Edmedia 2.0? maybe Edmedia 1.45…


I’m at the Edmedia conference in Vienna. It’s abit of a contrast to the LAMS conference last week which was small and focussed around a particular topic  - although it was one of my favourite topics it has to be said! Edmedia is of course one of the giants of the e-learning circuit – with over 1000 delegates and an impressive range of topics on e-learning research and development activities. I’m on the programme committee and we are trying this year to introduce more web 2.0 activities alongside the face to face event (not before time it’s fair to say).


George Siemens has been our ringleader but sadly can’t be at the conference - we know you are with us in spirit virtually George! We have set up a twitter stream and also if people use #edmedia08 in their tweets they will be aggregated at http://twemes.com/edmedia08. We’ve got a blog set up, although it’s not very active so far, and are looking into setting up a blog aggregator feed. Not rocket science you might say, all standard stuff for those of you who live and breath this sort of thing as standard [Martin you know it’s true - just admit it], but there are still a lot of people out there not yet into this stuff – so getting them on board at a conference like Edmedia is good. As many others have said before you really have to experience these tools first hand in order 


to ‘get them’. It will be interesting to see how well this works and what the two camps of existing web 2.0′ers and newbies make of it. What do people new to blogs, twitter etc think? Do they find these additions useful or not? What about ‘web 2.0-lags’, those who live and breath this sort of stuff, will they find this all a bit basic and simplistic? I did contemplate suggesting a ning site – but perhaps that’s a step to far for now. All of this again makes me reflect on the purpose of a conference. I didn’t manage to get to any sessions, apart from the keynote today – which was a shame, but on the otherhand I had lots of good chats with people, catching up with old friends, meeting some new people, discussing the finalising of the symposium the Cluster C HE Academy pathfinder projects are giving on Thursday. The Reading lot have already blogged a little about it. Even got invited to submit a paper for a journal which is great! So overall actually a productive day. Note to self ‘I must go to some sessions tomorrow and not get distracting chit chatting’. PS the quest to convert all to twitterdom continues! J



Statue of Gutenberg which seems rather appropriate

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    […] Edmedia 2.0? maybe Edmedia 1.45… …old friends, meeting some new people, discussing the finalising of the symposium the Cluster C HE Academy pathfinder projects are giving on… […]

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