South Africa - Australia - New Zealand

Stephen Downes, Sept 01, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I am writing from Toronto International Airport, waiting for my flight to Frankfurt. It's the first leg of what will be a month-long global tour that sees me in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

I will begin at the WWW Applications Coneference in Bloemfontein, South Africa, offering a workshop on Web 2.0 and e-learning all day September 5 and opening the conference with a morning keynote of learning objects September 6. After a short break in Kruger National Park I will be heading to Cape Town, where on Tuesday the 12th I will offer a Lunchtime seminar (E-Learning 2.0: Tools for Meaningful Learning) and an afternoon seminar with Joseph Hardin: Learning Technologies: The Next Five Years, both at the University of Cape Town (contact Tony Carr for info).

Then it's to Australia, where I will speak on September 15 twice, once on e-learning 2.0 and then (I discovered today) on digital rights management. This is the Association of Independent Schools Conference in Sydney; contact Melanie Hughes for info.

Then it's across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, where I will meet up with a group of fellow travellers from around the work and travel around the country doing seminars, giving talks, and more, widing up at e-fest in Wellington September 27-29, where I will give another keynote. Then it's back home for a breather before talks in Fredericton, Toronto and Barcelona in October.

Huge thanks to everyone involved in setting this up, and especially my colleague Sophie Leblanc, who has negotiated my path around the world with her usual expertise. I am excited about this trip - and I'm travelling with the complete road kit, including video cameras, two computers, editing software, the works. I am planning to bring you with me, through video, webcasting and more. I won't know what I can do until I'm on location, but I've got the gear and I'm ready to roll.

Meanwhile, if you are waiting for email, or articles, or web pages, or reviews (about eight items in the queue) - I'll be on airplanes for two days, so it'll be a bit, but I have your number and I'll be crafting content en route.

So... they're calling my flight. See you on the other side...
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