So, I’ve been part of the organising committee for the 2018 edition of the Social Media in Higher Education conference [ yes I know it’s now 2019 and we missed the usual pre Christmas and festive jumper wearing antics but we are going with it for now … there will follow a 2019 edition back in its usual slot towards the end of year…. )
I’m currently on my way to Nottingham via train …. I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone tonight in advance of what promises to be a fabulous event tomorrow !
It has been such a joy to be part of this committee, a group of volunteer educators from eleven different HE institutions across the UK that have given up their time, energy and enthusiasm to create an event / conference / gathering / festival ( we came up with many definitions of what we were trying to do ! ) for people to come together to discuss the use of social media in learning and teaching. I can’t describe how brilliant it is to work with these people and to feel so proud to be part of this event. I have attended previous years in person and online and presented at the 2016 version so it is an absolute pleasure to be part of the behind the scenes stuff.
Our theme for this years event (9th January 2019 at Nottingham Trent University) embraces #openness, #creativity,and #digital_identity. Social Media itself can be considered as part of the mainstream, but just how ‘mainstream’ is it in terms of being an integral part of learning and teaching through developing digital confidence, digital capabilities and critique ? Or is it something that is more mainstream in terms of marketing and recruitment ? These are questions we hope to pursue at the event. We hope to share, and discuss what we do and why we do this sort of stuff.
I think we have what promises to be a pretty fantastic line up on the programme with so many great sessions to choose from. See the more detailed session outline programme here