Here’s what I learned over the past two days of conferencing networking and workshopping…
ConVerge is a Victorian state based Innovation Showcase and Conference that has been running for 9 years or so to celebrate and acknowledge the work of the new tribes of ‘first followers’. This term was a new one I heard during Nancy White’s session on the ups and downs, or was that upside down.
Here’s my take on that inspiring keynote:
- disruption and disjunction leads us to more engaging education and innovative access to knowledg
- AHA moments need to be increased to maintain momentum
- unlearning things can help us become competent
- do more with less – the BCF modeol – Better, Cheaper, Faster
- do the RE: thing for refreshing elearning: re-examine current learning practices; reframe your perceptions; re-ignite your passions; re-define your changes
- drop the ‘e’
- ensure portability, accessibility
- build in process not bolt on
- ensure e-learner e-skills competencies
- use a learner centred approach – seek skills needs, device needs, location preferences and provide alternatives eg workshop, induction, online, content, communication and self-directed learning
- biggest threat is relevance – ensure you have that with interactivity
- avoid the COO – chief obstruction officer (busy building bigger firewalls)
- LMS is dead, viva la revolution, move beyond
- avoid the Moodle templates from hell
- remember that social learning is what people do together, not what you make them do
- use google tools for clarity, sanity and objectivity
- the future is in the convergence in the cloud
- success factors: student friendly content; scaffolded teacher support; integrated testing
- simplify and amplify
- navigate to educate
Great to see so many of the early adopters bringing along their first followers – we have a new beginning!
Much of the above may not be new but we are now seeing these things through the lens of others to bring in a new perspective.
VIVA LA REVOLUTION
Note: if you wanna be in with the crowd – gotta have an iPad or iPhone and Tweet – for popular back channelling at live conferences.