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ED-Media 2007

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”.

4 Comments

  1. Tony Karrer wrote:

    George – I hope you’ll weigh in on recommendations for conferences.

    Friday, June 29, 2007 at 8:07 am | Permalink
  2. Raj wrote:

    Talk to Gary Marks – or tell the ladies at registration and there is a good chance that you’ll get the ear of the organizers quickly.

    AACE already has some of the web2.0 bits for SITTE, but eLearn and EDMEDIA seem to be lagging.

    Friday, June 29, 2007 at 10:05 am | Permalink
  3. Jon Husband wrote:

    George, it was great to meet you when you were in vancouver, and it’s too bad that we only had half an hour to get acquainted. Hopefully we will find more opportunities, given we are in the same country.

    And it was even more fun to find out that you have met my good friend Rene Barsalo.

    Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
  4. Hi Jon – yes, it was a pleasure chatting. And, as you state, given that we are in the same country, our paths should cross more often than they have in the past :) .
    Take care
    George

    Monday, July 9, 2007 at 4:41 am | Permalink