Conference tales

Perusing the latest blockbuster issue of Distance Education (29, 1, 2008), the article by Don Bewley on the history of ASPESA (ODLAA’s predecessor) naturally caught my eye (and so it should – Som Naidu had flagged it with me!). Building on an earlier contribution by Alistair Inglis (Distance Education, 20, 1, 7-30, 1999), Don provides a special focus on the regional activities of ASPESA, in particular the South Pacific dimension.

What I found as I read through the article was that it rekindled memories of particular incidents and people associated with conferences. Continue reading

Guest blogger – Colin Latchem

This is a historic moment for me because despite having emailed, audioconferenced, videoconferenced, Skyped and taught an online masters program for Athabasca University involving online conferencing, I have never before blogged. Now, knowing that I had recently returned from my third stay at Anadolu University, Turkey’s mega-university, David’s asked me to say a few words about this institution, so here goes. Continue reading