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  • Looking forward to Ed-Media 2011

    Posted by Jordan H. Reiter on May 9, 2011, 5:12 p.m.

    I am looking forward to Ed-Media!

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  • Discussion Forum

    Posted by David Geelan on June 28, 2011, 2:33 p.m.

    There's this forum, but I was taken aback by the lack of a 'people's forum' for deeper discussion than Twitter allows at EdMedia. Seemed ironic in the light of all the presentations about how important connected learning is!

    So, like we always told our kids growing up: "Don't whinge, find solutions!"

    So I built this site over lunchtime: and now I'm 'Field-of-Dreamsing' it. Hoping that, since I built it, you will come.

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  • Community Memory

    Posted by David Geelan on June 29, 2011, 6:49 p.m.

    I mean no disrespect to any particular presenter by what I'm about to say: it's a general 'vibe' from some of the sessions I've been to, but in many ways it's the fault of people other than the presenters.

    I just feel as though many of the sessions I've attended have been presentations of things newly discovered by the presenters in their own teaching, but known about in the field and the literature for 10 or 15 years. I remember working through these same issues myself - 10 or 15 years ago. And I'm sure I'm not the only one.

    This is coupled with approaches that don't show a high level of academic rigor in terms of a clear, appropriate theoretical framework, well designed and relevant research methodology and a self-critical approach to the results. I'm not just talking about quantitative methods, not at all - I've written two books about qualitative and mixed methods approaches. But a higher academic level would involve a stronger awareness of what's already known.

    Maybe some of this can be sheeted home to the supervisors and graduate programs at some universities, that seem not to be requiring students to read extensively in the field as part of their programs.

    Certainly some of it must be the responsibility of those who select papers for the conference, and a more stringent peer review process that requires a higher academic level for acceptance might help with that.

    On one hand I value beginners having a place to present. On the other hand, it's hard for this conference to be at the cutting edge, really pushing the field forward, if a large proportion of the presentations are focused on issues that were addressed in the field 10 or 15 years ago.

    Again, not seeking to whinge, seeking to make this a better and more influential conference.

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