For folks at home, tune in to the live stream keynotes, and a rich twitter stream. Expect to hear some of the most forward-thinking learning professionals discussing how open open educational resources (OER) can dramatically improve the quality of education. At the risk of telling you what you should do, don’t miss it.
I’m just back from eLearning 2011 in sunny Florida. Hands down one of the best conferences I’ve attended. Fabulous keynotes: (@cogdog, @colecamplese, @busynessgirl, & @opencontent). I’ll be posting some reflections on these presentations at some point. Inspiring sessions from people I’ve known from awhile and from some new friends, and an idyllic setting (especially when juxtaposed with cold and snowy southern Ontario).
I had the pleasure of presenting alongside Michael Amick, Dean of Academic and Technology Services from Central Lakes College (Minnesota). Here’s the slide deck:
And yes, there was a ukulele soundtrack to accompany this presentation:
“Would I Lie to You” (Eurythmics)
“Theme from the Facts of Life”
“(Don’t You) Forget About Me” (Simple Minds)
“Every Breath You Take” (The Police)
Many thanks to the organizers and all who participated. Hope to see you next year.
The Guelph technology sector is one of the key elements to the Guelph economy, and is growing. I was honoured to be asked to be part of the steering committee for the 2nd Annual Guelph Technology Economy Conference – January 18, 2011.
I participated in the conference last year. It’s an important event for a number of reasons:
support for the technology sector in Guelph
awareness of the significance of the Guelph technology sector and knowledge-based companies
networking and connections between technology companies, higher education, and knowledge-based companies
This will be my sixth time attending FUSION. I’m one shy of a perfect record, as I was off one year on parental leave. It’s a good conference. Three days, hanging with system administrators, instructors, technical support and help desk staff and institutional administrative staff from K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government institutions. I’m excited to (re)connect with D2L users to share experiences and build knowledge. It’s a lot of fun too.
Some highlights to look forward to (for me) at FUSION 2010:
Here’s (some of) what I learned and was inspired by:
“Meeting the requirements of the AODA really isn’t the goal in itself…we need to nurture a culture of accessibility and inclusion, which is different than simply accommodation and compliance.” (Mike Ridley)
Chronic conditions are the health care challenge of the 21st century.
Accessibility means revenue. People with disabilities are an untapped resource.