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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ericast 271 - San Antonio Reflections

Where'd February go?!? Or, more accurately, where'd I go in February? It was kinda a big deal. Curious? Here's your show.

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Welcome to the Ericast: The weekly podcast that comes out once a month if I'm lucky. (Half-kidding there.) Is anyone listening? (Besides Matt and Chad?)

Discussing my trip to Texas for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference.  (Anyone remember the Driving the Beam episode?)

The conference was in San Antonio this year. Frankly, didn't want to go and leave the family behind; Minnesota gets snow in February! What are the chances? Turns out they were 100%.

In the meantime, I was in San Antonio for the first time.  (First time in Texas, in fact.)

Background: We ended up doing a poster session on a doctoral program, originally designed as a regular presentation.  The proposal reviews were split: "There's no market for this because everyone is doing it it already; it's old hat." ...and "There's no market for this because it's so unusual and radical that nobody wants to do it."


So, it became a poster session.  And there are pragmatic elements of dealing with a poster.  (Flights, shipping, etc.)  More than a month later, I can still remember the experience like it was yesterday.
  • San Antonio:  The riverwalk is beautiful.  I didn't understand it; now I do.
  • Key topics:  OER (open educational resources) and digital analytics.
  • There's a challenge of using analytics, even for good; some people are freaked out by them.
  • And I was glad to come home, too.  So, here I am.  No longer Far From Home.

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