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The next NMC Virtual Symposium is Nov 4-6, but early registration ends tomorrow, so don’t miss out.

Rock the Academy, the twelfth in the NMC’s Series of Virtual Symposia, will explore the kinds of ideas and activities that are changing the shape of education today.

Creative Commons flickr Photo by Kevin Lim Revolutionary practices are breaking apart old models of teaching and learning; students are using new tools to construct meaning and contribute to the design of their own education; teachers are sharing the power that has traditionally been theirs alone. Examples of unconventional, yet highly effective, methods of teaching and learning may be found in pockets all over the world, at all levels of education. When the multitude of examples are taken together, we begin to sense a profound change in the making that will alter our concept of education itself.

We have a great line-up, certainly not everything out there that “rocks” (was hoping some of the folks doing open course would submit proposals) but the point is not to try and be all encompassing but to start some conversations. At least there will be something from the Ed Tech Survivalist and I gotta love one of my fave presenters with a title like “Teaching Naked: An A-Z Guide to Open Access Teaching”.

Group Discussions

And yes, for those squeamish of the virtual worlds, despair! we are holding the session in NMC’s virtual Conference Center in Second Life. Have no fear; we are setting up some new technology yo provide live video streams to a web site and we are using a new “ChatBridge” tool to connect in one place the Second Life and web-based chats, so you can enjoy the conference from the mezzanine deck.

We are cooking up more, some live music, some cool interactive resources… and if I get my editing chops up over the weekend, a rocking movie.

And you can guess the theme song I’d prefer to use

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  1. I love the irony of a staid old textbook titled ‘Rock the Academy’.

    Sadly, I don’t think the academy will really be rocked by any of this. Maybe rippled a little, but not rocked.

  2. Why ironic? Don;t you like books? Don;t you reference classic philosophical boos frequently in your own work? And I thought the title on the spine was a favorite?

    That irony is the point, my friend.

    As far as the ripples, this goes to the heart of the “conference thing” where I thought we had common ground. Like a stereotypical lecture, people go to the conference expecting The Conference to provide illumination. It’s not what’s in the agenda or the presentations or the papers- it is in what the participants “connect” on and engage with.

    My favorite favorite conference to go ti is Northern Voice, and it has nothing to do with the conference; it is the people I know who will attend, who will challenge me and make the whole experience operate at a higher level if energy. It is not an “unconference” it is a “nonconference” or… I like better a (f)unconference.

    Of course I am defense on Rock the Academy since I am working behind the scenes. Too bad you wont be there.

  3. Oh I’m sure we have lots of common ground. And I wish I could be there too – but I am so busy these days and there’s so much that I would love to attend, I can’t get to even a small fraction of it.

    Mostly my comment is about the fact that very little rocks the academy. The world could be coming to an end and they’d be more worried about publications and… well, that’s about it.

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