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Well it’s been a while since I’ve traveled (NO IT HASN’T I JUST GOT HOME WHAT IT’S SEPTEMBER?). This month I’ve got some fun stuff lined up, and I’m excited to get to do so many things.
First up, I’ll be presenting in two different sessions at the Association for Learning Technology Conference, in Manchester. One will be a debate, co-led by Lawrie Phipps, continuing our discussion started in March around the value of (and values embedded in) ed-tech. The other will be a conversation co-led by Dave White, where we frame approaches to ed-tech via discussions of failures, as well as our by now well-known opposition to the assumptions that underlie the notion of “Digital Natives.” I’ve never been to ALT before and am going to finally get to see in person large chunks of my Twitter feed, which makes me smile.
Next I will be spending the week in London, first stop visiting my colleagues at Kingston University again, talking more about libraries and learning spaces. This time around some of the discussion will be very much informed by the work I’ve been doing in collaboration with the Active Learning Academy in UNC Charlotte’s Center for Teaching and Learning.
And then I am pleased to have been invited to give the first talk this year in the NetworkED seminar series at the London School of Economics.
And finally I will be working for the first time ever in the Wellcome Library, running workshops very similar to the ones I got to do for Imperial and Kingston in March of this year. I’ve been hearing about the Wellcome since I started doing library ethnography work in London in 2011, and am appalled it’s taken me this long to get there, but pleased it’s finally happening.
So, if you see me flying by in Manchester or London, please give a shout and wave.