24-25th May I travelled to Beijing in China to present at the conference AI and Adaptive Education 2019 (AIAED 2019). I was invited by some Chinese-American researchers whom I met at the LAK'19 conference in Arizona.
AIAED (not to be confused with AIED) conference was organised for the third year in a row by the company Squirrel AI. It gathered 3000 attendees in the impressive location of the Beijing World Trade centre.
Last week I agreed to take part in this new project created by two students of the Department of Data Science at Maastricht University called Hackademia podcast. Their idea is to make podcasts about interesting research projects and explain them for the general public, so to make complex ideas simple.
March is the month of the Learning Analytics & Knowledge conference, in 2019 has taken place in Tempe, Phoenix, Arizona. Coming back from a very long journey (extended by some days off) in the United States, I decided to wrap up all my conference highlights in a blog post.
17th January we organised yOUrDay 2019, an event promoted by the yOUng network of the Open University, which I am proudly helping being a member of the board. yOUr is an event organised by young employees at the OU but addressed to everyone. The idea was to find space and time to foster inter-generational collaboration, promote future career opportunities and better professionalization for the employees of the Open University. This year the theme of the day was "yOUr day, yOUr future".
Me and the members of the yOUng board (Katya, Manon, Laurie and Mari) we organised a very interesting event, which included two keynotes: 1) Theo Bastiens, rector of the OU, 2) Eshter Crombag, professor at Maastricht University; four different workshops about Social Media, Career Development, Stress Management and Pitching ideas. There was also a pub quiz which was quite fun to do, a pitch session where more people presented their interesting ideas, to be complemented with lunch and networking drinks with music.
yOUr day was an occasion to bring, at least for one day, yOUng employees at the centre of the Open University. Sometimes forgotten, compared to their senior colleagues, young people nowadays live a much more flexible and challenging life with a lot of uncertainties. For this reason, peer learning activities as yOUr day can help to boost their confidence, and professional development.