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Call for Participation in TESOL's


Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2015

A Project of TESOL's Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interest Section





The Electronic Village Online 


For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.


Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to attend the TESOL Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet. Choose a session from this year's offerings, listed below.  And please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity!


Nina Liakos

On behalf of the EVO Coordination Team



To view this table full screen, click on the arrow head at the top of the page. 




Sessions 2015


  • Click on the name of a session below to view the complete session description. You will find instructions on how to join the session on that page.

                    REGISTRATION IS FROM JANUARY 5 TO JANUARY 11, 2014.

  • The sessions begin on January 12th but are held asynchronously; that is, you can log in, begin reading, and join the email discussion of the materials. However, your moderators will provide some synchronous activities where you gather for a live meeting on your topic of study.  See your session's syllabus of weekly activities for details.
  • Please join us here for the EVO2015 kickoff webcast on January 11, 2015 at 14:00/2:00 p.m. GMT (your local time here)!


----> We strongly recommend that you sign up for no more than two sessions.



Session Moderators  Abstract 

Using Moodle as a Bridge to Blended Learning


Victoria Dieste

Bettina Sierra

Carolina Omar

Diana Vidal

Fabiana Hernandez

Gilda Battagliese

Mariel Doyenart

This five-week session aims at exploring the potential of three Moodle activities: forums, lessons and workshops as tools to enhance cooperation, collaboration and development of critical thinking skills in blended learning environments.

Participants will reflect on these concepts, explore sample tasks created in Moodle,  exchange ideas on how the samples reflect these principles and design their own tasks based on their teaching contexts.  

Creating eTextbooks


Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Özge Karaoglu Ergen

Chuck Sandy

Terry Freedman

Janet Bianchini,

Sylvia Guinan

Ian Hall

Moundir Al Amrani

Walton Burns

Michelle Worgan

María J. García San Martín

Natasa Bozic Grojic

Tanya Trusler

Lucia Bartolotti

Jake Duncan

André J. Spang

Jason Levine

Jennifer Verschoor

Debora Tebovich 

In 5 weeks, collaborate with over 500 teachers worldwide to design the 1st chapter of an e-textbook that meets your students' needs.


In addition, receive support from 20 moderators, with experience in publishing and materials design. We will learn about social bookmarking, curation, and digital publishing.


We will also test various tools for creating your ebook and making it interactive with multimedia.

Dream Act: What Teachers Can Do

Lori Dodson

Anne Marie Foerster Luu

Maryam Saroughi


 If you are a US based PK-12, Adult Ed, or Higher Ed ELD professional, join our interactive learning space to explore the DREAM Act alongside colleagues and undocumented students known as DREAMers. 


Many young people note that their English teacher was their first confidant in the US.  What does this mean?  What can teachers do to support DREAMers and move others to action? 

Educators and Copyright: Do the Right Thing

Sherrie Lee

Melissa Pavy

Tara Arntsen

Kent Hatashita

Andrew Pharis

Participants will investigate and discuss principles of copyright and fair use with regard to creating lesson materials.  We'll reflect on our current practices when developing lesson materials, explore public domain and creative commons resources, and learn how to manage such resources responsibly.  


Finally, participants will share their copyright compliant activities or lesson plans with one another, and provide and reflect on constructive feedback.

EVO Minecraft MOOC


Vance Stevens

Marijana Smolcec

Filip Smolcec

Dustin Stevens

Bobbi Stevens

Jeff Kuhn

David Dodgeson

This session will invite interested teachers to join us in playing Minecraft, learning all we can about playing alone and together, and how Minecraft is being used effectively in language learning. We'll learn by doing and from one another.

Flipped Learning


Laine Marshall

John Graney

Kevin Coleman

Khalid Fethi

Jeff Magoto

How can adding the flipped learning approach to your in-class and online activities raise student interest? How can you help learners develop 21st century skills through active learning enhanced by online videos? This five-week collaborative online workshop is designed for both those new to flipped learning and those who are already flipping their classes.

MachinEVO 2015: How to make a Machinima

for Learners of English



Dennis Newson

Ann Nowak

Hazel Workman

Shelwyn Corrigan

Doris Molero

Helen Meyers

Alfonso Perfferle

Randall Sadler

Carol Rainbow



Heike Philp

Michael Thomas

Come learn how to make videos in the 3D world of Second Life. These videos are called machinima (machine + cinema). Join us as we walk attendees through the equipment, software and procedures necessary for making short machinima videos to use in your teaching.


In each class we will actively practice all the steps from brainstorming to post production. You will learn how to implement good pedagogy, set and achieve realistic goals, practice good work habits when filming and editing all in an environment of collaboration and sharing.


Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the session once their final projects are received.



Svetlana Obenausova

Ayat Tawel

Helen Davies

Jose Antonio da Silva

Marijana Smolcec

Mbarek Akaddar

Sanja Bozinovic

 ICT4ELT (Information and Communication Technology for English Language Teachers) is a session for teachers who want to explore how computers could be useful in their teaching but do not know where to start.  It can also help more experienced teachers who want to know more about new ICT tools.

International Writing Exchange


Ellen Graber

Ludmila Smirnova

Rosmery Ribera

María J. García San Martín

Nellie Deutsch

English language teachers from around the world are invited to bring their students to a writing community called the International Writing Exchange (IWE). IWE brings teachers and students from around the globe to a cultural writing exchange. IWE provides students with a purpose and motivation to write as they connect with other students. Teachers will learn about the project and how to create a writing unit for the students.

Moodle for Teachers (M4T)


Nellie Deutsch

Ludmila Smirnova

Susan Nixon

Tom Hodgers

Nives Torresi

The goal of the M4T EVO 2015 session is to introduce the participants to a learning management system called Moodle. Participants will learn about and practice Moodle activities and resources available on Moodle. They will learn to to create video tutorials as they practice Moodle features with the roles and rights of a student, teacher, and manager. Moodle 2.7 will be used for the course.

Non-Native English Speakers in TESOL

and Collaborative Teaching

Geeta Aneja

Aiden Yeh

Iona Sarieva

Ariadne Miranda

Kyung-Hee Bae

Ali Fuad Selvi

In this discussion-based session, participants will explore the issues facing institutions where nonnative and native English speaking instructors collaborate.  What are their respective roles, and how can they teach with and learn from each other?  Drawing on the literature and personal experiences, experts in the field will share insights and professional development strategies. By the end of the session, participants will be encouraged to reflect on key issues and consider future directions for TESOL NNEST-IS.

Teaching EFL to Young Learners


Nellie Deutsch

Lou McLaughlin 

Charles Goodger 


The IATEFL YLTSIG EVO 2015 session will examine teaching English to Young Learners and Teens from around the world using storytelling, drama, games and action songs.


The session is designed for all those involved in teaching Young Learners and Teens irrespective of context or degree of experience.


Teaching Pronunciation Differently

Piers Messum 

Arizio Sweeting

Roslyn Young 

All teachers have used 'listen and repeat' as a way of teaching pronunciation, and most of us have found the results unsatisfactory.


But there is a different way, and it works very well. The 'articulatory approach' teaches students what to do with their mouths to sound right.





Feel free to forward this Call for Participation to your e-lists and professional associations. The address is



Thank you for helping us spread the word




EVO2015 Coordination Team 









EVO is NOT part of TESOL's Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program.


 For information about this Certificate program, please contact TESOL at




or visit their Website at the  TESOL Homepage


and click on  >Online Education  in the  >Professional Development  tab.



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