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Toward Carbon-Neutral, Equitable Conferences

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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…


Fostering Permeability in Academia

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“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…


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…


EdTech Conference Etiquette: Tips from eLearning Africa

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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…


Rome in a Day: A Report from the Annual Meeting of the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries

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As the mom of a young child, I’ve developed my own creative ways to attend conferences without leaving my child behind for long. Usually that means virtual participation, but it also sometimes means one-day minimalist conference participation. On Friday, May 13, I went to Rome for just one day to participate in the annual AMICAL conference (held at the American University of Rome), but my participation was anything but minimal, thanks to some really clever (and generous) scheduling by the confe…


Making Beginnings Out of Endings – @DigPedLab Cairo #DigPed

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I write this the day immediately after the end of the Digital Pedagogy Lab Cairo: an AMICAL institute. We had three intense days, followed by a full day unconference. We had a lot of virtual options (livestreams of keynotes and recordings of Virtually Connecting sessions here). We had fun!

I organized this event at the American University in Cairo (AUC), as part of my role at the Center for Learning and Teaching. Most of the event was for fully-registered participants taking part in one of two…


Open Thread Wednesday: Conference Season FOMO or JOMO

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Early January is definitely one of the peak conference seasons, as scholarly organizations such as the MLA, the AHA, the AAS, and others take advantage of the US winter break to convene large meetings.

But no matter how big the conference is, most people don’t go, whether from lack of money, lack of interest, competing priorities, traumas from previous conferences, or just a need to recharge between semesters. For those of us who aren’t attending a major conference this week, watching waves of…


Making Live-Tweeting Easier with Noter Live

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Conference season is upon us, with both the MLA and the AHA (among others) coming up this weekend.

Profhacker has a long list of posts about live-tweeting conference panels:

One of the challenges I’ve had in live-tweeting is keeping track of the hashtag, as well as the speakers’ …


6 Steps to Expanding a Successful Online Initiative – Virtually Connecting

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Photo by Ashley G. Shaw at #altc conference during @vconnecting session
L to R: Martin Hawksey, Martin Weller, Rebecca J. Hogue, Maha Bali

This post is co-authored with Rebecca J. Hogue (@rjhogue), an itinerant scholar and prolific blogger. She is co-founder of Virtually Connecting, and Associate Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Professionally, she produces self-published eBooks, and teaches Emerging Technologies and Instructional Design online. Her research and innovation inte…


Choose Your Own Conference

When I was questing for a tenure-track job in a (mostly) traditional academic discipline, it was easy to know which conferences you should be going to: you started with your national or international professional organization’s annual conferences, moved through the regionals, and then targeted conferences around your specific niche. This is, of course, an oversimplification, but after years of implicit and explicit messaging during graduate school and beyond, knowing which conferences to go t…