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Dear participants,

Welcome to your very own wiki!

We have created this space for you to post your project updates, create your personal pages, play around with the wiki to feel comfortable as we share your juggling through  your project plan.



Remember that reading materials and weekly assignments are posted on the main wiki: http://projectmanagementevo2014.pbworks.com You will be able to access simply by following the link here or in your sidebar.You needn't request access to the main wiki, simply bookmark it in your favourites to be ble to read matrials and follow week per week instructions.



We sincerely hope that you will find it useful. 


Remember to ask us any query you may have.

Comments (Show all 58)

Heidi Dawes said

at 4:05 pm on Jan 10, 2014

Greetings, all. I am in upstate New York, and am looking forward to bringing my ESL Writing Lab to fruition with the help of this group!

marina gonzalez said

at 6:36 pm on Jan 10, 2014

hello newcomers! great to see you getting started. Remember to complete the survey in the Getting Ready to Start section in the main wiki. You must have received an email inviting you to join the kickoff. It is a live webcast where one member of each of the sessions will present the spirit of their project. Hope to see you there! Instructions can be found in the mail and in the main wiki- getting ready to start page.

Mireille Pinas said

at 8:57 pm on Jan 10, 2014

Hi all,

Happy to be here. My name is Mireille. I always wanted to know more about project management, but after doing the survey I wonder if I belong here. See, I am an instructor at a Teachers' college. The only managing that I do is pretty much in the classroom-not within the college itself. Could the instructors/moderators of this course please advise me whether I should opt for another EVO course or stick around?
Much obliged!

marina gonzalez said

at 12:37 pm on Jan 11, 2014

Dear mireille,
I wanted to write you an email but couldn't find you in our Yahoo group. You might want to join our YG for easier communication. http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/projectmanagement2014
In this way you can also ask us any doubt, question or suggestin in even more detail.

Mireille Pinas said

at 7:32 pm on Jan 16, 2014

Hi Marina,

I already did that-even before this course started. I think you'll find me under pintolena. Tried to change that, but didn't know how to-sorry.
Thanks for trying.

Lucy said

at 3:54 am on Jan 11, 2014

Dear Mirelle,
Welcome to the community. From my humble experience at EVO, I can say that these are online sessions opened to everybody. I don't know why the moderators have decided to put the survey this way. I also felt a little bit frustrated when answering the questions about being a manager
. I don't agree that project management should be reserved for managers only. I was managing projects at my school for 7 years, without being a boss. If you ask me, pls, stay here and enjoy this wonderful topic. I am sure we have a lot to share and learn from each other. Good luck. Lucy

Andy Hockley said

at 4:04 am on Jan 11, 2014

Hi Mirelle and Lucy, yes sorry about that. The survey wasn't supposed to exclude, just to find out what people are doing. It was badly phrased and we apologise. Yes, of course you should stick around Mireille :-) And of course, as Lucy says, project management is not just for managers.

Mireille Pinas said

at 7:26 pm on Jan 16, 2014

Thanks Andy! All is well :)

Mireille Pinas said

at 7:22 pm on Jan 16, 2014

Thanks so much, Lucy for your support and encouragement. I'll stick around and see what I can learn-hope to see you around :)

marina gonzalez said

at 12:33 pm on Jan 11, 2014

Dear Mirelle and Lucy,
Sorry, I never expected a reaction like this, it was not our intention at all. Of course, EVOs are open learning communities. And of course there will be a variety of peoople joining in. The survey was intended to have a picture of the variety, not to make anyone feel bad.
The possibility of feeling frustrated is a challenge we all face when joining groups for the first time. What I can say is that the realities in which we all work are complex and the only way to find new ways is by sharing what each one of us knows and creating new knowledge.
Hope to read you around and accompany you while designing your projects!

Mireille Pinas said

at 7:20 pm on Jan 16, 2014

It's all right Marina. Thanks for responding Andy, Marina & Lucy. Looking forward to new knowledge :)

Souad said

at 7:19 pm on Jan 11, 2014

Hi all, I' Souad Salhi from Algeria and very happy to be here

Sneza Filipovic said

at 6:57 am on Jan 13, 2014

Hello! My name is Sneza Filipovic and I am an EFL teacher from Belgrade, Serbia. I first attended an EVO session in 2012 (BaW) and I was so impressed by the friendly atmosphere and the spirit of sharing and caring. At that time it opened a new gate for me as I was on `pre-beginner` level concerning technology. I am looking forward to this session very much not only because I want to improve my skills but also because I`d like to go on sharing ideas with other teachers from all over the world. Kindest regards, Sneza

