Monday, 4 May 2009

Day One

The first day of Educause in Perth was pretty good; there were a bunch of welcomes from the Aboriginal people, Perth's Lord Mayor(ess), dignitaries from associated groups (e-learning directors, IT directors, university librarians), and a really interesting and humorous opening keynote address from Prof Arshad Omari, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Edith Cowan University, who outlined all the stupid stuff that goes on with IT systems in universities.

For the rest of the morning I attended presentations on assisting staff to produce quality online learning. At lunchtime Jess won a 4GB SD card at a trade stand's chocolate wheel, then she and I scored nice caps from Sun Microsystems - they're soon to be a collector's item now that Sun's been taken over by Oracle.

Then I went to some interesting sessions on strategic and institutional issues, finishing with a dry but worthwhile talk on student support in e-learning. All in all, it was a well worthwhile day sitting on my chuff taking notes. The Perth Convention Exhibition Centre is a spectacular venue, but I'll leave further description till I have some photos.

Heather met me after this and we did some city touring by bus, then back for a beer and a rest in our hotel room. This evening we'll go and find a meal somewhere interesting, maybe one of the bar-restaurants down by the Swan River jetties.

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