Friday, June 08, 2007

Future of Education Conference 07

George Siemens and his compatriots at the U of Mnitoba are doing an excellent job in running another virtual conference - The Future of Education includes a number of insightful presenters (via elluminate) and the ongoing discussion among the attendees on the sessions Moodle site and a link to all resources through a Pageflakes Portal I've missed most of the live sessions but have been taking part in much of the discussions (because the presentations are available via the podcast feed I can bone up pretty fast) . George has done a great job.... some thoughts: suggestions:

1. You would think that on-line conferences can be more easily accessed than face to face BUT only if you allot your time and close your door (if you have one) otherwise work demands seep in...
2. interesting how the text dialogue in Elluminate sometimes takes a different series of routes than the actual presentation being made. Listening in and taking part in the text chat is a great study in multiple modalities - more of the continuous partial attention
3. Moodle is a nice tool, but it is an LMS - I'd like to see Elgg used
4. Elluminate recordings - force you on a path through the whole recorded presentation - I like to speed up, slow down, pick a slide - no can do. Give me the freedom...

Commenst aside this was another great educational experience - another opportunity to share perceptions and experience and move towards change...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The publishing feature at Pageflakes really makes it easy to collect and present a large number of feeds and other useful tools (e.g. the grade tracker which is my personal favorite). I wonder why something like this has not been developed before. It's so obvious that teachers and students deal with large amounts of documents... and today the RSS feature simplifies the aggregation of those.

Mark

beth said...

Hi Michael,

Just a note to let you know that Elluminate Live! V8, which will launch at NECC on June 24, has indexed recordings. So now you can have the freedom you want when viewing a recording.

- Beth, Elluminate Goddess of Communication