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Sounds of the Bazaar – LIVE from OEB15 Day 2

December 7th, 2015 by Dirk Stieglitz

Here is the podcast of our second live programme from OEB15. Our guest on the Friday were:

  • John Bibby – Learning Layers
  • Hani Malouf – Velawoods English
  • Yishay Mor – MOOCs and Co, Spain
  • Jane Richardson – Oracle Academy, UK
  • Inge De Waard – Open University, UK
  • ADInstruments Ltd -Tom Broughton (exhibition stand)
  • Entropy Knowledge Network – Rubina  Antonelli (exhibition stand)
  • Ilona Buchem –  Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin, Germany

The show was presented by Graham Attwell, Jenny Hughes and Chahira Nouira. The music is by Boom Boom Beckett from the Album “boom boom baby” and you can find it on Jamendo.com.

Sounds of the Bazaar – LIVE from OEB15 Day 1

December 4th, 2015 by Graham Attwell

We were again with our Sounds of the Bazaar radio stand at the OEB-Conference and broadcasted two programms. Here is the first show we recorded live on Thursday the 3rd of December. On the show were in chronological order:

  • Paul Bailey – Jisc, UK
  • June Breivik – Norwegian Business School
  • Peter Isackson – SkillScaper, USA and Learnscaper, France
  • Nick Kearny –  Boundaries Observatory C.I.C., UK
  • Melanie Campbell (Bau-ABC Rostrup, Germany) and Raymond Elferink (RayCom, Netherlands)
  • Norbert Morawetz and Clayton Black  –  Potential.ly, UK
  • Volker Lichtenthäler – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Philipp Hoellermann – International Hochschule Bad Honnef, Bonn

As presenters we have had Graham Attwell, Jenny Hughes, Jaanika Hirv and Chahira Nouira. The music is by Gustavo Crochenci and you can find his music on Jamendo.com.

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