary Ziller and I am a librarian and English tutor. I am looking forward to learning more about wikis and improving my skills.redcamarocruiser 01:11, 10 December 2009 (UTC)
- Welcome to EL4C33, Mary. I am looking forward to collaborating on ESOL. --Nellie Deutsch 10:38, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
Aloha from Hawaii! It is lovely here today. I might have something for you. I am creating a course in the history of art and architecture around the world. ahaafoundation.org You might enjoy using it as part of your English tutoring. Something different.--Katherine Bolman 00:50, 18 December 2009 (UTC)
Hello to everyone from around the world! This is truly exciting to be participating in such a global way. My name is Deborah Heal and I live in Eugene, Oregon. I am a graduate student in Instructional Design and Technology at Walden University in the U.S. I come to this new profession from a fifeteen year career in medicine. I am convinced that we all need to learn as much as we can about global communication and culture and technology, not only to insure that our students and other adult learners can function well in the 21st century, but ourselves as well. My 11 year old son is already way ahead of me. Check out my blog at: www.instructionaldesignvillage.wordpress.com and pages on Facebook and LinkedIn. I look forward to learning from all of you. Thank you.--Ddheal 17:40, 12 December 2009 (UTC)
Aloha Deborah, I have been amazed at the changes going on if doctors offices when the have changed to computer records. I know they did not think they wanted to make the change and it saves them a lot of time. My field is art history and I went back to school to learn web design so I could make my own site. ahaafoundatioin.org If you have any thoughts about design of the pages I would love to hear back from you. I have started to put the course on wikieducator which is why I am taking this course--Katherine Bolman 18:37, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
Hi, My name is Fahriye. I am from Cyprus. I am senior instructor in education faculty at Eastern Mediterranean University. My research interest relies on online learning and teaching process. My Dprof project is about online roles of online tutors within online learning teaching process. I would like to share knowledge with you in order to support professional development within e-learning aspect.
- Hi Fahriye and welcome to WikiEducator. I am looking forward to sharing ideas on online instruction and learning. Perhaps you and Mike Hart can also collaborate and come up with an OER on the wiki.--Nellie Deutsch 10:43, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
Aloha from Hawaii! It is lovely here today. I might have something for you. I am creating a course in the history of art and architecture around the world. ahaafoundation.org I am approaching online learning in a bit of a different way. It if you build it they will come. So please come and see if you can use any part of the course. The micro lessons are question based so the teacher does not have to worry. Last week I taught in a small school in Pakistan using Skype while a group of 9 year olds were looking at the same web page I was. It was not easy and needs a lot of work but at least it happened.--Katherine Bolman 00:54, 18 December 2009 (UTC)
Hi, I'm a digital technologies teacher and ICT professional development facilitator, and looking at ways to improve e-learning. But more importantly sharing educational resources and planning. Hartmr 07:34, 13 December 2009 (UTC)
- Welcome, Mike. I am looking forward to collaborating with you on ways to improve e-learning. --Nellie Deutsch 10:41, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
Aloha from Hawaii! It is lovely here today. I might have something for you. I am creating a course in the history of art and architecture around the world. ahaafoundation.org I am approaching online learning in a bit of a different way. It if you build it they will come. So please come and see if you can use any part of the course. The micro lessons are question based so the teacher does not have to worry. If there is any way to collaborate please let me know. --Katherine Bolman 00:55, 18 December 2009 (UTC)Alexpreal 20:59, 12 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hi Alex and welcome to WikiEducator. I am looking forward to collaborating with you on your research interests. --Nellie Deutsch 10:46, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
Alex, Aloha from Hawaii! It is lovely here today. I might have something for you. I am creating a course in the history of art and architecture around the world. ahaafoundation.org I am approaching online learning in a bit of a different way. It if you build it they will come. So please come and see if you can use any part of the course. The micro lessons are question based so the teacher does not have to worry. I would love to have your ideas about different ways this site can be used. If you have any teachers who want to collaborate please send them to me to talk about an idea.--Katherine Bolman 00:57, 18 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hi Patricia and welcome to EL4C33. I share your passion for learning and sharing WikiEducator with the world. --Nellie Deutsch 07:14, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- Happy to see you here--Nadia El Borai 02:05, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Patricia, I see you wear a lot of different hats. I your expertise culture/anthropology and phillanthropist I would love to have review the site I am creating. My field is art history and I went back to school to learn web design so I could make my own site, ahaafoundatioin.org If you have any thoughts about design of the pages I would love to hear back from you. --Katherine Bolman 18:44, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
Hi My name is Asdrubal and work for the Binational Center in Nicaragua.I personally consider this workshop as a great training oportunity.I really want to take advantage of it.After completing the workshop I would like to conduct training workshops for teachers of english all around my country.Also, I expect to learn from the other participants in this workshop.