Elena said

at 8:12 am on Jan 13, 2014

Elena Iarkova Hello, everyone! I participated in EVO Designed for Business session last year, and really enjoyed the process of communicating with intelligent people from all over the world. I am looking forward to gaining more experience af managing projects, since I am going to involve my students into international on-line project this year.

computer.heather@... said

at 11:39 am on Jan 13, 2014

Hi Everyone. My name is Heather. I'm a curriculum coordinator in Washington DC. My background is in ESL instruction and applied linguistics. I just recently moved into curriculum coordination for a fairly large school. I'm looking forward to learning more about managing projects and hoping that I will have some great take-away tools to use.

melody_philip said

at 12:06 pm on Jan 13, 2014

Hi all, my name is Melody and I am based in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain. I work in a language school and also teach Business English. I also have my own ELT fledgling practice where I teach and mentor/manage teachers informally. Looking very much forward to working with you all and (as has been my experience on other similar online "courses") learning lots from sharing knowledge in this rich online community of ELT professionals.

melody_philip said

at 12:10 pm on Jan 13, 2014

ps. Is there a Twitter group hashtag for this EVO session? Thanks

marina gonzalez said

at 3:40 pm on Jan 13, 2014

I am afraid we don't, the ones we tought of had already been taken. Would you like to create one? Would be lovely!

melody_philip said

at 7:22 pm on Jan 13, 2014

Looking into it. Watch this space

marina gonzalez said

at 2:39 pm on Jan 15, 2014

Thanks!! I've just read your comment and Andy's answer. I'll post a tweet to try it out.. my user is @minushki

melody_philip said

at 8:09 pm on Jan 13, 2014

Hi Marina. I've come up with #projmanevo14 It doesn't appear to be in use when I checked on Twitter earlier and I've carried out a test tweet using it. If you are happy with it, could you let me know how you would like to proceed? Thanks

Andy Hockley said

at 3:55 am on Jan 14, 2014

Thanks Melody! That's great. I'll put it on the front page. Thank you again! :-)

marina gonzalez said

at 3:39 pm on Jan 13, 2014

Hello people! Great to see such a diverse and rich community starting!! We will benefit a lot from each other, everyone has a side to the profession from which he can add a reading to our projects.

Sarah Hillyard said

at 5:05 pm on Jan 13, 2014

Hi everyone! I'm Sarah from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I've been on 2 EVOs before: Drama two years ago and Neuroscience last year. Both were really enriching. Hope to find the same here!!

Talat said

at 3:27 am on Jan 18, 2014

Yeah these courses are really informative as well as interactive. I took 2EVOs on podcasting and digital story telling. These courses worked ass a prep for my ICT in Education classes.

Margarita Kalyuzhna said

at 5:55 pm on Jan 13, 2014

Hi! I am Margarita from Ukraine. I'm ESL techer. I hopr to learn more about project management.

Cristina said

at 9:55 am on Jan 16, 2014

Hello Everybody,
I´m Cristina Reboredo from Argentina. I´m an EFL teacher in secondary schools and, recently, have become coordinator in a Primary school english department. I´m eager to learn and share in this inspiring virtual community. See you all any moment. Cristina

fualuga taupi said

at 8:41 pm on Jan 16, 2014

Hello everyone. I am Fualuga Taupi from Samoa. I teach English and Linguistics at the National University of Samoa. Sorry for the late comments but I had problems with my computer. Anyway I believe I can learn a lot from this programme. I look forward to exchange information with you all and hope to learn as much from you all. Fualuga.

marina gonzalez said

at 9:02 pm on Jan 16, 2014

No problem Fualuga, welcome! ñet us know if there is anything you need help with.

Lucy said

at 1:19 am on Jan 18, 2014

Ah, what a nice surprise. You are from Samoa. I've been teaching this listening about a girl who lives in an open house in Samoa for ages :)))) I imagine you live in a very beautiful place. You should send me some picture and tell me something more about your country.

Talat said

at 11:00 am on Jan 17, 2014

Hi Everyone!
I am from Pakistan. I teach English as a subject to college students. I am also doing my MBA in Education Management and wish to learn things that I wish to apply in my own context. Designing board games for teaching language is my passion.
As I teach at a girls' college I feel they should be provided with the opportunity to groom personally and professionally by giving them experiences to face global challenges.

