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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!)
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.
I’m greatly looking forward to my mobile learning presentation this weekend for the IATEFL Learning Technology SIG, see details on their web page. I will report on a survey of language learning apps carried out with Paul Sweeney, and the features that we liked and those we didn’t and describe how I have applied this learning in two mobile app projects that I am working on.
The first is an arcade style iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad vocabulary learning game called Word Carrot that I have been working on the past few months with three colleagues in our new company, LearnAhead Ltd. The app will appear on the Apple App store in early January 2012.
For the first time in a while I went to both conferences this spring in New Orleans and Brighton respectively. I gave papers at both events, which were important opportunities to develop my new business, catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Funding my own attendance led to me to reflect sharply on whether they were worth the money.