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Virtually Connecting at ELI2017 with leadership from the New Media Consortium (NMC).
Pictured: Virtual Buddy Joe Murphy, Advisory Buddy Kyle Johnson, and NMC Executive Director Eden Dahlstrom.
Photo Credit CC-BY Autumm Caines

What We've Been Up To

Our community has been very busy since we last reached out to you. In just the last few weeks we have had eleven conversations between three different edtech conferences and VConnecting ePatients. A bunch of us also sat on a panel discussion about Networked Scholarship. Details and highlights are below:

~ We were at the Winter Symposium on Digital Literacy in Higher Education on January 13th

We had some great conversations from this wonderful conference in Rhode Island USA where we were also asked to sit on a panel discussion on Networked Scholarship. Big thanks to Mia Zamora and Sandra Markus for putting things together onsite and Helen DeWaard and Apostolos Koutropoulos (AK) for helping out virtually.

At the last minute we pulled off two hangouts at Educon January 27th-29th

This one was not planned but we did have several people from our community going and with our spontaneous nature it all came together.

There are a few notable things from this conference as we had opportunities to meet with Jose Vilson the founder of EduColor for the first time and to speak to undergraduate students of our Advisory Buddy Chris Gilliard who were presenting at the conference.  Chris ended up publishing a great post reflecting on the conference, student voice, and the US executive order on immigration which we have republished on the Virtually Connecting site. We highlighted this great conversation with students by our choice of banner for this newsletter.

Then Feburary 13th-16th we were at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)

This was a big one! We had five VConnecting sessions at ELI with many first time onsite guests and virtual participants including Flower Darby, John Doherty, Kelvin Bentley, Louis Brooks, Jennifer Spohrer and others - check out the link for all the details. Big thanks to Joe Murphy for being our onsite coordinator buddy for the whole conference. Also big thanks to ELI for partnering with VConnecting to support our work at the conference.

~ We also had two amazing ePatient conversations around ePatient Health Literacies and the impact of changes to the Affordable Care Act in the US.
What's Next?

We have several conferences coming up in the next few months. With the spontaneous nature of our volunteer movement events can pop up or fall through from time to time but this is what we are planning for right now:

If you would like to join as a "buddy" to help with planning and organizing for any of these events look for a channel on Slack corresponding to the events below. If you are not on Slack yet then this is probably your first time expressing interest in organizing so fill out this form to let us know your interests. Being a buddy is a great way to make connections.

If you would like to participate in any of these events but don’t have time to help with organizing that is okay too - just keep your eyes peeled for our blog posts announcing the times of our sessions as the dates approach. It is always free to participate with us.

Notable Projects by VC Buddies
~ Sundi Richard and Autumm Caines are putting together a Twitter Chat around digital citizenship on Friday February 24th at 2pm EST/1pmCST using hashtag #DigCiz. This is following the workshop in digital citizenship in the liberal arts that they delivered during the ELI conference. Please join in on this great conversation about citizenship in a digital world.

~ Join Maha Bali and Sue Erickson March 5th-11th as they facilitate a week of #OpenLearning17. There will be some overlap with VC hangouts from OEGlobal and one additional hangout as well as asynchronous activities on the topic of Open Access. 

~ How can contemporary citizens learn to navigate information abundance? Advisory Buddy Bonnie Stewart is trying to answer that question. Antigonish 2.0 is a project about community capacity-building through a lens of citizenship and media literacy. This graphic explains the structure of the community and has more information about getting involved. You can find more details about the plan in her latest blog post.
Yours Virtually,

The Virtually Connecting Team

This newsletter was prepared by Autumm Caines with feedback from the Virtually Connecting community
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