If you’re lucky enough to be heading to this week’s Learning Technologies Conference or Exhibition, one thing is guaranteed, you’re going to meet a lot of cool, interesting people. You may even end up down the pub with one or two of them, especially if you’re going to Curation Camp.
You’ll probably think to yourself, wistfully on the way home, “ah, I wish I could do that more often.” But you can’t because that’s it for another year, who knows when you’ll be able to afford to go again?
That’s the feeling that spurred Dan and I to create the very first weeLearning event in October 2011. It was free, about eight people turned up and we (ok, Dan) lost £20. Just over a year later and we get 15-25 people at each event, it’s still free to attend and it doesn’t cost us (even Dan) anything to put on. People regularly travel from as far away as Brighton, Chichester, Exeter and Ascot to join us. That’s very cool, but it’s also a little bit crazy. So, we want to encourage and support you to create your own weeLearning events wherever you live.
We’ll share our experiences and infrastructure to make it easier to get started. We’ll help you promote it on our website and on Twitter. All you need to do is find a venue, a date and start spreading the word. The first of these new events is happening on Thursday 28th Feb from 17:30 in Stroud, Gloucestershire. We’ll have full details on the website in the next few days . If you’re nearby please go along and give your support. Gill Chester of Little Man Project is hosting it, so we’re sure it will be a big success. Let us know if you want to do something similar where you live.
Dan and I will be at Learning Technologies both days and at Curation Camp, so feel free to grab one of us for a chat, or tweet us to arrange to meet up.