A look back at this summer's PD - Part I: Conferences
Summer is usually the time for some professional development, after all during the academic year things are going at such a fast and furious pace that it doesn't leave much time (let alone brain/mind-space) to undertake much professional development. This summer (because of "factors") professional development was not as easy going as it has been the past few years, so I needed to pick a
VConnecting NMC Carol Sharicz Wendy Shapiro Judith Erdman
OK, so here is the final session that I was an onsite buddy for from this summer's NMC summer conference. This session has us join Wendy Shapiro, Judith Erdman, and Carol Sharicz from the UMass Boston Instructional Design Program.
VConnecting at NMC17 Michael Berman & Eden Dahlstrom
What is the NMC? What is its history? Well, see the following virtually connecting session from the NMC summer conference and find out :-)
VConnecting at NMC17 Gardner Campbell & Christina Engelbart
Here is a session with Gardner and Christina. Their session was one of the few that I got to attend and it was really good! The odd thing is that sessions that I wanted to attend were mostly in the same room, and if you didn't get there in time, the door locked behind you (bug or feature?)
VConnecting at NMC17 with Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Jill Leafstedt
Continuing with my virtually connecting documentation activities this week, here is a session with Jill Leafstead and @brocansky. Hey! Got to meet another twitter buddy in person! Woohoo! :-) We were also joined by Eden Dahlstrom the new executive director of the NMC. The thing we learned (too late) was that the Mac defaults to the build-in microphone when turned off, so...the wired microphone
Virtually Connecting at NMC - with Bryan Alexander
A bit of personal documenting this week, posting some videos of virtually connecting sessions from last week's NMC 2017 summer conference. This was my second virtually connecting series with me as one of the onsite buddies, and this was a fun talk with Bryan Alexander. I've been a virtual and an onsite buddy for a while now, and I still haven't gotten the timings right! I guess I have more
Are conferences places where we repeat ourselves?
It's been a long time since I last blogged and it wasn't part of a class (or at least it really feels like a long time!) Last week I received informational booklets (more than a triptych, less than an actual program book, and advertising in nature) for a couple of summer conferences that I keep track of, and some of which I have attended in the past.Leafing though these booklets I noticed something
Scholarly networking panel at Winter Symposium
Part II of January documenting. This one is the virtually connecting panel on scholarly networking.
The vConnecting about Cupcakes and Pokemon!
Another docublog from virtually connecting from a few weeks ago, at OpenEd Berlin with Alec Couros. This one has the innovation of being the first "pop up" virtually connecting session. Enjoy!
Academic Conferences: No change here, go about your business
I've been thinking about Rebecca's post for the past two weeks, the one titled What Trump means for academic conferences. Now that the semester is over, and homework is off my plate (for another 35 days) it's time to commit some thoughts to (e)paper. I'll say first that the whole travel advisory cited would carry more weight if it weren't coming from Turkey. There are things happening politically
Abstract Art Forms...
Back from vacation and I feel like there is so much to do by December 10th ;-)Here is a most recent PhD comic that reminds me a lot of real life...
Fri, Aug 5 2016 11:29 | AAEEBL, adjuncts, assessment, Campus Technology, Conference, instructionalDesign, NeedsAnalysis, teaching
A number of threads converged last week for me, and all of the threads exist in a continuum. The first thread was one that began in the class that I am teaching this summer, INSDSG 601: Foundations of Instructional Design & Learning Technology. One of the things that we circle back to as a class (every couple of weeks) are the notions of instructor and designer. Where does one end and
#DigPed PEI Unconference with Robin DeRosa and Daniel Lynds
Just a little documentation of some audio-visual texts that I was part of this past week. Lots of fun, and mentally stimulating, despite the technical issues I had :-) Here is a session I buddied for last week with Robin DeRosa and Daniel Lynds from DigPed Lab PEI
NMC Session (last one?) - from last week with Michael Berman
One last session that I was in last week. Fascinating discussion, and definitely some food for thought on membership-based organizations!
