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Elluminate vs. Networked Learning Conference

Disclaimer: I am an Elluminate Community Partner. Which means that I may be slightly biased :) .

On Friday, Jenny, Roy, and John presented their research paper on the Ideals and Reality of Participating in a Massively Open Online Course (.pdf). The paper was delivered at the Networked Learning Conference in May. The recording of the Elluminate session is available here (a few audio problems in the first few minutes). It was a great session – both the presentation and the discussion.

Following the event, Jenny posted a few thoughts on the difference between presenting in Elluminate vs. presenting at a traditional conference:

It’s ironic that I spent over £1000 of my own money getting myself to the Networked Learning Conference where we had just 20 minutes to present our paper, were allowed time for only one question, where the session was attended by less than half the people in yesterday’s Elluminate session and where there was no follow up discussion ….. and yet yesterday for the Elluminate session, I could sit in the comfort of my own home, with a cup of coffee, seated in a comfortable chair, incurring no additional expense and discuss our research with 40 people!


  1. I agree that it’s easier and more cost effective to stay home and present, but the face-to-face part of spontaneous networking and unexpected session attendance makes the cost very worthwhile.

    Monday, July 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  2. Alan Levine wrote:

    Don’t forget the added advantage in presenting at home of being able to wear bunny slippers (or whatever casual wear suits you).

    Regarding Gjoa’s comment (howdy!) I don;t see it as mutually exclusive activities- there are values, advantages, and disadvantages to both modes of presentation/participation, and I hesitate to make a broad conclusion about the benefits.

    Life is full of tradeoffs, F2F or online.

    Monday, July 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Permalink
  3. Thank you George for helping us in organising the event and I greatly enjoyed the session too, with plenty of discussion and food for thoughts. I greatly appreciate your questions and responses, and have now invited everyone on Ning and Facebook group to continue discussion on MOOC and other items of interest.
    I haven’t got the luxury to attend the face to face Conference as it could cost more than Aust $11,000 if I were to attend. Even if I were to travel with a special airlines, it could still cost me a total of $5,000 plus, out of my own expenses. So, sitting at home (with 2 computers) and enjoying the sharing (with Jenny presenting) really saved a lot. I agree however that there are great values too in attending conference face to face, where we could meet each others. Last year, I met Stephen Downes whilst he was presenting in University of Wollongong, and he was the only one in CCK08, CCK09, and MOOC that I have met. What costed me was the driving time (around 170 km return) and the attendance. So, I hope I would be able to meet you and others of CCK08, 09 some other time in future. Surely, I am planning to conduct some more researches in Connectivism, and presenting in future forum, if I have the got any further resources support.

    Monday, July 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
  4. I am planning to conduct some more researches on Connectivism, so as to write a few more papers, and present in future conference or Workshops. I hope there could be some ways of getting research support if possible. This include research on CCK09. Do you have any ideas about that?

    Monday, July 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink