CAMELOT Symposium

February 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CAMELOT Symposium

Panelists: Dr. Michael Thomas, University of Central Lancashire, UK, Tuncer Can, University of Istanbul, Turkey, Jana Cepickova, University of Western Bohemia, Czech Republic, Dariusz Poczekalewicz, National Defense University, Poland, Tony Fitzpatrick, ICC The Language Network, Germany, Sandra Gaspers, LinguaTV, Germany Ton Koenraad,TellConsult, NL, Heike Philp, let’s talk online sprl, Belgium Mateusz Czepielewski, EduActive, Poland.

EU funded CAMELOT is a 2-year project on how to use and how to create machinima for language teaching and learning. CAMELOT stands for” CreAting Machinima Empowers Live Online Language Teaching and Learning”. CAMELOT is unique in that it aims to promote the role of video production in language teacher training. It is innovative in that it takes one of the latest technologies – machinima – and uses it to empower 21st century language learning and teaching through the use of a) user-generated video content, b) a task-based language teaching approach based on learner engagement, authenticity and creativity, and c) an online community of practice in which open educational resources (OERs) are available via a repository. The aim of CAMELOT is not simply to provide a set of language teaching resources that instructors can use, but to provide the technological and pedagogical know-how for teachers to create and adapt machinima for their own particular EU teaching environment. During this panel discussions, the project will be explained and some of the research and development presented. It seems that not a lot of research of using machinima for educational purposes is available and the project partners hope to connect to other educators in this field.

Dr Michael Thomas BA (Hons) Cert. TESOL M.Ed. MBA Ph.D. FHEA is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Language, Literature and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is the course leader of the MA in TESOL with Applied Linguistics by E-Learning and course leader of a BA (Hons) degree in intercultural business communication by blended learning. He has held academic positions at universities around the world including the University of Heidelberg (Germany), Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (Japan), and the University of Liverpool (UK). His research interests are in computer-assisted learning, task-based learning, online and distance education and education policy. He is the lead and founding editor of three book series, Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching (Bloomsbury/Continuum), Digital Education and Learning (Palgrave Macmillan), and Advances in Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (ISR). He is associate editor of the International Journal of Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, general editor of the Journal of Second Language Teaching & Research, and has guest edited peer reviewed special editions on language learning and technology for the CALICO Journal, the CALL Journal, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, the Journal ofDigital Education and Culture, and the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT). He has organized over 15 international conferences on computer-assisted learning in the UK, Germany and Japan. He is a member of a number of editorial boards including the Journal of Research in Learning Technology (ALT-J), the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, the Asian EFL Journal, and the Asian ESP Journal. Dr Thomas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK and a member of the Academic Board of the University of Central Lancashire.

Dr. Tuncer Can completed his MA at Istanbul University in 2004 on “Constructivism and Training of Pre-service Foreign Language Teachers”. In 2005, he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship and he spent two terms at Syracuse University, NY, USA, where he taught Turkish via videoconferencing for one year. In 2008, he took part in a project at Istanbul University in the Faculty of Education, English Language Teaching Department, on the implementation of MOODLE in the training of pre-service foreign language teachers, a project was funded by Istanbul University Scientific Research Center.
He completed his Ph.D. at Istanbul University in 2011 on “Using Foreign Language Learning Strategies in the Context of Lifelong Learrning and Plurilingualism”. Dr. Can also took part in another project, “A Second Step in Second Life” in the Department of Language Studies at Umeå University, Sweden, funded by the Flex fund with Mats Deutschmann, where he acted as an Expert Peer in 2011. In 2012, he lead another project, “Using the 3D Virtual Learning Environments in the Training of Teachers”, which was funded by Istanbul University Scientific Research Center. His current interest is in Virtual Worlds and this has developed from his experience in using ICT in his teaching context. His publications and conference contributions are available from his personal pages at: A selection of relevant papers is given below.

Jana Čepičková works as a lecturer and a deputy director at the Institute of Applied Language Studies at the University of West Bohemia in Plzen, where she has been teaching technical English to students of mechanical and electrical engineering for 12 years. She is interested in blended learning and developing multimedia materials for students of engineering. In addition, she has published teaching materials for both general and technical English. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK.

LtCol Dariusz Poczekalewicz is a PhD candidate (NDU Warsaw), graduated from Military University of Technology (1997) and completed postgraduate studies in IT Infrastructure management and network administration of UNIX (2003). An employee of the didactical team at the Institute for the Missile Technology of Military University of Technology. He serves as administrator of the ADL system and is an expert for the Learning Management System ILIAS (he is responsible for the Polish interface of ILIAS). He handles numerous ADL authoring tools and has designed and co-authored many ADL materials.

Heike Philp - With over 20 years in education and with Germany’s first live online language school, Philp co-initiated two European funded projects and worked with 35 European partners including 17 universities to develop accredited and certified teacher training courses. These EU Projects are LANCELOT, ‘LANguage learning with Certified Live Online Teachers’ 2005-2007 (see: and AVALON, ‘Access to Virtual and Action Learning Live ONline’ (2009-2010) (see: She has organised a number of workshops on ‘How to create machinima’ on EduNation. Apart from a three hour crash course at the time of SLanguages 2012, she organized MachinEVO in 2012 and 2013 which some 220 language teachers taking part over a period of 5 weeks. A total of 34 machinimas were produced in this time and numerous film making experts were invited to showcase their expertise. Consequently, she has also created an open resource on the subject in the form of a wiki (see: which has many tips and guidelines on filming software, editing, sound effects and storyboarding. This sustained interest in the subject of machinima by the European language learning community motivated her to co-initiate the CAMELOT project.She publishes regular articles on the AVALON project Ning site.

Sandra Gasber is the co-founder of LinguaTV, the first online video language learning platform specialising in digital content like scripted videos, interactive exercises and learning games. At LinguaTV Sandra is in charge of the content production and the online platform. She is very experienced and successful in producing videos for learning languages and has produced language courses in five languages with over 1,000 videos (English, Spanish, German, Italian and French). She has also worked as a lawyer in the field of cyber-law and intellectual property rights. Gasber’s primary interest lies in online and mobile technologies for learning languages.

Ton Koenraad worked as a senior ICT-E consultant at the Language Department of the Faculty of Education of Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. He has initiated, coordinated, participated and evaluated EU-projects in the fields of ICT, modern languages and teacher education (Pronett, MICaLL, and Pri-Sec-Co). His current interest in telecollaboration and activity design for language learning in 3D worlds is based on previous experiences with and research on 3D and text-based MUVEs in language education. As partner on behalf of TELLConsult in the EU-project NIFLAR he was/is responsible for the development of the NIFLAR SIMS. His publications and conference contributions are available from his personal pages at:

Mateusz Czepielewski is a specialist in management, marketing and public relations. He has extensive experience as a project manager. He is specializing in international project management in the field of ICT and teaching of foreign languages, he is an author of publication about Management of Educational Projects implemented within the EU funding. He has completed Management Studies at one of Warsaw’s prestigious business universities. He participated in various mobility activities in Europe and in North America, as well as in European conferences in the field of LLP and education in general.

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