- Welcome to WikiEducator, Asdrubal.
On top of teaching physics to secondary school students now, I have been part-time hired to help develop a community of physics teachers in the French speaking part of Belgium. I would like to use the skills learned here to contribute pages in French on Wikieducator.
- Great to have an experienced Wiki contributor among the WikiEducator community. I'm looking forward to your contributions on WikiEducator in French. --Nellie Deutsch 10:55, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hi Richard and welcome to the WikiEducator community. I am looking forward to co-facilitating this and other workshops on Moodle and on WE with you. --Nellie Deutsch 10:58, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hello, good someone in the same time zone and a Moodle specialist too. Will definitely need your help.--Nadia El Borai 02:13, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Hello to all. I am a chemist (decades ago) that got a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (decades ago) and has become a social sciences researcher (mostly on citizenship engagement), interested in eLearning to help my students. I would like to develop skills to help students to become better citizens.
- A very warm welcome to a very dear friend. I am so happy you joined EL4C33 and the WikiEducator community, Luis. I am looking forward to collaborating with you on citizen engagement. --Nellie Deutsch 11:00, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
- I like your introduction with (decades ago) that's how I feel. I am a Microbiologist even more many decades ago probably. Welcome --Nadia El Borai 02:15, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hello again, Thanks to Nellie and Nadia for their comments! Just to give more data about myself since only today I can really become a member of the workshop.
- I am from Venezuela, and live in Caracas, you can find more about myself in www.unetparticipa.org a drupal newspaper my students have developed. I would like to explore the potentials of wiki for "pulling" ideas. Most governments and agencies are interested in e-government initiatives, that is like pushing the digital world into the citizens, I dream of a pulling movement, making citizens catalize the introduction of digital technologies into educatiuon (catalize a biochemical term, "lowering the energy needed for things to happen").
- The other thing that might interest you is that I would like todo this pulling effect in spanish, in order to speed up the process in Latin America, so if any one of you wants to give a hand, please let me know to incorpore you in the wiki I´ll be designing for this workshop!!!
Hello, My name is M. Rajendran. I completed B.Sc from Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur, M.Sc from Voorhees College, Vellore. After that I worked as a school teacher for one and half year. Later I completed special high level computer training program from SSI, Chennai. Then I completed B.Ed from RIE (Mysore)[ http://www.riemysore.ac.in], M.Ed from CASE, The M.S. University of Baroda . I registered my Ph.D in the same department (CASE) in 2006, simaltaneously i worked as a teacher educator in a teacher training college. Recently I joined as a assistant professor in the department of education, University of Delhi.
I am interested to understand collaborative learning, history and philosophy of science, ICT for school education.
- Hello RaJendran and a very warm welcome to EL4C33 and the WikiEducator community. --Nellie Deutsch 11:01, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hello Rajendran, I have had some experience teaching online and would be delighted to share my experience. I really loved teaching online because I had small classes. The students had write reaction papers to their readings and I asked them to tell me how the reading affected their lives.
