Thought Fest 2009

December 1st, 2008

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. The event will bring together researchers in Technology Enhanced Learning in an open forum to debate the current issues surrounding educational technologies and discuss how and where research impacts on practice and where practice drives research.

Who is Thought Fest aimed at?

Thought Fest is an event for researchers and practitioners in the area of Learning Technologies.

When is Thought Fest?

Thought Fest will be held in March, 5-6.

Where is Thought Fest taking place?

The workshop will take place in Manchester, UK, hosted at the University of Salford, in the ThinkLab

How can you get involved?

We will provide the physical space for discussion, debate, and exchange of ideas in a relaxed environment.

But of course, for that to happen we need your help shaping the event. We need people to help us organize the Spring Thought Fest 2009. Please submit your interest about taking active part in the Thought Fest. Apply to co-organizing one of the possible event sections described below. Alternatively, send us your own ideas on how you think a part of this event should be organized, and how you would like to help us approach the different issues concerned with Technology.

Some ideas for Activities at Thought Fest

TEL Fair: Let’s share it in the open. What about setting a learning stand and try to sell others our practice / our research project / ideas? We were thinking of the following scenario:  4 Researchers / 4 stands = each speaker will prepare their presentation for 15 minutes and try to sell their story – a project they want to create, a project they are working on and want to disseminate, research results they want to share – every 15 minutes the audience has to rotate to the next stand. Interested in being one of Thought Fest TEL Fair sellers? Please email us your interest with a small description of what you are selling and what you will need in terms of technology / facilities.

Debating ideas: Let’s form a round table about a topic we are passionate about, and  invite others to a lively
discussion.  Just send us a topic you would like to debate, and together we will gather a group of people interested in taking part in it. And may the conversation begin!

Researchers Corner: Stuck with the research (question)? Could use some feedback on the working in Progress? Then let’s organize a friendly researchers’ corner (bringing together senior and young researchers in the field) and share our concerns, questions, research process, etc. Let’s mentor one another!

Workshop time! Would you like to offer a hands-on workshop during the Thought Fest? Is there a TEL area we could explore together? Suggest a workshop you would either like to offer or which you would like to take part in.

Other ideas Welcome! You may have other ideas, issues, questions and concerns, as well as other formats in mind. Please let us know what you would like to discuss and how you think we could best organize this event. Just get in touch. We would love to hear from you!

For further details on how to take part in the Thought Fest, please check the Leaflet “Thought Fest 2009”

Submissions and Further Information

Please contact Cristina Costa, University of Salford, UK. Email: c [dot] mendesdacosta [at] salford [dot] ac [dot] uk
All submissions and requests for registration will be acknowledged.
Deadlines: All submissions should be received until Jan, 31
Notification of acceptance: Will be until Feb, 8


Please register here.

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