Previous convenors Richard Smith, Garold Murray, and Naoko Aoki have all argued with the AILA Scientific Committee that our Learner Autonomy ReN is a vibrant and well-supported Research Network, however, they still required us to apply to renew our ReN status. In Jan 2015, we were notified that our application was approved, and our ReN will continue to operate until the next world congress in 2017. The approval will mean that we will be able to host a colloquium at the Rio Congress. As the time approaches, we will open the discussion on the direction and organisation of the colloquium.
Greetings all, and we hope this finds you all well, and looking forward to a break over the End of year/Christmas/New Year period, depending on where you live and what the cultural traditions are there! For the 3 current AILA ReN Convenors, Alice, Moira and Kerstin (in Australia and NZ) this means a long summer holiday, so we’ll be (hopefully) relaxing at the beach and having BBQ meals outside!!.
Since being elected, we have had a few Skype meetings and would like to keep you informed about our thoughts to date.
Previous convenors – we would like to take this opportunity to thank Naoko Aoki and Richard Smith for their dedication over the last three years. We especially thank them for consolidating resources <https://ailarenla.org/resources/> for researchers and grad students who are entering the field, and coordinating an AILA symposium that is forward looking in the research agendas of our field. We wish them all the best in their future endeavor.
Committee – would those of you holding current committee posts please let us know if you would like to continue in the role, and if anyone else out there would like to offer their services for any role – please get in touch too!!
Membership – we’d like to increase our membership numbers – so if each of you can recruit at least one more person to join our group that would be great – especially if they are from South America where the next conference is being held! It is free to join, and prospective members just need to give their name and email address to Alice (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Update your email information* – please remember to let Alice know if you (or any other member) has changed email address so we can keep in touch.
AUTO-L discussion forum – please feel free to introduce a topic for discussion on this forum, or let us know about new publications and research etc so we can all keep abreast of the latest developments – any member can initiate a discussion. It is also sometimes a good place for Masters and PhD candidates to pose questions. For members who do not wish to receive notification on a daily basis, please set your preference from JISCMail <https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/. Please note – if you do not want to be on the list any more, you can unsubscribe at the bottom of the AUTO-L email at any time. If you have problem, please contact Alice (email@example.com).
Our future plans – there is a need for updating the web site so we will work together on a suggestion in the new year and then we will contact you about this. We will also start discussions around the next AILA congress because, even if it seems long way away at the moment, we probably need to make a decision this year about themes, topics, and speakers etc.
Moira & Kerstin & Alice