NMC session with Maya Georgieva
Another session I was in this past week at the New Media Consortium's Summer conference, in case you missed it. Fun stuff :-)
NMC 2016 virtually connecting with Gardner Campbell
A session I was part of this week, from the New Media Consortium's Summer 2016 conference :-)
Social and Engaging Practices in Developing Research Skills
A brief presentation that my colleagues and I did last Friday at our university's Teaching & Learning conference (I still remember when we called it the "EdTech Conference" :-) This time around I listed by credentials as EdD (ABD). I felt a bit awkward putting my standard (BA, MBA, MS, MEd, MA) - it also wouldn't fit - so since I am close to being ABD I just wrote that. I think
OLC - Dual Layer MOOCs
Fri, Apr 22 2016 04:30 | #OLCinnovate, #vconnecting, assessment, cMOOC, Conference, Google, MOOC, xMOOC, youtube
Here is the recording of the live session I was in where Matt Crosslin talked about the dual layer MOOC design. I still question the notion of assessments in MOOCs :-)
Missing...but not missing OLC this year
Thu, Apr 21 2016 09:53 | #et4online, #OLCinnovate, #vconnecting, Conference, OLC, SocialMedia, synchronous conferencing, twitter, virtual
For as long as I can remember (well...for the last 10 years anyway) I've been able to participate in at least 2 our of 3 virtual conferences that the OLC (formerly Sloan-C) put on. I've never been able to attend in person (for a variety of reasons), but I've always liked to have the ability to participate, even remotely. I am often on twitter during the live sessions tweeting away with
Not sure if I posted this a while back, but here is a recording of a virtually connecting session from dLRN (is it dee el arr en, or dee learn?). I am joining Jim, Patrice, Maha, Gregory, Adam, Kelsey, Jack, and Christian
Catching up with posting virtually connecting sessions I've appeared in :-)In this one I joined Helen, Maha B., Maha A., David, Martin, Mary, and Claire. This was at the OpenEd15 conference (Vancouver) after David and Mary's keynote "Supporting Open Textbook Adoption in British Columbia". This took place last week.
OpenEd15 virtually connecting Thuesday session?)
Catching up with posting virtually connecting sessions I've appeared in :-)In this one I joined Helen, Maha, Patrice, Rebecca, Autumm, Mike, Phil, and Alan. The session was at OpenEd15 (Vancouver), which took place last week.
BIT2015 virtually connecting session
Catching up with posting virtually connecting sessions I've appeared in :-)In this one I joined Helen, Sylvia, Patricia, Camille, Peter, and Sarah.
Virtually Connecting at #digPed 2015 (Day 5)
This is also cross-posted on VirtuallyConnecting.org The final virtually connecting session of the DigPed Lab Institute (don’t call it a conference!) was on Friday August 14, 2015 and despite the fatigue as people crossed the finish line for this lab institute we had an engaging and lively discussion for our vConnecting session!Joining us in the virtual realm in this vConnecting session were
What's the point of (higher) education?
Mon, Aug 3 2015 04:30 | adjuncts, Campus Technology, Conference, education, faculty, governance, instructionalDesign, keynote, Management, onlineLearning
With Campus Technology behind us, I've got some free time to compose some thoughts on what I experienced this year in Boston. I like going to Campus Tech each year as I have an opportunity to attend some sessions, see what the EdTech vendors are up to, and meet with new and existing colleagues. One of the keynotes this year, by SNHU (Southern New Hampshire University) President was really
Ready for Campus Technology!
