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.
A year ago I worked for Eazyspeak on a feasibility study to convert their successful Doki series of language learning CDROMs into iPad apps. This was an ambitious project, as it required the conversion of hundreds of complex interactive Flash-based movies into a format that would work on an iPad (as an aside, they also converted them into iPhone apps for iPhones 4S and 5), and I have discussed the challenges of the project in various events including Online Educa Berlin 2011, IATEFL and the eLearning Symposium at Southampton University in January 2012. I am delighted to say that the team has launched a series of 9 titles globally, offering beginner and intermediate level apps for learners of English, French, German and Spanish. Congratulations to Eazyspeak’s owners and development team: Nicos, Jane, Tasos, Alex, Panos, Louise and Stella, and also Byron Russell, who was a member of the original team and advised them on business development and strategy. They have more plans, so watch this space.
I was honoured to be invited to join BGS in 2011 after my MBA at Cass Business School. As one of their first Cass members, they interviewed me for their Centennial series of interviews, for which they interviewed one member a month. It was a great opportunity for me to reflect on my career to date, and what led me to starting Constellata, and working with Kim, Nadine and Graham on creating our mobile app Word Carrot.
Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is a prestigious international honour society for students and staff of business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The founding principles and values of the Society are honour and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, and earnestness. BGS has inducted more than 650,000 students into membership since its founding in 1913, and its e-magazine has a circulation of 170,000 members.