Online Learning at Critical Point?

16 11 2011

We seem to be at a critical point in distance learning. With the implementations of open source and commercial tools, student privacy issues, administrative flip-flopping, and to top it off legal directives, where are we headed? Oh, don’t forget open education and digital badges too. ALOT will be happening in this mode of education in the next 2-5 years. We will see a number of changes in the aforementioned, certainly. So, how do we move forward?

  1. Stay on top of the legal issues!
  2. Benchmark, benchmark, benchmark.
  3. Keep your finger on the administrative pulse.
  4. Read your top 3 journals religiously.
  5. Keep learning. (this really is tied with #1.)
  6. Collaborate with your peers and colleagues.




The Backchannel

19 01 2010

slide rocket sponsored a webinar today with Cliff Atkinson about the backchannel that occurs during presentations. The backchannel that Cliff focused on is the use of Twitter and how it can inform the speaker of the status of her presentation.

Atkinson has two books which I have not read, but am interested in

beyond bullet points

Beyond Bullet Points

The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever

Cliff opened today’s presentation with every speaker’s nightmare about getting negative tweets like “this presentation sucks!” and such. However, as with most technology today, we must find a way to deal with its appearance into “this modern life.” Cliff’s suggestion is to embrace and acknowledge your audience letting them know that you are “on” in Twitter.

Perhaps even use Twitter as a pre-conference survey tool. A “What can I do for you” prior to even showing up. Good idea I think. As Cliff said, acknowledging this side of the backchannel can sort of disarm people and keep “snarky” remarks at a minimum if people know you are going to be reading the posts.

On your first presentation slide add your conference hashtag and your Twitter account information. Take Twitter Q and A breaks. Provide backup material links via Twitter.

Also, as many of you already know, remember to add your twitter account, blog, etc. to your business cards and signature lines.

Welcome to 21st Century Teaching, Learning, Presenting!





Career Development

2 12 2008

Staying current: http://www.oreillyschool.com/career/