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CALL Coordinator and eLearning - IT/CMC Specialist
Consultant and Lecturer in ESL/EFL and in Computing
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Following a 20-year career in English language teaching and CALL software development, Vance Stevens actively pursues professional development as Ed Tech consultant, online facilitator and coach, and founder and moderator of the Webheads community of practice, http://webheads.info, taking leadership roles in many community-based online professional development initiatives which have formed the basis of his professional development this past decade. Subsequently he has conducted research and produced numerous publications. Vance's blogs and feeds are linked from http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com.
I have achieved recognition as an experienced teacher, leader of communities of lifelong teacher-learners, and as innovator in educational technology and social networking applied to language learning and computer-mediated communication. I seek a position starting in fall 2011 where I can leverage my knowledge of Web-based tools and technologies to augment my own learning and that of others towards improving the efficacy of teachers in achieving the learning goals of their students and peers. I can take or share responsibility to help teachers realize pedagogical outcomes attuned to needs of new age learners through appropriate use of networked technologies. I see myself as manager, coordinator, or part of a team of trainers, coaches, or teachers helping to implement transformative changes in educational practices within an institution of higher learning.
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In the early part of my career, I was an ESL teacher/lecturer for 20 years. At this time I doubled as CALL specialist and coordinator, worked in software development, eventually in California as Director of ESL Software Design, before returning to the Middle East as ed tech and CALL coordinator at the Military Language Institute in Abu Dhabi from 1997-2003. From 2003 to July, 2011 I was a lecturer in computing at The Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi.
In 1997-1998 I founded and became coordinator of Webheads, a vibrant
community of practice of hundreds of language teachers online who have
collaborated since then on three international online conferences (http://wiaoc.org) plus countless and varied collaborations
between teachers and students. I have worked for the past decade on promoting
professional development and learner autonomy via social media and
collaboration in online spaces. I have produced numerous publications and
presentations on these topics, listed at
http://vancestevens.com/papers/. Some of his presentations
and workshops have been under the auspices of the USIS English Language
Specialist Program (2004 in Tunisia), and include a plenary address at a
conference that same year at AUC in Cairo. I can speak or give workshops on
aspects of social networking of interest to language teachers; for example how
tagging and aggregation works and can be used by teachers to put their students
in touch with one another in socially networked collaborative projects.
Further elaboration: http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2010/02/who-are-you-and-what-have-you-done.html
CALL = computer-assisted language
CMC = computer-mediated communications
ESL/EFL = English as a second/foreign language
Curriculum vitae and short bio archives:
I have extensive conference presentation experience (both in-person and online), and have over 70 publications including research, reviews, articles, chapters, and co-editorship of books. My research efforts have been in the area of efficacy of CALL, or computer-assisted language learning, which I have started to call SMALL, for social-media assisted language learning. Since the early 1980's I have held several CALL coordinator positions where my job was to implement CALL and train others to cope with computers in the workplace as well as use them productively with students.
Recently I have altered my notions of CALL after fostering an online community called Webheads which started out in 1997-8 as an online class for students. The class was totally communicative and developed linguistic competence in students through giving them an opportunity to meet regularly as members of a community in various virtual spaces, and established a pattern of personalized web pages and weekly synchronous online events which I have carried through to later communities I have started. These include:
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Last updated: March 3, 2012 - CV updated Dec 29, 2014
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