Along with Beck and Bea from the OER Research Hub, I gave a workshop at [url=http://www.hw.ac.uk/]Heriot-Watt[/url] university today as part of the [url=http://oepscotland.org/]OEPS project[/url].
I am in edinburgh for a couple of days. Today I walked from the station to the university, and went up these stairs (called the Next Steps). Someone on instagram said they reminded them of the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcist_steps]Georgetown steps [/url]in the Exorcist.
I have lost my main set of car keys already. I keep misplacing the second set, and although it’s a bit of a comedy thing, it’s actually getting me down. I spent 30 minutes the other day trying to find them. That is a long time to keep looking in the same places over and over again. So I bought this bluetooth alarm key fob, which syncs with your phone, so now when I lose them again, I can just tell them to beep. Might just stop me having a meltdown one morning.
There was a parcel notice waiting for me when I returned from Canada yesterday, so I picked it up today. It was this book, on ice hockey in unlikely places. Brian Lamb sent it to me (and my daughter), because when he came to stay we’d been talking about the dearth of good hockey books, and he’d mentioned this one, and sent it as a thanks for us putting him up (which was a pleasure).
Little acts of kindness like this make the world a better place, don’t they?
Landed this morning, and got the coach back home. Was good to see my daughter and the dogs again. This is the inevitable mug I purchased at the airport (I do like a mug).
Took a walk up to Bow Falls this morning, before getting the transporter to Calgary and the flight home. It’s been a very enjoyable OE Global conference, got to catch up with some people who I hadn’t seen since, erm, last week at OER15. Also got to meet some people who I’d known online for a while.
Took a walk up Tunnel Mountain today with Clint Lalonde and Marc Singer. This was the view over the next valley. It makes me embarrassed for British mountains.
I’ve spent much of this week at OEGlobal with the students on the[url=http://oer-unescochair-ounl.ning.com/] Go-GN network[/url]. This was established by Fred Mulder and Robert Schuwer, to attempt to build capacity in the OER research field. It is a global network of PhD students who are researching in the field of OER. The idea is that we have supervisors or mentors they can work with, as often they work in isolation in their own university. We also get them together to present their work at the OEGlobal conference.
It was a great set of presentations, and I’m looking forward to working with the students more. If you’re an OER PhD researcher, why not join the network…
Was awake early this morning so walked up to Vermillion Lake, about 30 mins out of town. It’s almost too much nature, like the lid of a box of chocolates. Didn’t encounter any bears.
Went to a bar in Banff with a few Canadians tonight to watch NHL play-offs. It was Vancouver v Calgary, a couple of us were going Vancouver, but the Flames came out winner. I had local beer. It was fun.