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Summary

Heike Philp is CEO of let’s talk online sprl (founded 2003) which provides technology support for language learning and events in real-time via the internet. She currently lives in Germany and previously held the position as managing director of LANCELOT SchoolTM GmbH (2006-2011), an accredited teacher training center for synchronous language teaching by means of virtual classroom technology and virtual worlds. With over 20 years in education and with Germany’s first live online language school, Philp co-initiated three European funded projects and worked with 44 European partners including 21 universities to develop accredited and certified teacher training courses.  These EU Projects are LANCELOT (LANguage learning with CErtified Live Online Teachers) which trains teachers how to use virtual classroom technology and AVALON (Access to Virtual and Action Learning live Online) which trains language teachers how to use virtual worlds and newly awarded CAMELOT project (CreAting Machinima Empowers Live Online language Teaching and Learning) on how to create video in virtual worlds. Philp runs her own online conference, the Virtual Round Table conference and is co-organizer of the SLanguages conference in Second Life. She co-owns EduNation islands in Second Life and her blog let’s talk online is a rich resource for language educators who want to work online. She conducts and moderates webinars and workshops in Second Life and is responsible for the technical support as well as facilitation and moderation. Her clients include British Council, Ministry of Education in Italy, Digital Publishing, Elluminate (today Blackboard), several associations, language teachers, language schools and universities. She is member of the Electronic Committee at IATEFL (Intl. Assc. for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language).

Experience

  • Managing Director (CEO) , visionary and entrepreneur in the area new media 
  • Co-initiator of EU funded LANCELOT project www.lancelot.at (Proposal, partner acquisition, project plan and finance plan)
  • Co-initiator  of EU funded AVALON project www.avalonlearning.eu (Proposal, partner acquisition, project plan finance plan)
  • Co-initiator of EU funded CAMELOT project www.camelotproject.eu (Proposal, partner acquisition, project plan finance plan)
  • Evaluation of market and technology trends
  • Evaluation of strategies and implementation of live learning scenarios in virtual environments
  • Development of training courses for educators
  • Insider know-how of language training and communication in real-time via internet in 2D and 3D learning environments
  • Extensive leadership experience and experience in intercultural competence in virtual team management

Work History

Jan 2003Present

Founder and CEO

let's talk online

Founder and CEO of let’s talk online, www.letstalkonline.com

Startup as Germany's first live online language school in 2003

Co-initiation of EU funded LANCELOT, AVALON and CAMELOT projects (2005-2015)

Core competence in teacher training in virtual classroom and virtual worlds environments for real-time language education

Technology support for live online events, webinars and web conferences

Summary

  • Start up of a live online language school 
  • School management (25 teachers and hundreds of students worldwide)
  • Development of teaching concept and teaching material for language teaching in virtual classrooms, video conferencing and webinars
  • Technical support for live online events
  • EU funded LANCELOT (LANguage learning with CErtified Live Online Teachers), 2005-2007, development of a teacher training program to learn how to use virtual classroom/ video conferencing technology for language teaching and learning at a distance in realtime
  • EU funded AVALON (Access to Virtual and Action Learning live ONline) 2009-2010, development of a teacher training program to learn how to use virtual worlds for language teaching and learning at a distance in realtime
  • EU funded CAMELOT (CreAting Machinima Empowers Live Online language Teaching and learning) 2013-2015, development of a teacher training program to learn how to use virtual worlds for filming of machinima (3d animated videos) as learning material
  • Founder and organizers of several web conferences, Virtual Round Table (language learning technologies) DaFWEBKON (teachers of German), SLanguages Annual Symposium.
  • Owner of EduNation islands in Second Life.
Apr 2006Apr 2011

Founder and Managing Director

LANCELOT School GmbH

Founder and Managing Director of LANCELOT SchoolTM GmbH liqu., www.lancelotschool.com (5 years)

Accredited LANCELOT training, recruitment and technology center for language educators in virtual classroom technology, 3 shareholders, Philp owned 63%, an investor 26% and the other co-initiator of the LANCELOT project 10%

Summary

  • Set-up of LANCELOT School GmbH in Germany to commercialize LANCELOT project results
  • Set-up of an online training center for the delivery of the certified LANCELOT course (Moodle, live trainings in virtual classroom technology, training LANCELOT trainers)
  • Set-up of a language teacher community/ portal for live online language education (teacher portal, NING communities, virtual headquarters in Second Life,
  • Set-up of technical full service provider for language educators (pre-selecting virtual classroom solutions, 1st, 2nd and 3rd level support for both teachers and learners,
  • School management, 2 employees, sales, finances
  • Sales & Marketing (online event management, telesales campaigns)
  • Co-initiation of the 2nd EU funded project proposal AVALON, AVALON = Access to Virtual and Action Learning Live ONLine, to develop a teacher training course on how to teach a language in virtual worlds (Life Long Learning Program, EACEA)
  • LANCELOT School GmbH collaborated in the writing of the AVALON project proposal and in undertaking partner acquisition
  • Philp created the financial plan (650,000€) single-handedly
  • Project partnership in AVALON for the period of 2 years, from Jan 2010 to Dec 2011
Aug 2000Jun 2001

IT Support

Mobile Family Services GmbH

Mobile Family Services GmbH, daughter company of Siemens AG Start up of the production of GPRS supported/ call center operated mobile

Summary

  • Assistant to an external IT company in the setup of the IT department and single-handedly running of the IT department during the final phase of the 9-months lasting Siemens start-up
  • Implementation of a Content Management Systems (Internet/Intranet/Extranet)
  • Application training course for introduction of a CMS
  • System administration of Windows 2000 Server Umgebung
  • 1st Level IT Support von 30 clients
  • Administration der Telekommunikationsanlage HICOM
Jan 1992Jun 2000

Software-Linguist-WebDesign

Freelance work in England/ Germany/ Japan

Freelance work in England/ Germany/ Japan

Software – Linguist – WebDesign

Tasks

  • Freelance German teacher in various companies in England (4 years)
  • Conducting German exams with 20 employees of BASF Coatings and Inks, Horsham, England
  • German teacher in Japan, Shinjuku, Tokyo (1986)
  • Software trainer in various software training institutes in Munich training MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook) in Munich Softwareschulen in München mit MS Office/ Dreamweaver Kursen in deutsch und englisch
  • Website creation
  • Translations of technical user manuals German-English
  • Sales and marketing of financial products
Telesales

Education

Activities

Conference Presentations

Heike Philp is a frequent guest speaker at various conferences related to education and language learning

Organizer of the following Webconferences

Virtual Round Table Web Conference www.virtual-round-table.com

SLanguages Annual Symposium www.slanguages.org

DaFWEBKON www.dafwebkon.com 

CEFR Web Conference for and with ECML, Graz

Story Sharing Web Conference by the British Council