So I'm doing a couple of things at DevLearn 2009 this year. I'm doing a pre-con workshop on Social Media and Learning and we're also doing a Social Learning Camp that will run throughout the conference. Of course I want to use Social Media to develop the ideas, themes and focal points for these events and I've always found that you can't really learn if something will work unless you actually try to use it for something - so here goes.
I always liked using post-it notes and whiteboards (I know, how very 0.5 of me) for general organization of something so I like this metaphor that PinDax is using.The image you hopefully see below is a live view of the PinDax board I'm using to organize thoughts for DevLearn. The full board is here. It's not perfect - I want to be able to edit notes once they are posted and I want some way to export the whole thing to my desktop for an archive - but the price is right and I think its got some good functionality.
I've checked with a couple of folks and while you should be able to view the site without signing up, you need to sign in to be able to leave a note- should take a few seconds - pls let me know if there are any problems. Anyway, once you are signed up, please feel free to add, move, comment, etc - there is also a synchronous chat app so we might check that out - but I do believe that We are better then Me at putting something like together and would love and value your input.
Thanks and Happy Posting!
So when have you ever paid a couple hundred dollar registration fee to hang out in a fairly intimate setting with the likes of Will Wright, Brenda Brathwaite, and Vint Cerf not to EVEN mention hanging with the likes of @rasebastian, @mrch0mp3ers, @oxala75, @busynessgirll, @quinnovator, @peterasmith, @mkfrie, @koreenolbrish, @smartinx, @RVAfoodie, @spydeesense and @wwickha1? (sorry if I am missing people - and I know I am)
Well the Innovations in e-Learning conference really delivered. Super awesome shout out to @chrisstjohn for his UNBELIEVABLE work in getting truly world-class speakers. The Twitter back channel was also in full effect and be sure to check out #iel09 for the archive of tweets.
There are a number of really good blog posts already summarizing the conference and I'll link to those below, I did want to pass along some of my general impressions though:
So that's it, a great conference for not a lot of money, great conversations (still ongoing) and some amazing interactions with people you never think you're going to meet (did you know Will Wright and I are both from Atlanta?). Well done DAU and well done GMU.
Blog posts (please help me and add others in the comments):Meeting your Idols
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?
So there is a wonderful conversation getting underway at Spaces of Interaction: An Online Conversation about Improving Traditional Conferences. As someone who goes to a lot of conferences, this really interests me. As part of looking around on that topic, I found this article about Webstock 2009, a conference that just wrapped up in Wellington, NZ.
The post that caught my eye was one in which people were putting together the business case for attending the conference. I thought they had some nice ideas like (Oh, and keep in mind that my comments aren't directed at Webstock, which I assume is awesome but rather at us in the learning/training field and our conferences):
So what do you think? Any hope of changing conferences at a genetic level? What would it take?
So I just got back from ASTD's Tech Knowledge 2009 in guess where? The usual suspects did their usual great jobs (Brent Schlenker, Tony Karrer, Michelle Lentz) - I'm not trying to slight any other speakers - just don't want to name the whole program. (FYI - I did upload my slides here.) (Double FYI - You can also look at the slides for the ILS Design Challenge that I mentioned here).
I also think that Linda David at ASTD is probably one of the hardest workers in this industry and that Bob Mosher, et al served bravely on the conference committee. ASTD also stepped up and took a brave swing at extending the actual conference by having an ASTD Virtual Conference .
That's actually further than a lot of conferences go. They also had Michelle Lentz (@writetechnology) pushing hard for a Twitter presence for the conference. You can go here and check out the associated Tweets.
I am also excited about the upcoming eLearning Guild's Annual Gathering and Game Developers Conference - both of which have been tremendously valuable experiences in the past and both of which I assume will be greatly valuable this year as well. I think I am just really beginning to want more out of my conferences. Here's a short list:
Let's see that's all for now...so kudos to ASTD and eLearning Guild and GDC for doing some really hard work to pull off these incredibly complicated logistical events...I just want it all.
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Just wanted to let everyone know, so you can all run out and sign up now! now! now! - that Brent Schlenker and I are doing an eLearning Guild Summer Seminar Series that is focused on all things "2.0" and how they can be used to create powerful ,collaborative, learning environments. An outline for our session is available here - but I should also point out that Clark Quinn and Jeff Johannigman are doing their session on serious games aka Immersive Learning Simulations, immediately following ours - so stay for both!
(DevLearn Link) ...c'mon, San Jose, great sessions, Tim O'Reilly is keynoting...that dude invented "Web 2.0".. :-) ...what more do ya want?
"we do the research after the game is finished"... it ever gets out that this is educational sales will drop by half..."find the fun"....what are the interesting decisions that you have to make in any given domain/situation, re cheat codes-don't like them, I've failed as a game designer if you want to play some other game and not mine...