GoogleTranslate Service


Reality Check in Vienna

September 29th, 2009 by Graham Attwell

I am at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) in Vienna. It is a big conference with 2050 registered delegates. ECER is organised through into 27 or so different strands, each run by a network, on issues like the Philosophy of Education, the Professional Development of Teachers, Pre-school Education or so on.

I am working with VETNET, the Vocational Education and Training Network, which with some 120 delegates is the largest of the networks. As part of a small project promoted by VETNET we are producing multimedia from the conference. It is fairly hard work and a lot of fun.

But the main point of the project for me is to demonstrate the potential use of ICT for enhancing the ECER conference. Despite many presentations dealing with different issues related to technology, and a relatively small network, Network 16, focusing on ICT in education, there is little use of technology at the conference, other than using data projectors for powerpoint! As far as I can see only 4 people have twittered using the #ECER2009 hashatag. There is no conference social networking site. The programme comes in a big printed book and, with so many sessions, is difficult to follow. There are no data screens, no live streaming, no means for involving a wider audience unable to attend the conference. Few delegates have a computer open during presentations (despite an excellent, free wireless network), indeed I suspect many frown on me typing away (and twittering the conference) during sessions.

Yet ECER organisers I have talked to are interested in these ideas. It is just that it lies outside their experience. And indeed, given the lack of twittering, I suspect that the culture (or community) of educational research has not yet embraced these technologies. It is certainly a reality check for those of us working in the educational technology community. And given the importance of educational research for the future of teaching and learning, I think it is worrying. If the teachers of teachers, have little or no engagement with social networking technologies, it may be a long time before education finally engages in this area.

NB We have done some wonderfull interviews (audio and video) with many people at the conference. Hopefully we will start getting these online next week.

2 Responses to “Reality Check in Vienna”

  1. David Muir says:

    I have been very surprised at the low use of Twitter at the ECER conference. I have mostly been at the Network 16 sessions but even there, in ever case, I have been the only one with my laptop open during sessions. I have found the technology in the rooms to be variable (for example in a number of rooms the data project is propped up on a desk with wires trailing over the passageway and projection is onto a wall rather than a screen) however I agree that the wi-fi is excellent!

    As a starting point, could future ECER conference publicise a standard hashtag and provide a page on the site to aggregate items that use the tag. See for example the SLF Live page from the recent Scottish Learning Festival: http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/slf/SLFLive/index.asp

    Reading this post and having seen your Tweets makes me annoyed that I missed your digital identity session – it would have been good to meet you.

  2. Andy Powell says:

    http://www.ignitesocialmedia.com/2009-social-network-analysis-report/ would appear to indicate lower penetration of Twitter in most of Europe than in the UK (though I don’t know how good this analysis is). Assuming that to be true in the mainstream, then one might also assume that uptake of Twitter by learning technologists will be lower in the rest of Europe than in the UK? One might also assume (possibly without much basis!) that uptake of Twitter is indicative of uptake of social technologies more generally?

    I also wondered about the size of the conference. Does it attract a larger proportion of senior management compared to other conferences for example?

  • Search Pontydysgu.org

    News Bites

    Online Educa Berlin

    OEB Global (formerly Online Educa Berlin) has announced its Call for Proposals and the overall theme for 2018: Learning to Love Learning. The event will incorporate Learning Technologies Germany – a leading European exhibition on learning technologies in the workplace – for the first time this year. More details here.


    Barcelona to go Open Source

    The Spanish newspaper, El País, has reported that the City of Barcelona is in the process of migrating its computer system to Open Source technologies.

    According to the news report, the city plans to first replace all its user applications with alternative open source applications. This will go on until the only remaining proprietary software will be Windows where it will finally be replaced with a Linux distribution.

    To support the move, the city will employ 65 new developers to build software programs for their specific needs. they also plan the development of a digital market – an online platform – whereby small businesses will use to take part in public tenders.


    OER18: Open to All,

    The OER18 Conference takes place in Bristol, UK on 18 – 19 April 2018. OER18 is the 9th annual conference for Open Education research, practice and policy. The final keynote has now been announced: Dr Momodou Sallah is Reader in Globalisation and Global Youth Work at the Social Work, Youth and Community Division, De Montfort University.  More about the conference: http://go.alt.ac.uk/2DmsPPu


    Learning about technology

    According to the University Technical Colleges web site, new research released of 11 to 17-year-olds, commissioned by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity which promotes and supports University Technical Colleges (UTCs), reveals that over a third (36%) have no opportunity to learn about the latest technology in the classroom and over two thirds (67%) admit that they have not had the opportunity even to discuss a new tech or app idea with a teacher.

    When asked about the tech skills they would like to learn the top five were:

    Building apps (45%)
    Creating Games (43%)
    Virtual reality (38%)
    Coding computer languages (34%)
    Artificial intelligence (28%)


    Other Pontydysgu Spaces

    • Pontydysgu on the Web

      pbwiki
      Our Wikispace for teaching and learning
      Sounds of the Bazaar Radio LIVE
      Join our Sounds of the Bazaar Facebook goup. Just click on the logo above.

      We will be at Online Educa Berlin 2015. See the info above. The stream URL to play in your application is Stream URL or go to our new stream webpage here SoB Stream Page.

  • Twitter

  • RT @EmilyFrascatore Excited to see this in print! I have a chapter in there on feminist conferences and temporality - thanks to @YvetteTaylor0 and @lahadk_lahad for giving me a space in the discussion! #I2PO #conferences #ConferenceResearch twitter.com/shipleyhe/stat…

    About a week ago from Cristina Costa's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone

  • Sounds of the Bazaar AudioBoo

  • Recent Posts

  • Archives

  • Meta

  • Upcoming Events

      There are no events.
  • Categories