Networked Learning Conference 2010

I am looking very much forward to the next Networked Learning Conference which will be hosted here in Aalborg 3-4 May 2010 (also I am proud to say that I am part of the local organising committee :-) ). The Networked Learning conference is:

“an international, research-based conference. Since its inception in 1998 the conference has developed a strong following by international researchers. In addition it is well supported by practitioners, managers and learning technologists interested in contributing to and hearing about research in this area. The conference is considered a major event in the international ‘technology enhanced learning’ conference circuit.”

The bi-annual conferences are organised by Lancaster University, Glasgow Caledonian University and Open University UK in collaboration with local hosts (in this case Aalborg University with collaboration from Open University Netherlands). I have attended the NLC conferences since 2004, and I always find them to be both engaging and challenging with good quality papers and interesting people, so I am very happy be involved in the planning of the conference.

The upcoming conference features keynotes by Etienne Wenger and Yrjö Engeström, and I think it will be very interesting to hear about their views on networked learning and more their current research – really great that they both had the time and wanted to do it.

The call for paper is being circulated to various list and conferences at the moment, and one thing to note for the upcoming conference (and future ones I suppose) is that  papers will go through a full peer review, whereas it used to be only review of an extended abstract (also this time it will be possible to submit the paper online – you can read more about paper submission here) -deadline for full papers is the Friday 13th of November.

Another thing is that we have been putting some work into implementing the conference website in Joomla, (Joomla is an open source content management system that is really easy to use, but with loads of functionalty – I can reallly recommend it!). The primary reason for doing this was to make the conference site more interactive and community oriented – so this year the conference site also features a community/social network where people can:

  • Create a profile (or use their facebook login through facebook connect)
  • Import their tweets, external feeds, slideshare presentations, delicious bookmarks etc.
  • Create groups to discuss symposia and paper proposals or to host a hot-seat or seminar (the latter can be arranged and scheduled by contacting the conference committee)
  • Participate in various discussion forums and connect with other researchers interested in Networked Learning and much more :-)

The community is up and running and people are welcome to sign up  (we’re still adding bits and pieces and working on some guides and descriptions). The community builds on the JomSocial plugin for Joomla, which is a very nice and easy to use plugin (but is not freely available beyond the trial version).

Anyways – I hope to see lot of interesting people at the conference and online before the conference :-) Do stop by and have a look at:

http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk

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