For the last couple of days I’ve been in
On Monday evening approx 100 individuals from all over the country gathered at the Golden Tulip Hotel, next to Old Trafford football ground, for initial drinks and dinner. Once I’d sorted out the problems with my accommodation booking. I met various colleagues I’d bumped into before and several new ones. Meeting new people was encouraged by an activity after dinner which required people to move tables and speak to people from projects they didn’t know anything about – this and drinks in the bar was useful to find out about the range of people and ideas represented at the conference.
Tuesday morning started with a coach from the hotel to the Lowry Centre where the conference was being held – this was only a few hundred yards by the pedestrian route but a couple of miles by road! The venue was impressive and welcoming.
Delegates were welcomed by George Roberts who is the director of the EMERGE project, who gave an overview of progress so far. He emphasised the importance of the UIDM model in forthcoming bids, and the use of appreciative enquiry in the project progress and evaluation.
He suggested that the various communities within EMERGE – adopt a team member. Josie Fraser then coordinated a community showcase when all the various projects had a couple of minutes to briefly describe their proposals, recruit collaborators and publicise their round tables and other activities for later in the day. The list of these showed the widespread range of activity ranging from improving academic writing through social scaffolding through learning design to Second Life, World of Warcraft and other MUVEs. A couple of the showcase projects which were particularly significant for the Mobile T’s I was representing included:
New HEI in
After coffee 7 simultaneous “round tables!” were available (along with UIDM workshops & an unconference, which I didn’t manage to get to). The first I attended was with the
After a good lunch and more networking, I attended another round table session led by the Bloomsbury consortium (SOAS, RVC,
The day closed with a short plenary about the evaluation of the project by Rhonda and some closing remarks by George who as the project director tried to give a helicopter view of the disparate work going on & suggesting the deadline for bid submissions would be extended to October which would affect the timing of the (possibly virtual) town meeting and a project development (not bid writing) day and a platform user group day.