Keynote Presentation
Queensland TAFE English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS) Conference
June 26th, 2006


Michael Coghlan with assistance from:

Terry Marler Aiden Yeh Barbara Dieu
Dafne Gonzalez Marg O'Connell Jonathan Finkelstein


It is estimated that 14% of the planet over the age of 15 are now online. This number will inevitably grow, and rapidly. Many of those online are mere consumers of Internet product – they come for the shopping, the downloadable music, and the travel bargains. While some with lingering suspicion about whether the Internet and its citizens should be trusted might see the notion of online presence as a contradiction in terms (Internet presence is virtual and not real surely?) many are coming to the Internet for other reasons – to connect and interact.

Many such Netizens are staking their claim to parts of the Internet, drawing a line in the virtual sand around them, personalising these spaces, and calling them home. They have chosen to create a presence on the Internet. A proliferation of tools under the banner of social software – tools designed to promote collaboration and sharing - are making it ever easier to create this online presence and interact and connect with fellow Netizens.

This presentation will explore the notion of online presence and ask why anyone would bother to do this? Is it important? Is is something more appropriate for teachers or students? How do you do it? What are the skills required? Is it relevant for language and literacy learners? Contributions from remote language educators via a live virtual classroom will be part of the presentation. It will also demonstrate some of the tools that enable the creation of online presence, and introduce the notion of eLearning 2.0 and the complimentary new theory of Connectivism.

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References used in this presentation:


Learning in Real Time (Jonathan Finkelstein)

Technorati Blogging Report (April 06)

English for Advertising - blogs by Aiden Yeh's students

Flickr (Photo Sharing)


TELLS Presentation Group Wiki

Dafne Gonzalez

Delicious (Social Bookmarking)

ELGG - Personal Learning Environment

Development_of_an_ e-learning_knowledge_sharing_model - Bronwyn Stuckey et al

Connectivism - A Learning Theory for the Digital Age (George Siemens)

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