Welcome to the 7th International Conference on Networked Learning

The Networked Learning Conference 2010 just began. With this conference being the reason for my entire trip, it is nice that the formal conference itself has finally begun.

The venue of this large conference room in the Hotel Hvide Hus in Aalborg, Denmark. I love that in their introduction, the opening welcome panel even showed a map of Denmark, to (humorously) show the participants where we all are (partly due to the fact that this conference has until very recently been a primarily UK-based biannual event). The intro speakers included David McConnell (Glasgow Caledonian), Vivien Hodgson (Lancaster University), Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld (Aalborg University), and Thomas Ryberg (Aalborg University).

They discussed the growth of this conference in the Networked Learning area (a cross between educational technology with a communities of practice bent), how it is becoming even more international (by which they mean people from North America!), some information about the city of Aalborg and Aalborg University, as well as some conference logistics (the helpers in each of the conference rooms,  the Twitter tag #nlc2010, and some room changes).