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Getting Started







Dear participants,


Welcome to our TESOL EVOnline session "Becoming a Webhead (BaW) 2008: A hands-on workshop on how to use Web communication tools for language teaching and learning".


Joining the session


In order to enroll in our session, you first need to join our Yahoo Group where all the interaction through e-mail and file sharing will take place. If you donĀ“t have a Yahoo ID (an account), you will be prompted to do so. Follow the instructions given (it is free).


Once you are registered in the group, you will receive a welcome message with the instructions for the tasks to be completed for week 1, which are mainly devoted to getting to know all the participants. These instructions can also be accessed from our session wiki (see SideBar) or from the BaW Yahoo Group (YG) - Files and/or Links'' sections -.


Communication modes


There are two main communication modes throughout this workshop:asynchronous and synchronous:


The asynchronous mode


    • Yahoo Group (YG) This will be our communication center to be in permanent contact with all members through its email feature(distribution list).


    • Forum: We will be using a forum to discuss and reflect on the weekly suggested readings,


    • Blog: to comment on the live presentations given by our weekly guests speakers.



The synchronous mode (live sessions)


We will have weekly live sessions, with guest speakers, which will take place at a fixed date, time and place. They will be announced well in advance, and the information can be found on the Live Sessions page



VIP: The time for the sessions will be given in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) which is the standard time we have adopted, so please refer to The World Clock site (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html) to situate yourself in your time for each synchronous event.


As we are an international group with very different and distant time zones, the time may not always be the most suitable for everyone. We know from experience that consensus is difficult to achieve. However, if you are unable to join our chat events, a transcript/log or recordings of the sessions will always be uploaded to our wiki for you to read!




There are weekly tasks to be completed and shared with the other participants. If you have questions about the tasks, you are encouraged to post your queries to the YG, from your own e-mail (baw08@yahoogroups.com ) or going to the Post section of the YG. If you fall behind during the session, don't worry, you can always post your completed tasks at any time.


Diagnostic Survey


Now that you are in, please complete our diagnostic survey. It will allow us to know about your expertise in the use of Web tools. Thanks!





For timely tips on some of these first steps, please refer to our Hints and Glossary pages



VIP: Make sure to have the Url's handy for our communication during the session:



Other links to the tools to be used in the session can be found in our syllabus

Our Yahoo Group is located at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/baw08

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