Webheads in Action

A Community of Practice Scaffolding Multiliteracies Skills in Teacher Professional Development


  • Beyza Yur Yilmaz Ozyegin University
  • Vance Stevens Higher Colleges of Technology




online collaboration, community of practice, Internet, Web 2.0, personal learning networks, webheads, multiliteracies, teacher development, professional development


Webheads in Action is an online community of practice (CoP) comprising teachers and learners who, for well over a decade now, have engaged one another in frequent collaboration serving to enhance the learning and knowledge of all concerned. This is achieved through constant exchange of ideas not only about teaching but also on the use of the Internet to provide opportunities for learning through appropriate application of freely available Web 2.0 tools in personal learning networks (PLNs). This article introduces Webheads as a CoP and provides specific examples of how participants scaffold each other’s teaching of writing and development of multiliteracies skills.

Author Biographies

Beyza Yur Yilmaz, Ozyegin University

Beyza Nur Yılmaz is an instructor at Ozyegin University School of Language Instruction in Istanbul and a trainer at Pilgrims Teacher Training. She holds a BA in TEFL from Istanbul University, a Master’s in TEFL from Middle East Technical University, and a CELTA certificate from Cambridge University. She has presented at national and international conferences and co-moderated two sessions in Electronic Village Online, a project of CALL interest section of TESOL . Her interest areas cover computer-assisted language learning, computer-mediated communication, teacher development, instructional design, and learner autonomy.

Vance Stevens, Higher Colleges of Technology

Vance Stevens holds an M. A. in English as a Second Language from the University of Hawaii and teaches in CERT, Higher Colleges of Technology, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is the “From the e-Sphere” editor of Writing & Pedagogy, the “On the Internet” editor of the TESL-EJ (Electric Online Journal), and sits on the editorial board of Computer Assisted Language Learning: An International Journal. Vance is a past chair and founding member of the CALL Interest Section of TESOL and the founder of the online community Webheads.


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How to Cite

Yilmaz, B. Y., & Stevens, V. (2012). Webheads in Action: A Community of Practice Scaffolding Multiliteracies Skills in Teacher Professional Development. Writing and Pedagogy, 4(1), 135–146. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v4i1.135



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