Olivia Mitchell does a great job laying out what more and more presenters are going to face - if you're not already. You get to see the tops of heads and the clack of keyboards...IF..that is..the conference organizers have figured out some way to supply WiFi to the audience. WHICH THEY SHOULD!!!!
Now here's the thing. I figure its going to hard enough for presenters to adapt to a living, breathing back channel - like that smoke monster from LOST - but what about trainers? Teachers?
Anybody up for figuring out how a vibrant backchannel figures into instructional design?
Now I'm starting to get that the whole discussion that we're having about reconfiguring conferences is converging in my mind at least, with a larger discussion about re-designing instructional design. Look at our confernces. The issues that we are bring up - how the info is presented (lecture style) - how vapid the typical assessment is (did the speaker know what they were talking about?) - is it too far of a reach to see these criticisms applied to our classes? Our training?