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ETBI Congress

ETBI Congress

I was delighted to present at the 109th annual ETBI (Education and Training Boards Ireland) which was held this year at Killashee House Hotel in Kildare, Ireland. It is always valuable to network and I wasn’t at all suprised to find educators and employers who are concerned by the same issues we currently encounter in the rest of Europe and the USA. The internet has made the world such a small place.

Internationally, awareness is rising around how a digital footprint can impact on employability. The slides I used for the presentation are here, although I have removed some of the material I used as it was licensed for live presentation only.

However, I was not prepared at all for the amount of press attention I received immediately after my presentation – I was contacted by three radio stations for interviews, but I found the first interview so nerve wracking that I couldn’t bring myself to speak to Radio Ulster or the BBC. I have already signed up for media training at work, I will hold back until after that. There were a number of national press articles about my presentation too.

There were two articles in The Independent, here and here.

This article doesn’t bear much resemblance to what I actually said, which is quite disappointing.

Interview with Mary Wilson RTE Drivetime 20/09/2013





Yesterday I attended the Jisc RSC London “eFactor, 2013 It’s all about… motivation”, Conference for the first time, it was held at the beautiful function rooms at UCL. I attended some super presentations on the great work going on in teaching and learning all over London. It was all really accessible and energising, lots of practical ideas and people happy to connect so that we could benefit from eachothers experience. I gave a presentation on Digital Professionalism and it went really well. There is lots of information on my presentation here and there are lots of photos of the event here.

There were some encouraging and entertaining Tweets about my presentation today and tonight when I got home, it is so nice to benefit from Twitter at events like this, the conversation and networking can go on, long after the presentations have finished:

Rachel Chavez: “Looking forward to hearing about King’s College’s online training programme on digital professionalism #efactor2013″

Rachel Chavez: “The best app you can invent is one that locks you out of social media when you’re drunk.” Bernadette John from King’s College #efactor2013

Leonie: “Very interesting talk on digital professionalism from @Bea_John at #efactor2013 More at”

I had lots of email and direct messages via Twitter asking for more information. The comments from the feedback forms were really encouraging too.

“E-teaching, digital professionalism, flipped classroom, ipads & education. All excellent. Very well done to the speakers and organisers.”