Later today I’m heading to Manchester for ALT-C 2009, the UK’s largest educational technology conference. By attending, I’m breaking my don’t-go-to-the-same-conference-twice-in-a-row ‘rule’ but I really enjoyed last year and looking at the list of delegates and pre-conference chatter: twitter, crowdvine I’m sure I’ll get a lot out of it once gain. Plus the fact that it’s in Manchester where I did my undergraduate degree and became addicted. If you’re new to ALT-C have a read of last year’s conference review, penned by myself and colleagues, to get an idea of what it’s all about.
Apart from catching up with old friends and meeting online friends face-to-face for the first time, I think there are three topics in particular that are on my mind for up-coming projects. I’ll be looking for sessions and people where I can learn more about: audio feedback, the use of eportfolios for supporting group work and in a similar vein, the use of wikis for collaborative writing. In all three cases it’s not the technical tools that I’m interested in hearing about but the successes and the pitfalls that others have experienced.
Conference review to follow on our team blog
I’ve just finished watching another entertaining & fascinating talk given by Michael Wesch at the Personal Democracy Forum in June. The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity includes a ‘brief history of whatever’ and is definitely worth 30mins of your time. If you’ve not come across him before take a look at my earlier post A Portal to Media Literacy for some background & links.
Wesch is one of the keynote speakers at next month’s ALT-C 2009 . I’m really looking forward to hearing him talk and I’m hoping he’ll be saying more about his innovative approach to teaching; for example see his assessment scheme & collaborative lecture notes for next term.
I also like this quote from one of his students:
Dr Wesch taught me that teaching and learning is about asking really good questions not about finding answers