Nashrawan Taha reflects on participating in the 7th International conference on Network Learning [http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/]
"The conference was held in a small city in Denmark, Aalborg. It was a very good experience for me to participate in such a prestigious conference and to have had the chance to meet the leaders of the field, such as Caroline Haythornthwaite and also Etienne Wenger, who was the keynote speaker. My presentation was in the first session of the conference and I was the first one to present! I was really glad that Caroline Haythornthwaite, on whose work mine is based, was presenting her paper at the same session as me. I was overwhelmed to have the chance to meet her and discuss with her my research and get her comments and suggestions on my work. On the second day of the conference, I met Wenger and discussed with him few things about his theory (communities of pratice). It was a great honour for me to talk with these famous people in the field and get their feedback! Previously, they were only references on my bookshelf, and having the chance to ask them my questions and get their comments, was a dream that came true for me. I personally, encourage PhD students to participate in conferences that are related to their work. In my opinion it is very beneficial in giving us confidence and helping us to improve our work further."
"I would like to thank the Department of Information Studies, for their generous support to grant me the PhD Student Research Excellence Travel Award, which helped me to participate in this great conference."