We’re so excited to finally be able to confirm and announce the two keynotes for the Melbourne venue of the Personal Learning Environments conference (#pleconf). None other than Dr Alec Couros aka @courosa and Dr Inger Mewburn aka @thesiswhisperer ! Both have written extensively on digital scholarship and networked teachers and it will be wonderful to add this dimension to the conference.
Dr Alec Couros
Dr. Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He is one of the pioneers in exploring how networks, openness and collaboration are changing the face of education.
He is an abundant author and speaker on the concepts of networked learning and changes in education, both on his blog Open Thinking and in presentations and work around the world. And of course he was a keynote at the very first PLE Conference in Barcelona in 2010, running an innovative participatory streamed unKeynode together with Graham Atwell.
Dr Inger Mewburn
“Inger Mewburn is a Research Fellow at RMIT University‘s School of Graduate Research (SGR). She co-ordinates the ‘On Track’ generic skills workshop program; edits and writes for the Thesis Whisperer blog; authors and moderates online courses for HDR students; coordinates the RMIT Three minute thesis competition and conducts research in the field of doctoral education.
Her research interests are, in no particular order, research student experience; Academic sociology; Non verbal communication and social media / blogging. In a former life Inger worked in architecture practices and made interactive digital art work, which has appeared in magazines and exhibitions around the world including Australia, the UK,
France, Greece, Austria, China and the USA.
Inger is on Twitter as @thesiswhisperer – this is the best place to talk
to her as her email inbox is always full.”
We hope you will come and join us in exploring this new field of personal learning environments and networks. Remember that there is still time to get your abstracts in for short papers, full papers and workshops. The Call for Papers has been extended until 31st March.
However, bear in mind that beyond the refereed papers, we will also be interested non-refereed submissions. The PLE Conference is a conference where sharing is everything. So if you would like to contribute your ideas or gather people’s thoughts in an existing format, like pecha kucha, a demonstration, a contributions to the Mediacast contest or have an idea for a new format, we’re here to listen!