Great lists in Ed Tech

I was reminded of  this today by  Stephen Downes’ OLDaily, and wondered if I’ve ever passed it along.  I should have, but a search of my posts suggests that I haven’t.  Curtis Bonk, whom I prefer to call “The Node”, maintains three very useful sites for educational technology and instructional design educators  and especially for graduate students:

1. Jobs

2. Journals

3. Academic programs

And while I’m talking about useful lists, here is a message and update from Clayton R Wright.  He pulls together a wonderful annual list of conferences in educational technology.


Clayton writes:

In September, I will start to prepare the 25th Educational Technology and Related Education Conference listings covering events in 2012.


If in past lists, I MISSED a professional development event that occurs on a regular basis, please let me know so that I can look for it in 2012. If you have the url, date, and location of the 2012 event, they would be most appreciated.


Remember, this e-mail is focused on events that you did not see on my previous listings, and are of interest to you.


Don’t forget to consider attending some of the events below in 2011.


September 5-6, 2011 Conference on Systems of Innovation and the New Role of Universities (COSINUS), Bristol, The United Kingdom.


September 6-8, 2011 International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT-C 2011): Thriving in a Colder and More Challenging Climate, University of Leeds, Leeds, The United Kingdom.


September 7-9, 2011 Edutainment 2010, 6th International Conference on E-learning and Games.

Taipei, Taiwan.


September 13-15, 2011 International Conference on Education and Development, 11th, sponsored by British Department of International Development, Cambridge International, Aga Kahn Foundation, and Jeremy Greenland Bursary Trust, Oxford, The United Kingdom,


September 26-28, 2011 Teaching and Learning Conference, 5th annual, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Durban, South Africa.


September 27-29, 2011 Enterprise Learning! Conference and Expo, Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim, California, USA.


September 28-30, 2011 Asian Association of Open Universities Annual Conference, 25th, hosted by Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia.


October 2-5, 2011 International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference: Expanding Horizons – New Approaches to ODL, 24th, hosted by Universitas Terbuka, Bali, Indonesia.


October 5-7, 2011 mLearning DevCon, New York, New York, USA.


October 12-14, 2011 North American Higher Education Conference, 4th, Puebla, Mexico.


October 18-21, 2011 mLearn: World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, 10th, Beijing, China. or


October 19-21, 2011 World Conference on Mobile Learning (MLearn 2011), 10th, Tokyo, Japan.


October 20-21, 2011 Re-imagine the Role and Future of Universities in a Changing World, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


October 27-28, 2011 Blended Learning Conference: Diversifying Blended Learning – Learners, Needs and Approaches in a Cost-effective Environment, 5th annual, sponsored by the Collaboration for Online Higher Education and Research (COHERE) and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE), University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.


November 2-4, 2011 DevLearn 2011 Conference and Expo, Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


November 2-4, 2011 Teaching and Learning with Vision Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.


November 2-5, 2011 Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), 46th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


November 3-4, 2011 European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey.


November 8-12, 2011 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention: Celebrate 3.0 – Design.Learn.Community, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

November 9-11, 2011 Virtual School Symposium (VSS) sponsored by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.


November 9-11, 2011 Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning: Online Learning, Teaching, and Research in the New Media Ecology, 17thannual, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA.


November 10-11, 2011 European Conference on e-Learning, 10th, Brighton, The United Kingdom.


November 14-16, 2011 Kuali Days 2011: Empowering the Community (focus on open-source administrative systems), Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.


November 24-25, 2011 Media and Learning, Brussels, Belgium.


November 22-25, 2011 Innovating e-Learning 2011 Conference, JISC (formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee), the UK.


Indiana University to offer online Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Technology

Yesterday, I received an important announcement from Ted Frick, Professor and Chair of the Department of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University, Bloomington.  Full disclosure:  I am an alumnus of IU and this program, so I have a bunch of loyalty and affection for the program and its people. I don’t pretend to be objective or dispassionate, but I do think this is a great opportunity for a lot of our own graduate students, who are looking for a top tier online doctoral program.

Here is Ted’s announcement:

I am pleased to announce that the new online Ed.D. in IST has very recently been approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

You can read about this in yesterday’s press release:

More information will be forthcoming as we begin to advertise this new program on our IST website and through IUconnectED. We expect the launch date to be in August, 2012, and to begin accepting applications later this fall.

