OUR GUESTS


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MICHAEL COGHLAN

Michael Coghlan works as an eLearning Facilitator for the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector in South Australia. He was a pioneer of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) on the Internet in Australia when he started teaching online in 1998.

He was also a founding member of the Webheads online community, one of the most successful and enduring online communities on the Internet. He has been described as "one of the few educators in Australia who has a realistic view of what is possible with technology and education." He has written widely on issues to do with the Internet and education, and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. (See http://users.chariot.net.au/~ michaelc/articlesetal.htm)

He has designed and delivered courses on ESL, Facilitating Online, and New Learning Technologies. Although Michael works mostly within the Australian Vocational and Education Training (VET) sector, his extensive network of national and international educators provides him with an invaluable global perspective on Internet education in all sectors.


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VANCE STEVENS

Vance Stevens teaches computing at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. As a former ESL instructor, he has worked with CALL (computer-assisted language learning) for over 30 years. He was teaching online before the turn of the century and has developed expertise in community formation online for both students and teachers, promoting training in ICT and professional development through participation in distributed personal learning networks.

He is often identified as founder and coordinator of the online community of practice Webheads in Action, in which capacity he has served as coordinator for three free international online conferences, the Webheads in Action Online Convergences of 2005, 2007, and 2009.

More officially Vance is an Executive Committee member of APACALL (Asia-Pacific Association for CALL) and on the editorial board of its International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. He has also served on the editorial boards of CALICO Journal and TESOL Quarterly, and is currently on the editorial board of CALL-Journal. He is also E-Sphere editor for Writing and Pedagogy and On the Internet editor of the online journal TESL-EJ.

Vance publishes regularly and presents frequently at international conference, both online and offline, as documented at http://vancestevens.com/papers. He maintains several blogs, most notably http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com.



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GRAHAM STANLEY

Graham Stanley is a teacher at the British Council Young Learner Centre in Barcelona and a social media consultant for the British Council in London. As part of this job, he manages the British Council's Learn English Second Life project . He is also a teacher trainer for the British Council and other organisations (the Consultants-e, MacMillan Iberia) and has written ICT teacher training material, such as the British Council's ICT & the Young Learner Classroom INSET course. He has been involved in ICT training workshops for teachers in the UK, Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, and the USA and regularly presents at local, national and international ELT and e-learning conferences (IATEFL, TESOL, BRAZ-TESOL, TESOL Spain, TEA, APAC, etc) as well as developing and co-moderating workshops for TESOL’s Electronic Village Online, including ones on blogging, podcasting, webpublishing, and digital gaming & language learning. He has a M.Ed. in ELT & Educational Technology (University of Manchester) and is the coordinator of IATEFL's Learning Technologies SIG . He blogs at BLOG-EFL and DIGITAL PLAY and you can find him on Twitter here .