Educational Technology and Education Conferences for June to December 2018

Clayton R Wright, Stephen's Web, May 11, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Clayton R. Wright offers the 39th version of the Educational Technology and Education Conference list. It comprises 1,782 confirmed events between May-December 2018. MS-Word Document. He writes, "The events for May and June have been updated since distribution of the previous list. During the last 20 years, as I have compiled the list, I have viewed tens of thousands of conference, symposium, and workshop websites. I am still amazed at the number of event organizers who do not link one year's website to the next or who think of the website as a treasure hunt.

"The leading page of an event should be attractive, but it should also be informative. It should provide basic information such as the title, an alphanumeric date (including the year), and the specific location while using few abbreviations so those who are not in the 'in-crowd' can figure out what the conference is about and where it will be held. Using 'code' or shorthand may be acceptable for those who attend an event regularly or attend an event held in the same place each year, but how does this presentation style successfully attract interest from others, especially those new to a field? How does the lack of easily accessible information help a person decide among several professional development opportunities?"

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