Sitting at airport waiting to board. It’s been a good trip. Certainly we got noticed, spread the name of Newport around the place, and we have all made various kinds of useful contacts which have potential follow-up.
Kerie was inspired by a session she attended about the use of a certain technology with implications for formative/summative assessment. She aims to develop a L&T proposal when we return. The session was run, incidentally, by a PhD student whose supervisor is Cynthia Weston! That’s a nice connection for Simon.
Annette had a very productive time and has made a fruitful contact with a PhD student who is investigating the effectiveness of evaluations on retention. Usefully that student is studying at Manchester so there’s a real potential there if some sort of research support can be found (another job for Simon!).
Ron, as noted elsewhere in this blog, has made a good link with a colleague somewhere out in the heartland of Canada. Could lead to something. Similarly, the contacts we made at OISE have some potential which again Ron will follow up for the ESDGC side and David and Kerie will follow up for the teacher training side.
David too went to some useful workshops about online learning which will feedback directly into the PGCertHE course. Standby Bela!
On reviewing the “expedition brief” that consisted of 10 outputs we have achieved 1, 3 (plenty of business cards collected, so Vaida get your database ready!), 4, 5 (this blog), 7 (we had to join STLHE to attend the conference and will maintain that engagement at least for the coming year), and 10 partially (School of Ed newsletter item already written and sent to editor; other publications to be identified).
Output 2 will be addressed over the coming month or two because we shall need to prepare our conference presentations for publication in the peer reviewed conference proceedings (we have a copy of last year’s if you want to see them); output 6 will be addressed with the guidance of CELT journal editor; output 8 again will be addressed perhaps during the Autumn term at Caerleon, and output 9 of course will be part of our follow-up. STLHE is at Saskatchewan next year and Montreal the year after. With luck we may return!
So while this post aims, in principle, to draw a line under the blog, to say “we’re done” that is of course not really possible. Tatiana, (whose own session was a great success and led to many useful exchanges of email addresses and contact details which she will follow-up as a part of her PhD supervision) shot plenty of video which has yet to be processed and added to the blog. Her session has yet to be written into the blog.
There’s also the Michael Wesch lecture which has perhaps been barely mentioned throughout our reporting but which, for me, was the single most inspiring session of the whole conference. I aim to do a fuller write up of that over the next week or two along with a write up of our roundtable session - this was, happily, thematically strongly linked to Michael’s lecture (though lacking his panache or insight of course!).
While I was aware of his work before the conference hearing him talk and illustrate his ideas brought them to life. With luck I can tackle this material at the Writing Retreat which I am attending at the end of this week.
What a great life!