Well, the count down has begun for Campus Technology (and AAEBL) 2015 :-) I am looking forward to this conference! I just got a press release about the keynote speakers of the conference (pasted after this message). The names are ones that I don't recognize, but the institutions seem pretty interesting. I bet I will most likely have some snarky tweets, but I'll do my best to
Sun, Aug 3 2014 09:54 | Campus Technology, cMOOC, Conference, MOOC, pondering, publishing, research, xMOOC
This past week I was able to attend Campus Technology and AAEEBL 2014 in Boston. I count myself lucky that I have two conferences every year that are pretty close to me (the other one being NERCOMP) that allows me to go and see some interesting presentations, engage with colleagues, and talk to vendors (and let's not forget the cool vendor swag ;-) ). This year, unfortunately, I didn't get an opportunity
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Fri, Dec 6 2013 10:30 | #edcmooc, blogs, cMOOC, Conference, corpusLinguistics, EdTech, engagement, forums, linguistics, MOOC, participation, pMOOC, recommendation, twitter, web2.0, xMOOC
Jeeves will point you to the right discussion forumA couple of years ago when I was putting pen to paper and I was working on my Academic Check-ins paper I was doing some more research into recommender systems, you know the systems like the ones that they have on Amazon.com and Netflix whereby if you rate a certain product in a certain way, or if you view certain products, more recommendations come
Time flies when you are having fun
I just realized that it's been a while since I've posted something on here. I guess compared to other blogs I am still a regular poster, but I'd like to post more often. Well, here I am! I guess time flies when you are having fun, and getting over a cold (have we found a cure for that yet?)This month has been a crazy month, in addition to the day job, and my part time teaching gig (which
Thoughts from Day 1 ALN Panel Discussion
Well, yesterday afternoon I got fired up when listening to the final panel discussion of the day at Sloan-C's annual ALN conference. The panel was titled "Evolution or Revolution? What’s Happening with “Traditional” Online Learning?" and I have broken down my thoughts by speaker.Jose Cruz (The Education Trust, US)This was a pretty interesting speaker, and he made a good point about putting "learning"
Campus Tech 2012 wrap up
Fri, Jul 20 2012 18:00 | Campus Technology, Conference, iOS, LMS, mLearning, mobile, MOOC, SloanC, tablet, technology
Well, one more campus technology conference and expo is done!The Campus Technology annual summer conference is the nation’s premier higher education technology conference, where leading innovators and experts in technology for higher education guide faculty, instructional designers, eLearning program managers, information technologists, and campus administrators into the new realm of teaching and
NMC2012, Day 2 Highlights
Here's a quick recap of yesterday's NMC12 breakout sessions. I decided to skip the morning plenary- 2 hours of 15 minute presentations is a little too much for me, and I can get those on iTunesU anyway ;-). Yesterday's breakout sessions were mostly interesting (and I had quite a few interesting side conversations!) Exploring a Tablet Application for the seminar ClassroomWith Eric Gordon from:
NMC Day 1: session overview
This blog post might be long...but what the heck, a long post every now and again is OK ;-). These are my thoughts on Sessions that I attended. Some were great...and some not so much (they had potential but did not deliver) Digital Badges on Campus: More than Just a GameWith: Mike Soupios, Danielle Mirliss, Thomas McGee from Seton Hall University This was my first session of the day,
NMC12: day 1 highlights part 1
This year the New Media Consortium conference was held in Boston and hosted by MIT, so it was a good opportunity to attend given that it is my own back yard. In this post, I don't plan to recount blow by blow each session, but rather post what seemed most interesting about each. In the welcome keynot was made by Joichi Ito, the MIT media lab director, and the topic was on innovation in open networks
AAAL CALL wrap up
This is my final AAAL wrap up post, this time focusing on Computer Assisted Langauge Learning (CALL). There were a few interesting presentations (I guess for more CALL stuff I need to go to the CALICO conference) at AAAL on computer assisted language learning. One presentation (from a colleague at UMass Amherst if I am not mistaken) focused on using WIMBA to teach Japanese completely online. David
AAAL, Research from down under
