I am at Online Educa Berlin this week. A conversation with another conference participants crystallised in my mind the three types of conferences I prefer:
- Conferences which cover a broad variety of research domains within my research field, Learning Sciences. A key conference exemplifying this category for me is the biannual conference of the European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI).
- Conferences which bring together a variety of sectors and organisations – universities or other public sector organisations and the industry, research centers and publishers, etc. Online Educa Berlin (OEB) is an example of this type of conference.
- Conferences focused on my particular research area (Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning). Typical conferences in this category are EARLI Professional Learning SIG, Researching Work and Learning (RWL), EDMEDIA.