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September 04, 2007

"Beyond control" at ALT-C 2007

As Andy noted a couple of posts back, all three of the Foundation team (Andy, Ed and myself) are attending the ALT-C 2007 conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre on the campus of the University of Nottingham this week.

Having just spent a week away from home, and having barely adjusted to being back on UK time again, I admit I was less than enthusiastic about the prospect of another three nights away, but I eventually chose to travel to Nottingham late last night rather than take the option of the (ridiculously expensive) 6.15 red-eye from Bristol first thing this morning.

I attended the ALT-C 2006 conference last year, just a few months after I'd joined Eduserv, and, TBH, spent most of the time feeling something of a fish out of water amongst sessions which veered from the very technology-specific to the pedagogy-heavy (but I did manage a lovely meal out in Edinburgh with a friend from Bristol!). Twelve months on, I suppose I feel I've got a slightly better handle on some of the current issues in the e-learning domain, and also the Foundation as a unit has made more of a pro-active commitment to the event this year, with our efforts to highlight the Foundation-funded projects on learning and virtual worlds on our exhibition stand.

I've barely had time to analyse the conference programme but I anticipate I'll probably spend most of my time in the thread on "Learning Technology for the Social Network Generation" (even if I'm not sure whether that "generation" includes me or not ;-) ), and of course I'm looking forward to hearing the closing keynote from Peter Norvig of Google.


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