Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Clayton R. Wright's notable list of education and technology conferences is now available. He writes, "The conference world is still in a state of flux. I was unable to find information for about 18% of the events that were held in 2019. And, some major events seem to have been replaced by a series of webinars. As people get vaccinated, more events will be held in a hybrid or face-to-face manner. But, some may quickly reverse back to an online format which may maintain the same dates or stretch the online events over days or weeks. During the Covid-19 pandemic, events, dates, titles, and locations may change quickly and some events may be cancelled. Thus, CHECK the website of an event you are interested in more than once.  

"The Covid-19 pandemic has led a number of organizations to re-think their operations. Associations are particularly affected as many depend on face-to-face events to help generate funds to pay for staff and support activities, such as publishing refereed journals. We may want online events to be free, but it does cost someone time and resources to organize and produce them consistently year after year. Not everyone can afford to volunteer the significant amount of time required to produce a quality event.  As most 2021 professional development events have an online option, it is possible to sample events from all over the world without leaving the comfort of your home. Do take the opportunity to participate in events that previously may have been out of reach."

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