Educause 2011

I like conferences. As long as they are within driving distance. That’s why this October, I got to attend Educase 2011…The “Big” Conference. It was big; but not as big as the ISTE Conference that I attended in Philadelphia in June. But I digress.

This is just a quick rundown of my thoughts.

Keynote Speaker: Seth Godin

Godin said, regarding the future of education, that people actually need to learn something when they go to school. They need to work on projects and be on teams. “Everyone owns the factory, now.”

Currently, Facebook has 700 million people using it for free. People connect around ideas. They don’t have to go anywhere to do it. It’s all online. That’s not to say we don’t need face-to-face or conferences. We do, but learning can occur online.

When dealing with people, you give them gifts, not favors. You must lead; not manage–even if you are not sure how to get where you need to lead.

You don’t have a job. You have a platform. A platform to fail; to make connections; to have a chance of a lifetime. To make ART. Make art. Make connections. Do work that matters. Make changes, have passion, and tell jokes.

Online education should be scalable and some of it will be free. The future is 90% groups working together. 10% is lecture.

Integrating BiblioBouts to Teach Information Literacy

Very cool session. BiblioBouts is a literacy game consisting of three levels. It helps students learn the process of finding high-quality resources using library databases and other reference information and culminates with them having a repository of high quality resource material.  Work is being done which allows it to integrate with numerous LMSs, including Drupal!

DIY U: Edupunks and the Future of Higher Ed

Along the same lines as Godin. Education is open. Portfolios is where it is at. For example, the Behance network. People are ranked by their peers. There is an open badges movement where people get badges that are portable. 73% of learning takes place beyond formal learning.

Engaging Learners Across Time and Space: Models for Distance Learning

  • Students want access to LMS in every course, regardless if it is resident or distance.
  • Chico State – rubric for online courses
  • SUNY uses front-loaded/flipped courses

The iPad: Implications for H.E.

Blended Online Learning

IT Architects

danah boyd

APPocolypse now

Assessing for Deeper Learning




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