Thais Lobo said

at 9:41 pm on Jan 17, 2014

I am Thaís, and I live in Brasilia, Brazil. I am an English and French teacher of a public school and language center, and I have worked for the local government since 2000.
I am developing a social project on ICTs, GISARTE em Movimento, at the high school where I teach English, Centro Educacional Gisno, and at Centro Interescolar de Línguas 1 de Brasília, where I teach French.

Lucy said

at 1:42 am on Jan 18, 2014

I am not in the Yahoo group, I think I was there last week, I don't know what happened. It gives me the message that I need to join the group. When I try I see this "Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content." Can somebody help here? Thanks

marina gonzalez said

at 8:05 pm on Jan 19, 2014

got my message? let me know so we can sort this out!

Andy Curtis said

at 7:34 pm on Jan 19, 2014

Hi Everyone
And welcome to our EVO on Project Management. I’m “the other Andy” of the three presenters, Andy Curtis, and I’ll be dropping by from time to time to join the discussion. But as I’ll be on the road and in transit during the course, you’ll be seeing more of Marina and Andy H than me. In addition to my bio that’s posted on the site, I wanted to add my own 3-2-1 intro: Born and grew up in England; now based in Ontario, Canada; recently elected to be the next Incoming President of the TESOL International Association.
About my workplace, like Andy H, I also work independently and freelance, so my workplace is wherever I am at the time. I try to work from home as much as possible, but I travel a lot, and I have given online classes for the online MA TESOL program I teach on from many different locations – including from a hotel bathroom in India last year!
In terms of project management, I would like to continue to develop my ability to meet multiple deadlines on different projects, all of which are happening at the same time, while balancing quantity and quality.

Andy Curtis said

at 8:58 pm on Jan 19, 2014

Hi Again Everyone
I just wanted to give a quick summary of who we are in this particular EVO, based on the mini-survey questions that some of you answered earlier. Our Yahoo Group has around 90 members so far, and around 70 people have joined the participants’ wiki. Based on the 30 or so participants who completed the mini-survey, we have folks from Asia, Africa and Europe, North and South America and Australia, so we’re an extremely diverse group geographically. Most of those have taken on managerial responsibilities within the last couple of years, and the main responsibilities indicated were: selecting materials; planning new courses and providing professional development, as well as supervising classes and hiring teaching staff. So, that’s a quick snapshot of who we are as a group, which shows how much there is that we can learn from each other!

Andy Curtis said

at 9:02 pm on Jan 19, 2014

And Hi for the third and final time in Week One!
This is just a note about project management in relation to transferable skills and classroom management, which have been touched on in some earlier postings, and which may develop into a recurring theme in our EVO. In our experience, many of the classroom management skills, such as time management, can be drawn on outside of the classroom, and applied to project management. So, even those of us who may feel we don’t have a lot of managerial experience, if we have a lot of classroom experience, we may already have developed a set of skills related to project management, whether we’re fully aware of them or not yet!

Andy Hockley said

at 3:42 am on Jan 20, 2014

Hi everyone. Just to tack onto Andy's comments here about teachers and managers, I have uploaded an article I wrote about 10 years ago on this very subject, in acse anyone is interested. It's available from the "General documents/links" page of the main site, or you can access it directly by clicking this link http://projectmanagementevo2014.pbworks.com/w/file/73261448/From_Language_Teacher_to_Language_Teaching_Manager.pdf

Thais Lobo said

at 7:35 pm on Jan 26, 2014

I am Thaís, and I live in Brasilia, Brazil. I am an English and French teacher of a public school and language center, and I have worked for the local government since 2000. I am developing a social project on ICTs, GISARTE em Movimento, at the high school where I teach English, Centro Educacional Gisno, and at Centro Interescolar de Línguas 1 de Brasília, where I teach French.

Cristina said

at 9:58 am on Jan 31, 2014

Hello Everybody,

I´m sorry I´m so delayed with my Project, I know I´m missing a lot of sharing but I´m doing my best to catch up with the group.

As regards the SMART objectives mentioned in Week 2 activities, these are my views:

• To improve the English of 7-11 year olds by June 2014
It´s too general and not achievable because the period of time of too short to assess improvement

• To enable 96% of those who wish to enter to get the required score on IELTS/TOEFL to enter the unversity of their choice, by September 2014
It´s not realistic, too general and, probably, too difficult to fulfil given the high percentage of successful candidates.

• To build a nice wheelchair ramp
• To improve access to the building
They are too general so sound like goals not objectives. They lack the SMART objetives characteristics.

We are keeping in touch very soon, Regards. Cristina

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