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July 01, 2007

The lastest Emerge community event is promising to be the best event yet, as community members take centre stage:

If you haven't yet booked your place, please do so now! here!

Monday, 9 July 2007:

Evening activities will be taking place at the Golden Tulip Hotel, where delegates can opt to stay overnight. From 6pm there will be a pre-dinner drinks reception followed by a 3-course meal and networking activities. A great opportunity to have some quality time catching up with the other members of the community (and perhaps members of your own team!). The evening will also provide a great opportunity to talk about and promote your teams interests and sessions the following day.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007:

Based at the inspiring Lowry Centre, our community day conference will
be a fantastic opportunity to:

  • Consolidate and celebrate the development and vibrancy of the Emerge community;
  • Identify and develop shared interests;
  • To plan, as a whole community, our future direction and goals.

The day will kick off at 9.15am with a welcome from our tireless project director, George Roberts. The rest of the days activities are tructured for your participation – we hope everyone who attends will be an active participant.

How to contribute:

Community Showcase (9.30 – 11am)

Josie Fraser will be hosting a community showcase in the morning. This will run in a similar format to the online activity day showcase – but in glorious 3D! All project teams are invited to nominate people to offer an overview and field questions about their team, using the slides created for activity 7 or a brand new slide if you would like to update yours. Presentations will need to be fast and succinct.

ACTION: All Teams
Send in the name of the person or people who will be representing your team on the day. Check you are happy with the slide you have already produced for the community directory, or send in a new one to me at emerge07@gmail.com

Your slide will then be uploaded to the platform ready for the Manchester event.

Community round tables (one hour slots before and after lunch)

We will be hosting a community carousel. Sign up to lead a table and to discuss your interests within the community, either as an individual or small group. Perhaps you'd like to talk to the community about what the potential of Second Life is, what educators should know about mobile technologies, or what your theoretical or pedagogical passions are. This is an opportunity for you to take a step back from your specific uses of technologies, pedagogies and methods and to show the rest of the community why your work has broader implications.

Alternatively, you might want to use a session to ask the community for support – by providing discussion or desk based- activity sessions.

Teams will be assigned two half hour slots, either before or after dinner.

Let me know what your topic will be and who will be leading. We'll make sure you have a table and a prime slot!

UIDM Surgery Sessions

The UIDM team is attempting to telephone all primary contacts from each Project to discover their group understanding of UIDM and the level of support that they might require.  One way support will be offered will be through personalised 30 minute surgeries at the Manchester event.

If you are interested in attending a slot, please contact Isobel
Falconer (Isobel.Falconer@gcal.ac.uk) as soon as possible.


The irrepressible Graham Attwell and Brian "always on" Kelly will be benignly over-seeing the conference's unconference strand. These slots will run in parallel with the others, but provide a space for community led discussion, activity, and who knows, take over bids.

Get in touch with Graham Attwell if you already have unconference ideas.

We are really looking forward to building on all the community activity to date, to welcoming people who haven't been able to attend previous events, and to taking the Emerge community into the future!

Posted by Josie Fraser


  1. A Mancunion writes:

    Atually, Josie, we will have a beach in Manchester, from 12 July, with two more to follow (the latter two actually with water, the first is a faux-beach, to coin a term). Alas, Emerge misses out.

    We also have beach towels. Look out Werder Bremen fans (you know who  you are), we'll stake out our chairs before you.

    And of course what sunny city would be complete without its own georgeous Sandy Beach to relax on?

    Mark van HarmelenMark van Harmelen on Monday, 02 July 2007, 12:05 BST # |

  2. "The 'Fair Trade' sand will be imported from a sand farm in the Bahamas"

    : that has got to be a wind-up :)

    Tony LindeTony Linde on Monday, 02 July 2007, 16:12 BST # |

  3. I wondered about that, first "fair trade sand", and then a "sand farm", what, are they growing sand now? At least it is grown right, and the producers are paid well (well, as well as fair trade people actually get paid in terms of the end price of whatever they grow / make).

    Hey, we're right on in Manchester, we'll steal yer handbag (or laptop or whatever), but we know where to stand on political correctness!

    Mark van HarmelenMark van Harmelen on Thursday, 05 July 2007, 00:06 BST # |

  4. The quote was from Ian Brown - I think he said it in 2005, so I guess people were listening despite the lack of decent recent record releases. Slightly disappointed we'll miss the new one, although I've been dodging giant hailstones this week. I'll bring an umbrella! 

    Josie FraserJosie Fraser on Friday, 06 July 2007, 13:46 BST # |

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