Going Dutch – all things video at DIVERSE2008

The beginning of July 2008 found me in Haarlem, Holland for the DIVERSE2008 conference. Having been to DIVERSE2006 (at Glasgow Caledonian), I knew the title was an acronym, but whenever I’d been asked what it stood for I replied “I’m not sure, but I do know that the V is for Video and one of the Es is for Education”. It turns out that although I had the gist of it, even this info was inaccurate – DIVERSE stands for Developing Innovative Visual Educational Resources for Students Everywhere, another entry in the pantheon of contrived and convulated names!

I do like the DIVERSE crowd – their backgrounds are as varied as the acronym implies (although Dutch and English are the predominant nationalities). What the delegates have in common is an interest in the use of video technologies in education. Applications can be quite varied; there’s a strong video-conferencing strand (which isn’t really my thing) but I picked up sessions in all four of the parallel themes: pedagogy and assessment; tools and content orientated applications; projects and cases – implementation and sustainability; and people and technology – societal aspects. This year’s event included a demonstration of a live cello masterclass with the instructor in Holland teaching a pupil in America via Internet2, a high-quality connection.

 cello masterclass conducted over internet

Live cello masterclass conducted over Internet2

As befits a video-centred conference, all of the presentations from the event are now available online. I have also added a draft of Sharing the vision: exploiting Web 2.0 technologies in promoting the use of multimedia in bioethics education, the paper I submitted for the Proceedings booklet.

Although the conference was hosted at InHolland University of Applied Sciences in Haarlem, the accommodation was a short train-ride away in the seaside town of Zandoort. If you are thinking Rotterdam, think again; Zandoort has a great beach (no, really) and we were blessed with fantastic weather for the conference dinner at Skyline 13, the Australian Beachbar.

conference dinner at the beach

Conference dinner at the beach

DIVERSE2009 will take place in Aberystwyth between June 24th and 26th, and the following year will be in Portland, Maine.
hard to believe it's Holland! 

Not sure Aberyswyth will look like this (mind you, it's hard to believe that's Holland!)


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