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Conferences and Compatibility

sketchnote of #trexit panel at #oer17

Sketch note by @BryanMMathers of #trexit panel at #oer17

I just got back from #OER17 in London, which is a relatively cozy type of conference (around 180 people, of whom I knew around 40 really well, and another 30 or so vaguely well). And I was thinking that I had a great conference experience and knew ahead of time that I would enjoy this conference. I don’t know that we can call a conference generally good or bad, but we could, maybe, consider a conference compatible with our interests and…

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Keynote Bloopers

So, in my own strange fashion, in preparation for my upcoming keynote at #OER17, I wrote this email the other day to some friends who have some keynoting experience:

So ha :) trying to prep myself for my upcoming keynote inshallah and thought it would be cool to collect stories from folks on “worst thing that can happen to you during a keynote” and to publish that in Prof Hacker or something :) And take consolation :) or something :) R u willing to contribute a story?

I received some very quick…

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#LendMeALaptop


My iPod Will Not Crash Your Airplane flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0) 

Last week, I was getting annoyed with white Americans worrying over their smartphones potentially getting searched or confiscated at US airports. Poor them. Because they’re so likely to get searched, and as a result of that search to get surveilled. I shrug. I don’t think anyone needs my smartphone or laptop to surveil me. I’m pretty sure it’s easi…

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Writing a Better Conference Abstract

conference badges

Ah, spring–when it’s time to start securing next winter’s conference plans, usually by pulling together abstracts in response to various Calls for Papers. We’ve written a fair amount on conferences in the past, of course, with Erin in particular offering a helpful tactical approach to “The Conference Abstract”.

Today, Catherine Baker does everyone a terrific service by breaking down, in specific detail, “Ho…

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Why The Open Keynote Is Still Open

dome with open top

“Is your keynote ready yet?” asks my mom, about my upcoming keynote at OER17. She never used to check if I finished my homework at school, and of course she knew NEVER to ask about my progress on my PhD dissertation back when. This one’s caught her attention, though. And no, it’s not “done” yet for several reasons. And I wanted to share these here on Prof Hacker because I thought it might have relevance beyond my personal experience, and to ask how other people’s keynote processes were (includi…

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Toward a Better Conference Badge

nametags
We’ve regularly written about conferences and ways to improve one’s experience at them, but, as far as I can tell, we’ve never written about their most common feature: name tags or badges, the little bits of paper or plastic that let conference attendees figure out who they should try to talk to, and who they can safely ignore. Or, I guess, that let event staff figure out who should be allowed to peruse vendor booths, or sneak some cheese and crackers.

Conferences can be a great way to make con…

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Toward Carbon-Neutral, Equitable Conferences

UCSB campus

 

Following up on one aspect of Maha’s post yesterday on “fostering permeability in academia”, I wanted to point to “A Nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference Model: White Paper/Practical Guide,” published by the Environmental Humanities Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The White Paper lays out the environmental and accessibility costs of conferences. The authors compare the impact of flying participants in and of streaming video, they evaluate the financial feasibility of co…

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Fostering Permeability in Academia

stack of colorful...beanbags with smiley faces?

“Equality is not a credential. Equality is a task. It is what we have to do, because we are not there yet” - Sara Ahmed

“…universities often describe their missions by drawing on the languages of diversity as well as equality. But using the language does not translate into creating diverse or equal environments. This “not translation” is something we experience: it is a gap between a symbolic commitment and a lived reality.” – Sara Ahmed

I am currently reading a book entitled Presumed Incompete…

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Choosing Professional Development Events – And My Pick for This Summer

people sitting around a table talking with laptopsI don’t know about you, but most people I know have limited funds and time to spare for onsite professional development events. Many of us have these choices made for us by our managers or by the limitations of our funding or travel ability (see my post about my one day in Rome!). At one point in my life, I only went to conferences near Sheffield UK in the summer because that was when I went to England to meet my supervisor. More recently, I only go to conferences in nearby countries where I can…

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EdTech Conference Etiquette: Tips from eLearning Africa

eLearning Africa participant discussion

I spend so much time smoothly meeting strangers online that it feels a lot more awkward going to events where I don’t have close friends or colleagues. I can handle being on my own for some time, but after a while I really want to be sitting next to someone I know at each session so we can talk about it, and have interesting companions at lunch. Why would you go to a conference if you aren’t going to network, right?

I was recently at eLearning Africa in Cairo, and I could only do a pre-conferen…