I’m sitting in a session at ED-MEDIA 2007 in Vancouver. Last few days have been somewhat interesting –a few good sessions with too many droning sessions. I’m dismayed at how much the conference appears to reflect one-way discussions. No conference blog. Or wiki. Or tags. No opportunity to extend conversations beyond the conference. No pre-conference podcasts. And no indication of post-conference follow up. The “physical only” approach to conferences is just not acceptable anymore. (See Tony Karrer’s discussion on the topic of improving conferences)
On the opening day, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel with Scott Wilson, Sebastien Fiedler (thanks for organizing the session!), Brian Lamb, Rob Fitzgerald, and Kai Pada on Getting Beyond Centralized Technologies in Higher Education (Brian has a summary of the session and audio).
Terry Anderson delivered the keynote today on Social Software 2.0 (slidshare link). He’s continuing to refine (with Jon Dron) the notion of “groups, networks, and collectives”.