Headed to Austin for SXSWedu

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sxswlogoThe thing I love most about conferences is the opportunity to think. I am able to break out of the box a bit, collaborate with folks from around the world, listen to some great ideas, and generate a few of my own. SXSWedu fosters these opportunities. It is one of the hottest #edtech conferences you'll find: innovation in learning abounds, and the latest startups share their new ventures. The only problem is finding a way to take in as much as you can.

This year is the first we'll be jumping from attendee to participant – a new and exciting change. Our colleague from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, Liani Yirka will be speaking about the result of the collaboration between the museum and SAS. You can catch her talk on Monday, March 9, at 5:10 p.m. in Austin Convention Center Room 15. For those of you not able to join us in Austin you can read more about the app we developed.

Additionally, I'll be participating in the inaugural SXSWedu 2015 Mentors program. This is a great opportunity to meet 1:1, hopefully with folks that I otherwise may not run into at the conference. My mentoring session is Tuesday, March 10, at 12 p.m. in Austin Convention Center Room 11AB. If you will be in Austin, you can sign up to chat here. For those not attending SXSWedu this year, look for an upcoming post following the event.

Finally, this year, in addition to talking about SAS Curriculum Pathways, edtech, innovation in education, and more, we are excited to share our new book being released just ahead of SXSWedu. Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Developers, Educators, and Learners launches March 2. You can learn more about it in this post.

If you'll be at SXSWedu, drop by one of our sessions and say hello. And you can always find us on Twitter: @SASEducator, @ScottMcQuiggan, and @LucyKosturko.

Most of all, enjoy the conference. As for that pesky #SXSWeduProblem, we'll be tweeting our notes with the #SXSWedu hashtag and session video and audio have been available following past conferences. So there is always a chance to catch the best sessions post-conference, anytime, anywhere!

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Scott McQuiggan

Scott McQuiggan leads SAS® Curriculum Pathways®, an interdisciplinary team focused on the development of no-cost educational software in the core disciplines at SAS. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2009, where his research focused on affective reasoning in intelligent game-based learning environments. His research has been published in more than 30 journal articles and refereed conference proceedings, and been recognized through several best paper nominations including Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction.

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