I've been talking with people about our next ARIS Summit, and the good news is that there's tons of interest. I don't know how much ARIS stuff will be at Play Make Learn, and unfortunately, I can't come to that as my semester starts next week and I have a lot of duties the week before. But I bet there will still be some focus there, what with @djgagnon organizing and all. With GLS evaporating, we need to come up with something of our own, or another place(s) to colonize. I was hoping we could figure it out by the summer, but at this point I think it will just take us a bit longer to get something real together.
Want to brainstorm a bit?
Summer seems good for most people, but also for that reason tricky. Depending on place, this might change too. For instance, Albuquerque isn't too cold in the winter when many places are miserable.
I'm of course very happy to do a great deal of the planning and organization on the way to a summit. If Albuquerque would be a good destination over the summer or winter breaks for people (it's a nice place, not as central as Denver or Minneapolis, but a bit more than Madison(?)), I have mucho available space in my department for such an event. I'd like any destination to be as convenient for as many as possible, and to be able to use free, available space so we can keep things cheap.
With what else?
One of the good things about GLS is that many of us, even in very different disciplines, could argue that the conference was a professional thing, and so doing a bit extra on top for ARIS was an easy sell, and then not an additional commitment. There are some other likely centers, like CALICO or ISTE, but none I know that are as universal in applicability. We don't have to glom onto anything else, and we also don't have to have a one-size-fits all summit.
What do we do?
I guess my one concern here is that personally, I have a hard time going to from this stage to the point of saying, "Yes, this is what we're going to do!"