Multiliteracies 2011

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Multiliteracies for social networking and collaborative learning environments


Session Description




A multiliterate teacher understands the many ways that technology interacts and intertwines with academic and interpersonal life, and actively learns how to gain control over those aspects impacting teaching, social, and professional development. Multiliterate individuals are aware of the pitfalls inherent in technology while striving for empowerment through effective strategies for first discerning and then taking advantage of those aspects of changing technologies most appropriate to their situations. These strategies include identifying, accessing, aggregating, processing, and analyzing a constant influx of information, filtering what is useful, and then enhancing the learning environment with the most appropriate applications.


Target audience and group sponsor


Teachers and other educators seeking to maximize potential benefits of working within distributed learning networks to increase their opportunities for learning from peers of whatever knowledge they wish to acquire. For the purposes of this course, that knowledge focused on what would be the tools and mechanisms for promoting the dissemination of knowledge through such socially driven learning networks. The strategies and heuristics modeled in using the tools would be applicable to whatever content the teachers needed to work with, be it applicable to language learning, some other content area, or project management at the administrative level.


Sponsoring TESOL Entity



Session objectives






Weekly Outline


The weekly topics are taken from the chapters in Mark Pegrum's book From Blogs to Bombs,  The book will be available in ebook format at nominal cost ($10 est.) and will be optional reading for participants. It will be reviewed by Vance Stevens for those who don't have copies.  The author will be joining us at critical junctures during this session to discuss its content with participants with respect to implications for language teaching.


For each week of the course a synchronous discussion will be scheduled.  After acceptance of the session speakers will be engaged to interact with the group (a similar program to that last year, click here to see). 


For more detailed information, click on the links for each week:


Week 1  (Jan 11 - 16, 2011)


What is/are multiliteracies?  and Many clouds: A technological lens


During the first week of the course, participants will register at and familiarize themselves with the course websites (wiki, Ning, and Yahoo!Group) and will begin to get to know one another through self-introductions and sharing of prior knowledge.  They will read, watch, and comment on some seminal materials and consider Pegrum’s framework of a variety of lenses through which to view the phenomenon of multiliteracies.  Participants will be encouraged and assisted this first week in tracking their learning during the course on a wiki or blog (either an ongoing one or one they create on the Ning). 


Participants will use tagging, RSS, folksonomies, and aggregation to gather, organize, and share relevant information among themselves, as well as with other EVO sessions.   They will read and comment on Pegrum’s chapter,  “Many Clouds: A Technological Lens”.  There will be practical exercises to help participants better understand how tagging works through experimentation.



Week 2  (Jan 17 - 23, 2011)


   Many literacies: A pedagogical lens


During this week, participants will consider possible applications of microblogging, podcasting, and ePortfolios in language teaching and will work together to compile an annotated blogroll of interesting educational blogs.  They will create a framework for an ePortfolio. 



Week 3    (Jan 24 - Jan 30, 2011)


 Many selves: A social lens


During this week, participants will continue to develop their ePortfolios through the addition of digital storytelling and  a smorgasbord of other tools, including podcasts and other tools for sharing audio and text.



Week 4     (Jan 30 - Feb 06, 2011)


Many stories: A sociopolitical lens


During this week, participants will consider if and when one might want to bypass institutional authority to  give one’s students what they need (introduction to Edupunk).  They will continue to build their ePortfolio while identifying the most useful tools for their own situation.  They can reflect on the course and address issues that have come up in the context of Pegrum’s different lenses.  They will be encouraged to share their developing ePortfolios in synchronous or asynchronous meetings, and together we will consider  some predictions for the future of the Internet.




Week 5     (Feb 07 -13, 2011)

Many baas & ^^^^: An ecological lens 


Participants will reflect on the course and address issues that have come up in the context of Pegrum’s different lenses.  They will be encouraged to share their developing ePortfolios in synchronous or asynchronous meetings, and together we will consider  some predictions for the future of the Internet.



Communication Tools to be Used
















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Google docs



Google Notebook








 Nelba Quintana







Vance Stevens

Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE





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