Joint European Summer School

I’m delighted to have been selected on a scholarship with the STELLAR Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning to attend a summer school next month in Ohrid, Macedonia. The Sixth Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning 2010 takes place from 7th-11th June, and aims to encourage critical thinking about the role of learning technologies around three research ‘Grand Challenges’:

  • Connecting learners
  • Orchestrating learning
  • Contextualising learning environments

I greatly value the many opportunities my Higher Education has given me to study alongside international students; for their friendship, perspectives and cultural diversity, and this is my first chance to engage in academic work abroad since starting my PhD. I sometimes feel academic discourses in e-learning and learning technologies tend towards a North American bias, marginalising valuable European (particularly non-UK) research in a global field. So I’m hoping this event will provide an opportunity meet up with fellow PhD students from across the continent and establish sustainable links for the future.

It looks like a packed programme of seminars and workshops, with plenty of opportunities for networking, and I’m hoping to stay on for a couple of days for extra sightseeing.

More to come on this no doubt…

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2 Responses to “Joint European Summer School”

  1. Jeffrey Keefer Says:

    Congrats on being selected and winning the scholarship.

    What will you hope to be able to speak about and develop while there?


  2. Andy Coverdale Says:

    Thanks Jeffrey. I hope to draw on my work on the social web within the wider agenda of learning technologies, but I’m mostly looking forward to engaging with others and new perspectives.

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