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Open learning

January 10th, 2009 by Graham Attwell

My 2009 prediction – open learning. And we are organising a series of online, face to face and blended workshops, seminars and events throughout this year. So many in fact, that webmeister Dirk is busy programming a new events page for this web site.
Over the next few days I will post more details about the different events. But to start off, I have posted details of the JISC Evolve Emerging Mondays seminars, Sounds of The Bazaar and the  ThoughtFest event being held in March in Salford. The seminars are online events, ThoughtFest is a face to face workshop.

PLEs and E-Portfolios – is this the future of education?

    January, 19th 2009, 1900 CET, 1800 UK time.
    Speakers: Graham Attwell, Pontydysgu

    Careers and the Internet – how does Web 2.0 impact on our Online Reputation and Identity

      February, 16th 2009 – 1900 CET, 1800 UK time.
      Speakers: Steven Warburton,

      Enterprise 2.0 – the potential of Social Software for learning in enterprises

        March, 16th 2009 – 1900 CET, 1800 UK time
        Speakers: Timothy Hall, University of Limerick, Ireland

        Edupunk – Free the educational system

        April, 6th 2009 1900 CET, 1800 UK time

        Speakers: Dr. Martin Ebner and Steven Wheeler, University of Plymouth

        ThoughtFest 09

        5-6 March, Salford, Manchester, UK
        Thought Fest is a two-day event being organized by Pontydysgu with the support of the JISC Evolve network and
        the European Mature-IP project.

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