For years (and particularly when I’m about to give a conference presentation), I’ve wondered how it is that despite knowing that talking at people isn’t an effective way to give or receive information, we still create academic conferences that are predominantly based on presentations. In understand that we’re all busy, presentations are (relatively) easy to put together, they’re what much of the audience expect, and often the only thing that will allow us to be funded to attend.
I’m very excited to be working on the Playful Learning conference with Prof Mark Langan and Alex Moseley, which aims to provide a platform for people to try something different (and potentially fail too, that’s okay). We have playful and inspiring keynotes lined up,and a brilliant and creative conference committee supporting us. The conference is running from 13-15 July 2016 in Manchester and I’m getting excited already.