Archive for August, 2011
Shot in July in downtown Savannah, Georgia, USA
The EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology is an international conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
This annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education.
The submission deadline for this first call is: December 12, 2011. If you cannot meet that deadline… don’t despair. Usually, Ed-Media also issues a second call.
Last week I co-authored a paper with Terje Väljataga for the special issue call of Educational Action Research on “Narrative Inquiry and Action Research”. I have never submitted anything to this journal. Let’s see what their reviewers have to say…
I almost forgot… our paper “Personal Learning Contracts for modeling one’s personal learning environment” had been accepted for the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2012 in Berlin. Not sure if I will make it personally. Terje, however, has already made her travel arrangements.
The conference will provide a platform to network with global and national policy makers; as well as individuals working and/or interested in international education, including Vice-Chancellors, international directors and officers, academics, researchers, consultants, media, private agents and government agencies.
The programme is currently under development. If you are interested in taking part please see our call for proposals or our promotional opportunities.
The programme will include a series of plenary and parallel sessions, workshops, poster presentations, networking events and an accompanying exhibition…
Deadline for submitting proposals: September 16, 2011
“Funeral by funeral, theory advances”
Paul A. Samuelson
“Every good cause is worth some inefficiency”
Paul A. Samuelson
“Distance does not guarantee objectivitiy; it merely guarantees distance”
Michael Q. Patton (2002) in Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods
“Complex problems have simple, easy to understand, wrong answers”
Henry Louis Mencken
In July I managed to re-vist Athens, Georgia, where I worked and studied at The University of Georgia from August 1998 to May 2000. It was a great opportunity for an occasional “walk down memory lane”. I was able to spend a few days with Chad Galloway, one of my trusted sources of diversion and entertainment in and outside of the Learning Performance Support Lab… back in the days. It sometimes felt like I had never left.
The UGA campus was as beautifully landscaped and well maintained as ever. And the climate was as hot and sticky as it usually gets in the deep South in the middle of summer. For my Baltic travel companion, Terje, this was surely a new and somewhat challenging experience…
It is still amazing how much night-life is packed into the rather small downtown area of Athens, GA. This hasn’t changed a bit… as it seems. Though it was “slow season” right at the end of summer session the live music scene felt alive and kicking. That was always one of the best feature of nocturnal Athens for me.
ICALT2011 was hosted in the Georgia Center on South Campus. We presented our paper “Expanding the concept of learner control in higher education: consequences for intervention design” there and I managed to catch up with Lloyd Rieber and Janette Hill. I also got to know Ike Choi who had joined the Instructional Technology faculty at the UGA right after I had left. I also walked over to beloved Aderhold Hall (or Aderhold Hell… as it was sometimes called)… but offices looked pretty much deserted and I could not find anyone there.
Terje on the other hand managed to find two Estonian researchers at the conference: Mario Mäeots and Heilo Altin from the University of Tartu. They turned out to be a very enjoyable company on various tours in and around town during the conference days.
All and all it was really nice to touch base with the UGA folks… and float around campus and town after all these years.
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