2011 Global Education Conference

For the second year in a row, we’ll be participating in the Global Education Conference, a completely free, online conference that seeks “to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.” As literature, culture and language educators ourselves, conferences such as this must surely find resonance and the open and global nature of this conference will allow us to experience yet another aspect of the communities of practice framework that guides our work together here.

Following on what we did last year, we’ll all participate in a minimum of two live sessions of your choice which you will then blog about here, reflecting on what you learned and experienced. Please extend the learning by commenting on each other’s posts as you’ve done all semester with your previous postings!

We’ve a busy week ahead of us with the upcoming Global Education Conference and our rescheduled session with Ira Socol this Wednesday from 11:30 to 12:30 EST. I’m very glad that Ira has been able to make time in his busy schedule to talk with us. Prior to our open, online session with Ira, please review your questions for him as we will use these as the basis for our discussion with him. Ira has also responded to your questions and you can find his responses here.

UPDATE: The recording of our session with Ira Socol on universal design for learning and assessment is now up.

I’m excited to share with you that Ira has also written two blog posts based on your questions for him:
Suggesting new ways to see school, education, disability, and learning design
Suggesting new ways to see school, education, disability, and learning design Part 2

When you read his posts you’ll find thought-provoking insights and resources that will help you on your journey as learners and learning facilitators.

Our deadlines for our work together for the next two weeks is as follows:
November 14-18: Participation in two live Global Education Conference sessions
November 16: Our online session with Ira Socol
November 18: Our posts and comments on our Virtual, Mobile Connections materials are due
Thanksgiving break: Continue your work on your classroom project and presentation and your wiki work
November 28: Your individual Global Ed Conference posts are due
November 30: Your Global Ed Conference response posts are due

And finally, three past members of our course cohort and I will be sharing the ways in which our course components help prepare us to learn and teach in global communities of practice. We would love to have you share your insights and experiences with us as well if you have the time. We’ll be presenting on November 15 from 4-5 p.m. EST.

Here is the link to our session proposal.

Here is the recording of our Global Ed Conference session.