- Aloha from Katherine Bolman--Katherine Bolman 18:46, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
I am Zehra Altinay. I am senior instructor at EMU. I am happy to be in this workshop
- Welcome to EL4C33 and the WikiEducator community, Zehra. --Nellie Deutsch 13:22, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
Zehra, what subjects do you teach? Would anyone at your university be interested in what I am doing? My field is art history and I went back to school to learn web design so I could make my own site. ahaafoundatioin.org If you have any thoughts about design of the pages I would love to hear back from you. It is important, from my point of view to let teachers know that the course is there and their contributions would be helpful. --Katherine Bolman 18:49, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
I'm an Italian EFL teacher in a secondary school, I love technology and this is why I'm here again, I need to improve my IT competence, I like using online tools and experimenting, I would like to learn how to conduct online training sessions for Italian teachers
- Great to "see" you in another L4C workshop. WikiEducator is a good place to conduct online training sessions such as these. Virginia Alberti is also interested in doing the same. Let me know how I can be of help, Ester. --Nellie Deutsch 17:36, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hello Ester I was born in Naples so am happy to see you here--Nadia El Borai 02:03, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- Aloha from Hawaii! I am very interested in how to reach rural areas around the world. I know that some have computer and internet access but I don't know how to know which school I can contact. Any ideas. I am also interested in finding historians who would be interested in adding art history to their courses. I have started a website to teach the history of art and architecture around the world.
--Katherine Bolman 02:29, 15 December 2009 (UTC)Katherine Bolman
- Great to know there is a historian among the WikiEducator community. I share your passion for e-learning and am looking forward to "seeing" your OER on the wiki so I can learn more about your work. --Nellie Deutsch 07:32, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Hello everyone, some of you I know from previous workshops, and it seems that there is something in common with everyone. I am Egyptian, living in Japan, born in Italy. The picture here was taken when I turned 60 a few months ago. I am interested in many things and mainly in getting content and information available for those who want it and need it.
At the moment I help those who need to pass a Medical English exam as a prerequisite for a Ph.D. For more than 15 years I have been teaching Japanese Elementary students "English time". It is only one lesson for each class. In the past I taught in Universities. My main research for my Ph.D. was on infertility the contents are here.PublicationsPaper on infertility
I would be happy to help and am here to learn from all the experts.
- Hi Nadia and welcome to the workshop. Fertility is important to many families around the world. We can help others by reading your articles. Thank you for publishing then on WikiEducator and sharing them with the world. --Nellie Deutsch 07:37, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
I'm a teacher of English at a public university (Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa) in Mexico. I'm also a F2F and Online Educator in a BA in ELT in the same university. I have just four years as an online tutor. I was trained by the British Council in Mexico. I love working and trying tools in order to find a pedagogical use for my students and classes. Sweet regards!
- Hello, this is your neighbour Nadia. Your profile did not have a title so I hope you don't mind I separated you from mine by using Creatiga as your name. If you want to change the title with your own name you need to change it. I hope you don't mind.--Nadia El Borai 05:17, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- Hello Carlos and welcome to WikiEducator, a community that empowers its members. --Nellie Deutsch 07:39, 15 December 2009 (UTC).
Carlos, I have a resource you might enjoy. My field is art history and I went back to school to learn web design so I could make my own site. ahaafoundatioin.org If you have any thoughts about design of the pages I would love to hear back from you. Your students could use it to practice reading english while read. I am working on having voice clips to assist with ESL issues.--Katherine Bolman 18:53, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
Hi everyone, I'm working in the Dept. of Library Science, ICFAI Academic Wing. I have been involved in Curriculum Design and Self-learning Materials Development for more than 6 years. I love to explore new learning opportunities as Open Distance Educator, Library & Information Service Professional, Course evaluator, Resource Person and last but not the least Teacher-Mother. Also share my learning opportunities with my colleagues, professors and encourage them to join Professional Development Courses.
Designing Online Learning Modules and ICT-enabled information services, are my current reserach interests.
