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Show that you share (again)

December 4th, 2007 by Graham Attwell


Neat photo from On-line Educa – thanks to Peter Himsel who took the picture and thanks to Online Educa and to Peter for releasing under a Creative Commons attribution license.

It seems strange to me but I am still finding people who don’t know about next weeks Bazaar event – Show that you Share taking place in Utrecht on Friday 14 December. It is free and there are still places left. If you would like to come just email me or Raymond Elferink. Full details can be found on the Bazaar Web site.

And if you need more details to be convinced here is the draft programme.

The conference is based on five main themes:

  • Hey Dude, Where’s my Data? On data security, privacy and sustainability
  • Social Software, Tools and Content Creation
  • OERs and the Culture of Sharing
  • Interoperability and Metadata and OERs
  • PLEs, ePortfolio’s and Informal Learning

We were also concerned that the event would be participatory with spaces for participants to present key ideas and work in progress.

Our proposal for the structure of the meeting is as follows:

9:30 Coffee and Registration
10:00 Session 1: Introduction to themes – Graham Attwell, Raymond Elferink, George Bekiaridis and Ineke Lam
11:00 Session 2: Workshops and round tables –

  • Social networking services & social search – led by Josie Fraser, EdTechUK, UK
  • THINKing and UNDERSTANDing the internet – led by Helen Keegan, Salford University, UK
  • Building an infrastructure for lifelong competence development – led by Wolgang Greller, Open University, NL
  • Each session will last 30 minutes with participants rotating between different round table / workshops

    12:30 Lunch break (lunch will be provided for participants)

    13:30 Session 3: workshops and round tables

  • Developing Open Educational Resources – led by Marco Kalz, Open University, NL
  • The use of wikis and open architecture spaces to promote a culture of sharing – led by Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Creating and sharing Open Educational resources – led by Veronika Hornung, Salzburg Research, AT
  • Each session will last 30 minutes with participants rotating between different round table / workshops

    15:00 Session 4: Open Space – conference participants present their ideas – posters / 5 minute presentations

    15:30 Drawing it together – what have we learnt – where do we go next

    16:00 Drinks

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