Weekly roundup

Our regular summary of news in education and technology, and you can contribute. Submissions of tips and stories will be gratefully appreciated (Contact Us), and don’t forget to tell us your name and sources.

Technology

As the US prepares to end Net Neutrality; Canada strengthens theirs. Net Neutrality is an important issue. Can you imagine if some news outlets were allowed into a political news conference, whilst others are not? This is called media censorship. The US federal government has voted to end Net Neutrality, which means some companies are privileged, whilst poorer companies have their connections throttled. So, if Google pays, we can see their website, but if BBC doesn’t, access to their news becomes restricted. As website owners you also should be troubled. Coming out of Switzerland, the connection is fast and easily available to anyone else in the G20 of countries, except the US. (Source: Ars Technica)

HelloSpace.Me makes it’s own advances. We have a newly published front page and a reorganised blog. It has taken weeks of hard work from our designer to make it look great. We are now working on graphics to beautify the website even more. We hope that you’ll enjoy using the site.

Education

Professor Will Moore of Arizona State University has sadly taken his own life (Times Higher Education). The tragic loss highlights a number of issues including stress academics face in an era where attracting funding and grants trumps education and research. Professor Moore was highly regarded and respected. As THE suggest, the pressures of his field of research, the current employment and academic climate at universities seem to have contributed. Encouragingly, the THE article highlights examples of where academics have spoken out about mental health, and have been met with positive support. If you or your colleagues are under similar pressures, please find someone to talk to.

Conferences

The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions is 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

JALT Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) annual conference will be 16th to 18th June 2017, at Matsuyama University, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there. Submissions have closed. Details at JALT CALL.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions have closed. Details at BAAL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

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