I did not realize, until I read the press release, that IST is offering the first online doctorate at Indiana University.

–Ted Frick
Professor and Chair
Department of Instructional Systems Technology
Indiana University Bloomington

The (Cog)Dog days of summer

Get ready; I’m about to get all sentimental.  Like a lot of Twitterazzi, I recently had a visit from @cogdog, Alan Levine, as he passed through Saskatchewan on his North American tour.  For the few of you who don’t know Alan, take a look at his blog and work backward through it at  It’s an inside joke between us that I blew away my reader just as he was setting up what I’m talking about here, so don’t make my mistake:  pay attention.  Amazing collection of reflections, ideas, intelligence, prescriptions, solutions…and humanity.  What a guy!

Anyway, here’s the deal.  When Alan visited and stayed over at my place in Saskatoon, it was only the second time I’d met him. We were both invited speakers at Ed-Media 2010 in Honolulu (yeh, tough gig), and we met up and went for a long walk along the beach one morning.  I don’t remember much of what we talked about —largely family, work, photography, random stuff— but it was the lack of ego and the friendly playfulness of this guy that stood out for me.  Hey, he’s an A-List guy in the blogosphere, twittersphere, or any other sphere you want to name.  He’s definitely a micro-celebrity, which means that in a defined group, people really follow what he says and does.  But he doesn’t wear his fame. He’s a regular guy. What a thrill it was to finally meet him and spend some time walking around the beaches with him!

Fast forward a couple of years:  Alan bails on his plum job at NMC without much explanation, other than he came into a little money from an Aunt (unrelated, but close relationship) who was a free spirit and who was whispering to him to take the money and invent an adventure.  Yeeeooowwww.  Did he ever.  He decides to spend much of the year driving around North America meeting up with his friends, mostly people he met online and a lot of them he only knew online.  Wow.  Think about that for a minute.  It makes an introvert like me shrivel up and hide in a corner.  I probably would like you, but a cold-call meeting with you and staying at your home makes me crazy with fear.

So, Alan shows up with Rob Wall and we just canoodle on the deck (figuratively), just like we do with people we ‘ve know for years. As a conceit (conceit isn’t a bad thing in this context) Alan developed the StoryBox, a cool device for gathering snippets of stories, eavesdrops, media elements, and just about anything while he is on the road.  His intention is to turn everything he collects into something.  Who knows what it will become?  Not the CogDog.  But it will be something.  You can also contribute anything you want online, and upload it here.

Well, we had a great evening. As luck (or un-luck) would have it, I was leaving in the morning, so I left Alan in our home to meet Heather Ross for lunch before moving along to Regina to deal with Alec Couros and Dean Shareski.  I won’t recount everything, but let’s just say it was a nice opportunity to kindle a friendship. We talked, played, and even did a radio broadcast together on ds106.  He met our crazy aunt-in-law (really — crazy!).  We’ve made tentative plans to re-connect in Hawaii in October. Can’t wait.

But here’s the big thing. Alan made me realize, probably more than I ever have, that what we’re doing with all of this online stuff is way more than what we are doing online.  There are real people behind everything we do.  There are real aspirations, real dramas, real stories.  There are real friendships.  The world sometimes feels like it is flying apart, but you know what?  I think we’re a big part of the gravity that will ultimately hold it together.

I’ve met only briefly, or not yet, a lot of the people who Alan is taking the trouble to turn into very real, very tangible, very corporeal friends.  He’s an inspiration. I’m warning you now, I may be on the road in a few years looking for a good story and a place to stay for the night. But none of you will be able to equal my chilli verde.  I’m just saying.

The connective tissue of the twitterverse, blogosphere – no, of the people who care about each other, will make a big difference in the outcome of who we decide to be as a planet. Yeh, I think it is that important. As I watch the markets do their macabre dance, it’s hard to care about the outcome, when the CogDog has taught me that there are so many great people around.

Most of you have already figured this out, but I think it deserves repeating.  This stuff is real.  There are good people involved, and we have fresh ways to really dig into the lives of each other. It matters.

I know how stupid and naive this will sound, but it’s simple, really. All we have to do is care. Care about ourselves; care about what we do; and care about the people we do it with.  Simple.