Despite the couple of mis-steps (i.e. hand wringing sessions) there were a lot of great presentations at AAAL this year. There were a couple of presentations that I attended that dealt with the learning of native languages of Australia by the natives themselves. The people presenting were from the University of Melbourne - it seemed like a delegation, or at least a group of colleagues that work together
Hand wringing at AAAL
I guess I will start with the "m'eh" of the conference considering that we can only go up if we start at the bottom (and it just so happens that one of the first session I went to was one of these two). So, I think this was partly my fault for not really reading the abstracts prior to going to the sessions (mostly going by the title), and even when I read the abstracts, not really looking up
AAAL wrap up
Well, the AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics) conference is over and I am really really tired. I can't believe that there are people that right after AAAL they are headed over to Pennsylvania for the TESOL conference... Me, I need a few days of sleep to recuperate from those four days of non-stop presentations.There were a number of really interesting sessions, and some
AAAL Conference, Day 4 Liveblog
Highlihgts of AAAL 2012 Day 4 (Tuesday 3/27) -Boston, MA.Check back for liveblog updates[View the story "AAAL 2012 Day 4" on Storify]
AAAL Conference, Day 3 Liveblog
My Highlights from AAAL 2012 in Boston for Monday 3/26 (Day 3 of the Conference).Check back for liveblog updates[View the story "AAAL 2012 Day 3" on Storify]
AAAL Conference, Day 2 Liveblog
My Highlights from AAAL 2012 in Boston for Sunday 3/25 (Day 2 of the Conference).[View the story "AAAL Boston Day 2" on Storify]
American Association of Applied Linguists 2012 - Boston Conference
My Highlights from AAAL 2012 in Boston for Saturday 3/24 (Day 1 of the Conference).Also, my first foray into live blogging with storify[&amp;lt;a href="http://storify.com/koutropoulos/aaal-boston-saturday" target="_blank"&amp;gt;View the story "AAAL Boston - Saturday" on Storify&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;]
NERCOMP Conference summary(ish)
I was planning on doing a live-blog of NERCOMP last week, using storify, but in the end I got so wrapped up in the conversation, and the tweeting, that storify didn't really happen for me. Last night I played with Storify a bit, grabbed as many images, tweets and websites I could and made a rather weak live-blog. Oh well. Maybe I will be doing some live-blogging at AAAL this weekend.In
NERCOMP conference proposal accepted - woohoo!!!
A month (or more?) ago @cdetorres tweets me (or was it IM? I don't remember) about submitting proposal for the 2012 NERCOMP conference. I had gotten a notice about this, but I had completely forgotten about it, and I was working on a MobiMOOC related paper. In any case, the deadline was that evening and my brain was sufficiently tired to not want to do work. Despite this I ended up putting
mLearn 2011 conference proceedings now available!
I was reading Micheal's blog the other night and I realized that the Conference Proceedings for mLearn 2011 are now up! You can download them from the Conference website, or you can read them on Scribd (see bellow)In other news, it seems like the MobiMOOC research team is big in China :-) We were contacted yesterday by PhD students (under the direction of their advisor) to see if we would consent
Sessions of Interest, but that I couldn't go to
Part ][ of my reportage back from Campus Technology 2011 - the sessions that I couldn't go to but seemed very interesting. To say that there was a lot of stuff of interest at Campus Tech would be an understatement. The following are sessions that I would have liked to have gone to but didn't have the opportunity to attend because they conflicted with other sessions I wanted to go to.iPads: Applications
mLearning at Campus Technology 2011
This past week I spent a few days at the Campus Technology conference and Expo (incidentally it was also collocated with the AAEEBL ePortfolio conference) and it was quite illuminating! I wanted to spend some more time with ePortfolios, but I ended up spending most of my time in eLearning (and oddly enough Rubrics, but more on those on another post).Three sessions I went to dealt with mLearning:Engaging
One week post conference
It's been a week since the CIT conference where I presented on academic communities of practice and engaging students outside the classroom. I have to say that the experience was pretty enlightening. I do like getting in front of people and sharing what I know with the group, but this particular experience has encouraged me participate in future CIT conferences and in other conferences both at UMass