I’m just back from TESOL France, where I went to some great presentations and met lots of very interesting people. It was also great to be back in Paris. I gave a presentation entitled “Could you be a digital materials writer?” and you can download the slides here.
I was delighted to be elected as Chair of IATEFL’s Electronic Committee and look forward to working with committee members over the next 3 years. I will do my best to fulfil my election commitments:
• Review and streamline important online “customer journeys”
• Help SIGs with their websites and online coverage of SIG events
• Create a searchable archive of articles and videos from past events
• Help SIGs offer more webinars
• Continue to develop a network of conference and event bloggers
• Make all resources mobile friendly
• Use Social Media to generate more interaction with members as we are beginning to see on IATEFL’s Facebook Group (now 2000+ members)
• Extend access and interaction with Associates and the Wider Membership scheme.
I will work to ensure that our use of technology is flexible and responsive, so we can build a online presence and community that reflects the ethos of IATEFL and its members.
I am a candidate for IATEFL’s forthcoming election of a new Trustee and ElCom Chair, following in the shoes of Gavin Dudeney, who has been very successful in building the online profile of IATEFL. Simon Greenall has kindly nominated me, and Paul Sweeney has seconded my nomination, it’s the first time I have done this sort of thing, and I am finding the process both exhilarating and a bit scary. The Electronic Committee looks after the IATEFL Websites including supporting the Special Interest Group websites, Online Conference with the British Council, Social Media presence, video conferencing, electronic publications and the conference mobile apps. The Trustee part of the role is also very important to IATEFL, as the trustees are legally responsible for its finances, trading company, its staff, and the delivery of its charitable objectives. I’ll be available to respond to questions on the IATEFL Facebook group about what I would do if I were elected.
I attach here a Candidate statement for IATEFL Trustee and Chair ElCom of my candidate statement and resumé which has been circulated to all members, and you can find out more about me on this website. See also http://www.iatefl.org/news/chair-of-elcom
So, if you are an IATEFL member, please vote and please vote for me. If you are involved in ELT and not a member of IATEFL, then please join now (and then vote for me!)
Recently I attended BALEAP’s biennial conference at Nottingham University, which was a great opportunity to catch up with the world of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). I was there with Epigeum to meet potential clients and authors for its forthcoming English for Academic Studies courses. The conference theme was “The Janus Moment” in honour of the Roman god Janus, who presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and thus war and peace. In this case, the organisers were less interested in war, more interested in the analogy of looking back at the development of EAP over the past 40 years, and also looking to the future with the growth of English as a medium of instruction in Higher Education, EAP is becoming an increasingly important area. The conference was busy, lots of participants and great sessions, which you can see from the conference programme, but I was only able to attend a few, More >
I’m ashamed to see how long it is since I last updated this blog, I’ve been busy on some very exciting e-learning projects, and working as a member of the IATEFL Conference committee. One of my highlights was working with Ken Wilson to organise the Failure Fest evening at the Liverpool conference, and reading the various reviews made me feel very proud. I was inspired to suggest the Failure Fest event after attending a similar event of that name organised by Nesta late in 2012, in which presenters shared their experiences of failure and learning in various educational contexts. You can see the video of our event at IATEFL Online.