Learning2gether Episode 366
During the week beginning Monday, April 3, Learning2gether was monitoring the IATEFL Conference in Glasgow. It was possible to catch many events streamed live, but what is truly remarkable about the event this year is the trove of recordings left behind for the enjoyment of anyone, not just dues-paying members of IATEFL. The opportunity for the world to tune in virtually to this year’s IATEFL conference was a development I would hope to see others follow.
The recordings are here: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2017/sessions
The norm is, or has been, for professional organizations to operate on the mindset that sharing out what goes on at conferences might dilute the membership base. The argument is that people won’t pay to join if they can get the conference for free. Mindsets more attuned to social business models echo Stephen Downes’s mantra that content wants to be free; money comes from elsewhere in the business model. In this way of thinking, people don’t pay dues to professional organizations not because they don’t support them, but because as teachers they don’t take home salaries that allow them to be members of a dozen such organizations. Often they choose one. If it comes to a choice of one, which would you support, an organization that metes out information to dues-paying members only? Or to one whose goal is to share that information as widely as possible. A cynical view might suggest that you would pay for the one you can’t get for free and take the fruit offered on the vine; but a more socially oriented perspective suggests you might throw your support to the organization more in keeping with your ethics and values. Look at it this way, then: if you were giving a recorded plenary, would you like it to be hidden behind a paywall where only the well-heeled can access it, or mounted on a web site where it will attract thousands of views?
Wide dissemination of IATEFL conference video recordings is making rock stars of its presenters. Others come off staid in comparison.
TESOL does not mount its plenaries for universal consumption yet, but its CALL-IS streams its programs from the conference and this year left an impressive oeuvre:
And I wrote last year on this topic, on April 19, 2016
Can a paradigm shift in conference business models reverse declining attendance at face to face conferences
Mon Apr 3 IATEFL 2017 Online coverage from Glasgow
The live schedule is here, http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2017/live-schedule
Recordings of all the plenaries and interviews and other events are available under the sessions tab at the link above
The following are abstracted from that schedule
On each day of the conference, we’ll be providing the morning plenary live via Glasgow IATEFL Online.
We’ll also be providing live coverage throughout the day where you’ll be able to watch interviews live from the Glasgow IATEFL Online studio – starting Monday 3rd April.
Join us at 09.00 (UK time; noon in UAE) each day for all the latest from IATEFL 2017.
You will be able to watch live coverage throughout the day statring at 09.00 (UK time). Our daily coverage includes live interviews and all the latest from the Birmingham IATEFL Online studio. – See more at: https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/editors-blog#sthash.DUaBfzrK.dpuf
As well as our live interviews and the 6 plenary sessions, you will be able to watch over 40 conference sessions. These session videos will be published throughout the conference.
On their blog http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2017/editors-blog the following information is given
IATEFL Online Live Schedule 2017
On each day of the conference, you will be able to watch the morning plenary live, here, on the Glasgow IATEFL Online website.
You will be able to watch live coverage throughout the day starting at 09.00 (UK time). Our daily coverage includes live interviews and all the latest from the Glasgow IATEFL Online studio.
As well as our live interviews, you will also be able to watch over 40 conference sessions. These session videos will be published throughout the conference.
Tue Apr 4 IATEFL 2017 Online coverage from Glasgow
0900-1020 OPENING PLENARY BY GABRIEL DIAZ MAGGIOLI
Empowering teachers through continued professional development: frameworks, practices and promises
17:25 – 18:30 BRITISH COUNCIL SIGNATURE EVENT
Language for Resilience
Wed Apr 5 IATEFL 2017 Online coverage from Glasgow
0900-1000 OPENING PLENARY BY SARAH MERCER
Connecting minds: language learner and teacher psychologies
Thu Apr 6 IATEFL 2017 Online coverage from Glasgow
0900-1000 OPENING PLENARY BY JJ WILSON
ELT and social justice: opportunities in a time of chaos
Fri Apr 7 IATEFL 2017 Online coverage from Glasgow
0900-1000 OPENING PLENARY BY JANE SETTER
Where angels fear to tread: intonation in English language teachin
1310-1410 CLOSING PLENARY BY IMTIAZ DHARKER
Over the moon
Meanwhile, back at TESOL, Inc. … 😦
Earlier this week
Wed Mar 22- Fri Mar 24 – Learning2gether assists CALL-IS with streaming from 2017 Seattle TESOL
March 30 1800 UTC Globinar with Rita Zeinstejer -Joy of reading and writing through technology
- E4.512-2567: Boost the joy of reading and writing through technology
- 30. 06. 2017 | 19:00h – 20:30h CET
- Rita Zeinstejer / Host. Peggy George
- access link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/boost
- Registration: http://lpm.lpm.uni-sb.de/Webinar/index2.php
I thoroughly enjoyed the Glasgow conference online and glad to be able to watch the plenaries live and some sessions, but most were in the wee hours of the night hence really glad to be able to watch the next day or still … Another thing in reply to your question about sharing recordings (or anything for that matter) what better is there than to share and share alike! To me sharing is akin to publishing one’s work or making it as public as possible. And like you mention it is also a question of economics in deciding to attend conferences which for some, including myself, is a financial burden best avoided.
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