- Hi Inidra and welcome to EL4C33. Your dedication to help others learn is inspirational. Thank you for being both a model student and teacher. --Nellie Deutsch 07:41, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
- Thanks Nellie. My 'gurus' are my source of inspiration and my role models. Hope I will retain both my teaching and learning fervor and develop quality open content. --Dr. Indira Koneru 04:29, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
My name is Ed Gonsalves and I am based in London and Barcelona. To know more about my professional background you can find me on http://www.linkedin.com/in/edgonsalves. I am a University Business School Lecturer for masters level students, and Executive Training Company Director. I'm here to learn about the use of Wikis in education and I am planning to use my student-written case studies as resource material for the Wikieducator OER projects. So among things other than editing and publishing Wiki,1 of my aims is to get to know how to use Wikis under the Creative Commons system! My experience of distance and open learning using online learning formats was born through my training at the UK's Open University. One of the key issues is how to optimise the relationship between learning synchronously and asynchronously, as well as the relationship between live and offline channels. I am brand new to the world of Wikis but have to own up to having not completed 1 of Nellie’s brilliant courses on the use of Moodle for teaching and learning because of asynchronous and unexpected work-demand patterns ;) really looking forward to learning with us all. --Ed Gonsalves 16:33, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
(: Keep up the excellent work. --Nellie Deutsch 19:29, 17 December 2009 (UTC))
Hello, I'm located in the USA, Georgia. I currently work with individuals whom are underemployed, displaced or seeking employment but need to upgrade their skills. We work with them in areas of basic education, which includes ESL. This is my first time using WikiEducator, and I want to learn how to use it as well as other online tools to enhance my classes.--Cynthia 20:38, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
(: Cynthia, I'm looking forward to "seeing" how you page develops. Please let me know how I can be of help. --Nellie Deutsch 19:31, 17 December 2009 (UTC))
In a previous life I was trained and educated in international business, but geared towards development and education through my career. I have several certificates on education, like curriculum development, training design. With this course and yesterday's workshop (thank you so much, Nellie!)I will be trying to integrate collaboration, education, and development into the packages I deliver. So far I am very excited, though I do see some disadvantages both in Moodle and Wiki (trying to keep my mouth shut, untill I know what I am talking about :)). Cheers,--Hanni Verschuur 08:33, 16 December 2009 (UTC) (: Welcome, Hanni. Keep up the great work you're doing on your userpage. --Nellie Deutsch 19:27, 17 December 2009 (UTC))
I'm a teacher/ career counselor from Sydney, Australia. I used to teach English language and literacy to adult migrants and refugees, but have moved on and am now a career/ employment pathways counselor with a private company, as part of a settlement program. I believe that knowledge is free, that knowledge is empowering and that education should be available to every 'citizen' of this world.
I have a pechant for using technology in education and have been involved in a lot of research and professional development in Australia. I also have a flair for creativity and innovation. I perceive the wikieducator program as a thought provoking endeavour and am eager to be part of the process.
I used to be an Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature and did my doctorate in African American Literature, before I migrated from India to Australia (to join the rest of my family). I'm interested in doing some work in African American Literature or my new-found interest, Australian Aboriginal Literature in wikieducator. I'm also interested in the ESOL programs like LEO and am looking forward to getting involved in them once this course is done.
(: Welcome, Bernard. --Nellie Deutsch 19:26, 17 December 2009 (UTC))
- Bernard, you do move around. I have a brother in the Sidney area, Andrew Gaines.My field is art history and I went back to school to learn web design so I could make my own site. ahaafoundatioin.org If you have any thoughts about design of the pages I would love to hear back from you. I will be doing some voice over clips so that students can listen to what I say or read. If you go to ahaafoundation.org and then clip on the first Egypt, The Introduction to Egypt has one of the Voice clips. If on the same page you click on Australia, you will see the oldest paintings in the world. The are said to be about 50,000 years old but dating that far back is difficult. When I first researched this work I read that the Aboriginals said that this work was before they came to Australia. And If you have a moment, what dates do you have for first Aboriginal paintings on rock and in sand? Thank you--Katherine Bolman 19:02, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
--Maria João 16:51, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
HURRA! Photo uploaded and inserted here! --Maria João 17:03, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
(: Nice going, Maria. You're doing great. --Nellie Deutsch 19:25, 17 December 2009 (UTC))