Conference Season

It’s spring and we seem to be in the middle of learning technology related conference season.  Edinburgh seems to be the venue of choice this month for conferences. Last week it was the UK’s annual celebration of open education,  OER16.

I attended the conference (see more here) and really found it inspiring to hear from so many colleagues about how they are using open education to meet their learning and teaching goals. The keynotes were, as ever, of a very high quality coming and all can be viewed via the ALT YouTube channel.

It was interesting to hear Melissa Highton, Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services, explain how they are using “open” (content and software)  as a cornerstone for their infrastructure developments, and linking that to their mission around the common good. Certainly something for us here at GCU to think about.  For more detailed coverage of the conference and all the keynotes, it is worth looking at the live blogging from Frances Bell.

This week it’s the turn of LAK16 with its focus on learning analytics. There are a number of pre conference workshops before the conference proper starts on Wednesday. You can follow the twitter backchannel via #LAK16.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, a number of GCU colleagues are part of 400 delegates meeting in New York to  present their work at the 10th COIL conference.  Michael Bromby, Anne Smith, (GSBS) and GCU’s COIL co-ordinator Sabine McKinnon (GCULEAD) are all presenting their work. Again you can follow the conference via twitter by searching for #COILCON.

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