Up and back to Birmingham today for a workshop. It meant getting up at 5, but this is my last early start of the year, so that made it ok.
Out with OER Hub team for our Christmas meal at the Drafthouse in MK
Travelled up to Birmingham today for an ALT strategy meeting. I was on the train at Cardiff when it was announced that all trains were cancelled. By coincidence my colleague Simon Horrocks was also on the train, heading to Milton Keynes. He drove us to Bristol.
Here are the cranes on the Cardiff station redevelopment. In the story of Ibycus the killer gives himself away by pointing to the cranes. I’m not sure what these ones mean
Maren Deepwell had cleverly organised to get as many of the previous winners of ALT awards on stage to mark the 10 years of the prizes – here they are
I’m at ALT-C for a few days (I become chair of Alt this year). I’m also an advisory buddy of Virtually Connecting a community who get people to participate remotely at conferences by organising hangouts with speakers. Here Josie Fraser, Sue Beckingham & Jane Secker chat to the VC crowd.
I chaired the ALT awards panel today – all of the entries were great, and very diverse. Was a really useful process to be on the panel as it gives you a good overview of different approaches across the country
I gave a keynote at Swansea university today for their staff conference. It went pretty well and was well organised.
We had a small bit of funding to bring together a group of European OER people to discuss setting up a possible EU focused OER interest group. It went very well, so we’ll try and get it off the ground. There were many more people we couldn’t invite so we need to ensure it is open and inclusive.
It was rather odd having these discussions about working together across Europe as the UK prepared to take a vote on whether to leave. Anyway, a nice meal was had in Milton Keynes.
My access card had stopped working, so I got a new one. They used the same photo from 20 years ago. I look about 12.
Met up with Simon Horrocks and Andrew Smith of the OU tonight for some beers. I joked it was like an ou version of last of the summer wine.
David Kernohan & Viv Rolfe were in town to see some jazz so joined us for a pint too.