Tomorrow is the final day of the #eurocall2017 conference. Time for a few reflections. The conference has had a packed schedule as usual and there are a few things I have noticed this time which indicate a greater level of technical engagement from participants. Clearly the focus of this conference is technology enhanced language learning but the shift is towards greater use of "wild" technologies. It may just be my impression but I think there has been a mood of determination that what we do is important. I think Graham Davies would have been proud. There was:'There are better ways to think of languages than as rules-based systems': a torrent of language & ideas from @stevenlthorne at #Eurocall17 pic.twitter.com/q7olusAOD8— Paul Kaye (@PaulKayeEUlangs) August 25, 2017
- lots of interest in social media and web tools
- a dynamic group of MALL (mobile assisted language learning) CMC (telecollaboration etc) VW (virtual worlds) users and lots of PhD students too
- a real interest in open practice as we are all keen to continue to connect and collaborate despite travel bans, brexit and other threats to mobility
- great examples in the keynotes of how the web has transformed learning
I have two further sessions tomorrow.
A session on CMC in the open
A Virtually Connecting session to reflect on the event before we all bring this year's event to a close.
I have a feeling that the connections will continue through social media in the coming year too...watch this space!