Pre Conference Workshop 
EuroCALL 2008  Virtual Strand 
27th August - 3rd September

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Virtual Strand PCW Blog

Discussion List 

Virtual Strand Chat Room

DimDim (presentation and chat tool)

The Virtual Strand Pre-Conference Workshop (PCW) this year is entirely online. You will have the opportunity to practise using the different communication tools that will be employed as part of the Virtual Strand experience. The skills that you learn or develop to use these tools are transferable to other systems.

The PCW runs from 27th August - 3rd September 2008. You can log in to try out the tools at any time during this period. The will remain available throughout the EuroCALL 2008 conference, too.

To take part in the PCW, you will need:

  • a Google account (if you don't have one, please sign up with your local Google service - e.g.,, and so on)
  • a DimDim account (

PCW Blog

For anyone who is unfamiliar with blogging, we have created a PCW blog (follow the link from the left-hand side of the page). You can use this blog to practise posting and responding to entries.

NOTE: If you wish to post entries to the PCW blog, please send an email to: eurocallvirtualstrandATgmailDOTcom (replacing AT and DOT with the appropriate symbols) with the heading: Posting to PCW Blog. You will then be added to the list of people who can post to the blog.

If you are only interested in responding to messages on the blog, you do not need to send an email.

Discussion List

Sometimes, it is more convenient to have a discussion in deferred time (asynchronously). For this reason, we are offering a discussion list for the EuroCALL 2008 Virtual Strand. You can access this discussion list via the link on the left-hand side of this page.

Virtual Strand Chatroom

This year, we are offering a EuroCALL Virtual Strand Chatroom via Lively. This is a graphical chat environment that allows you to create an avatar and to move around within the environment. There will be a short session about Lively as part of the PCW on Second Life and Lively that is being run by Graham Davies and Lesley Shield in Székesféhervár. There are FOUR places for online participants who are not at the face-to-face conference. If you would like to take part in that workshop as an online participant, please go to the Pre-Conference Workshops page of the EuroCALL 2008 Conference website.

If you have difficulty in using Lively because of the technology required, please email virtualeurocallATgmailDOTcom (replacing AT and DOT with the appropriate symbols).


This tool will be used for Chuang Fei-Yu's presentation and the Question and Answer session with Patrik Svensson. If you would like to attend either of these sessions, please email virtualeurocallATgmailDOTcom (replacing AT and DOT with the appropriate symbols) to reserve a place.