The Moma is featuring an online exhibition from the photographer Jeff Wall. His photographs combine excellent texture and form to capture attention-grabbing aspects of the ordinary and mundane. The web exhibition also incorporates an effective click to enlarge feature, which allows the user to ‘zoom’ in the photograph and explore, which is pretty cool.
A few highlights…
Brave New World
Cecily Sommers put on an amazing presentation on current and future world realities. Her combination of stimulating questions and compelling examples really moved me. Essentially, we need to look within ourselves to understand where we are and where we, not want, but must be. I really dig her philosophy.
Here is a quote that really stuck-
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.”
eLearning 3.0, or vLearning or 3DLearning
Wow, this session blew me away. A techie dentist named Ovi Ciobanu presented case examples of using 3D scanning / rendering to generate reusable 3D objects, which can be embedded in Acrobat PDF. With Ellen Wagner of Adobe as a co-presenter, Ovi showed how he uses this technique to teach dentistry. Talk about effective learning and short development time. I never thought tooth fillings could look so fun.
Build Your Own Webinar
Matt Lisle from Peacehealth put on amazing presentation on utilizing totally FREE tools to build a full functioning webinar. Widgets included a slide show presenter, polls, video, VOIP, chat and share files. Even though it was the last session, on the last day of the conference, people were totally into Matt’s session. In fact folks wanted to stay afterwards to discuss more. Nice job Matt!
The conference was so much fun and I look forward to keeping in touch with all the new people I met.
A few highlights…
With a good night’s sleep, a fresh cup of hotel coffee, and a few paper cuts from the night before from sorting photo images for one of my presentation exercises, I grabbed a muffin and sat down for another keynote speaker.
Peter de Jager presented an enlightening and eye opening presentation on Change Management. He opted to not stand on the stage or use any presentation slides. With a strongly projected voice, and a single-page handout he proceeded to go through misconceptions and obvious truths of change management. Essentially, the first step is understanding that denial and resistance is expected and okay and the collective group must WANT to adopt the change (e.g. a bottom-up approach). With rapid technology change and slower process change, it was refreshing to absorb his perspective.
Stump the Captivate Experts
***Thanks to the folks who attended my session on incorporating best practices of art, photography and film to informal learning. It was cool discussing different grid and storyboard approaches during the exercises and I really appreciated the discussion during and after the presentation. It was a lot of fun. A special thanks to Silke for checking it out as well!!!
I also had the pleasure of attending a beer tasting with such great minds as Jay Cross, Tony Karrer, Silke Fleischer, Mark Oehlert, Brent Schlenker, Stephen Downes, Judy Brown, Clive Shepherd, Lance Dublin, Tom Crawford, Mark Prasatik and more.
I just got back from eLearning Guild Annual Gathering in Boston and had a totally amazing time. I caught a bunch of excellent presenters, including eLearning guru Tony Karrer, as well as a panel discussion including Silke Fleischer from Adobe Captivate and Jay Cross of Internet Time.
Also, I was totally engaged, inspired and a little frightened by the key note speaker, Henry Jenkins, who is the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. He examined the convergence of media and how borders are blurring between audience, content and producers. One of his examples was the television show American Idol. Does this mean I will have to start watching TV, yikes!!! I bought his latest book, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and read about halfway on the flight home.
Applying game theory to eLearning
Jeff Johannigman gave an excellent background of the who, what, where, why and how behind gaming from theory to application.
***I also had the pleasure of talking to Mark Oehlert, who is another passionate gamer, with so many progressive and relevant ideas.