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Intergalactic Islands of Innovation 2023

The Intergalactic Islands of Innovation event was held on 9, 10 and 11 May 2023.

The Event

Get ready for another pedagogical adventure with Islands of Innovation 2023 hosted by the University of Liverpool and CIE. This year, Islands of Innovation was an intergalactic adventure where educators, educational developers and learning technologists from all over the world went beyond the stars into a galaxy far far away.

Building on the triumph of the 2022 conference, we are proud to host three unique synchronous events across three consecutive days, with one to suit your time zone. Get ready to blast off as we take Islands of Innovation … into space!

Join forces with a diverse crew to plan a space mission on the day. Unleash your creativity, teamwork and imagination and get ready for an intergalactic journey like no other!

The festival aims to connect participants across the globe to share educational innovations and co-create an imagined future of education. Our free remote event was hosted on the immersive online networking platform, SpatialChat for the second year in a row.

The resources and outputs are available on our Islands of Innovation 2022 webpage, as well as testimonials from the participants and links to the projects completed by each group. You can explore these by using the navigation menus on this page.

Attendees were sent an interactive ‘treasure hunt’ to familiarise themselves with the SpatialChat before taking part in the event, then across each 2.5 hour event participants were involved in:

  • An ice-breaker activity to bring together your team's diversity of background, culture, and experience
  • A collaborative task - where you will choose and design pedagogies, tools, and support to aid your mission
  • A problem-solving exploration of educational themes and real-world issues
  • The chance to showcase your team's progress as an engaging digital narrative
  • A final gathering for groups to wind-down and make connections, plus share their final thoughts

Members of the Organising Committee (also known as Islanders)

Alice Kim Becky Atkinson Charlie Reis
Chris Loxham David Watson Dawne Irving-Bell
Erika Smith Joel Haddley Nokuthula Tlalajoe-Mokhatla
Mary Jacob Natasha Taylor Phindile Shangase
Rob Lindsay Tunde Varga-Atkins Vicki Dale
Virni Rossi Yu (Lissy) Wang Charlotte Stevens
Aga M. Buckley Olivia Yiqun Sun Yan (Wei) Wei
Gustavo Espinoza Ramos    

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