I had grand ideas back at ASI 2010. Yup, I was going to blog every session and idea that occurred throughout the three days. The one thing I forgot about was the fact that I was an MC on day one, and was presenting three different hands on sessions. At the end of each day I was exhausted, exhiliarated but in no state to write a blog post!
Now reviewing my cryptic notes, and rethinking the three days I have time to reflect just a month later! The bonus of being on the program committee is that we get to review the feedback and I have to say it was rewarding to see that our work on the conference was well received. My intuitive response to how the three days progressed was a very positive one and the data supported my intuition.
All of our feedback indicated that our keynote speakers Alec Couros from University of Regina, Garfield Gini-Newman from OISE and Bill Muirhead from UOIT set the tone for the conference and each speaker built upon the learning introduced by the previous speaker. We could not have asked for a better combination of speakers or such a positive response!
My favorite analogy: Personalized Learning ….choosing your own adventure!
Need to think more about: the changing role of the teacher, the need to customize and personalize our learning and the need to respect everyone’s learning needs. Need to examine how power is shifting with just in time learning that is removing walls, changing the need for timetables and shifting/disrupting traditional visions of educational environments.