Quest 2 Learn conference in Bangalore & more

by | Monday, July 16, 2018

I just got back from a lovely few days in Bangalore. I was there to participate in the Quest 2 Learn Annual Summit organized by the Quest Alliance. Convened at the  National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), on the campus of the Indian Institute of Science, the two day conference focused on The future of work and learning. 

This was my second time participating in a conference organized by the Quest Alliance. My first time was back in 2008, which was also the first such conference organized by Quest. So it was great to back there again 10 years later. (You can learn more about my previous trip through these posts: 1, 2, and 3).

I addition to my keynote (titled The Future of Learning) I also conducted two workshops. The first, at the conference, was on the TPACK framework and the second was a 2-day affair with the staff of the Quest Alliance. The first day of the workshop focused on designing transformative learning experiences and the second on leadership and systems change.

I also had a chance to meet with some wonderful educators and people during my stay there. I was particularly impressed and inspired by Kiran Sethi founder of Riverside School and Design for Change. Below is a photo montage from my time there as well as as short movie (courtesy of Google Photos). A special thanks to Aakash Sethi, and the rest of the Quest Alliance team for a wonderful four days.

A few randomly selected blog posts…

Psychology & torture: A sad mix

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SITE 2008: A postview

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Brilliant stop motion

Just came across this on Nina Paley's blog... and it just blew me away! [youtube width="425" height="355"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_HXUhShhmY[/youtube]

Visual wit

I just stumbled upon this website of witty and original t-shirt designs. Two of my favorites are "Experimental music" (included below) and "Puzzled Putter." You can see all the designs here.

The distance education revolution

TCRecord this week features an article by Gary Natriello titled Modest Changes, Revolutionary Possibilities: Distance Learning and the Future of Education. As the abstract says In this essay, I take stock of the developments shaping distance learning and consider the...

Twittering in class, what’s the big deal?

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Walking in a straight line

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How to author 85,000 (or is it 200,000) books…

Andrea Francis just emailed me a note about Professor Phillip Parker who is the world's fastest book author. He has over the past five years over 85,000 books to his name. He is also the most eclectic. As the article says, "He has authored some 188 books related to...

New ambigrams, Mert-Demir and one more…

I recently received an email with the following request: I am an engineer living in Turkey and I am going to have my second son hopefully in April and I would love to have their names as a tattoo. However having such a special work that will remain with me for my...

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