January’s Learning Technologies 2011 Conference was a pleasure to chair and a great success.
We had a record number of visitors attending the four tracks over two days, with marvellous key notes from Roger Schank, Jonathan Margolis and Mike Campbell and great presentations from our wide range of other speakers.
It isn’t possible for anyone to visit all the sessions during the conference, so the video archive that we create on the Learning and Skills Group proves invaluable each year.
How does the archive work?
Steve Wheeler of the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth got caught in some cross-fire recently when following the NAACE Annual Strategic Conference on Twitter. Should we continue to use the term ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) in teaching? Should we even teach it as a separate subject?
The argument went back and forth and is well summarized on Steve’s blog: Stop Calling it ICT!
My take? I have thought for a long time that we put too much stress on the technology we use in learning and not enough on the learning. That was one of the drivers behind the re-branding of the Learning Technologies Conference earlier this year – after 10 years we reduced the word ‘Technologies’ to the same size as ‘Learning’. Give us another decade, who knows what might happen?
If in the educational sector ‘ICT’ may be becoming redundant as a term, what about ‘e-learning’? Time to ditch it for general use, I reckon.
Within the learning technology space it make sense and we have some idea what it means. Outside that space the connotations of the term ‘e-learning’ are largely negative and outdated. See my article from 2007: It’s time to drop e-learning.
Recordings of the presentations from the Learning Technologies 2010 Conference are now online at the Learning and Skills Group (membership is free – you just have to be active in workplace learning and development).
When I say ‘recordings’, there are 5 different ways to access the presentations:
- Video of presenter plus slides played through a browser
- Video MP4 files to download and watch
- Audio MP3 files to download and listen to
- MP4B ‘Enhanced podcast’ files that show slides while you hear the presenter’s voice
- PDFs of slide decks
Our thanks go to Steve Clee and the team at Datpresenter for producing this invaluable resource, and for porting six years of previous Learning Technologies conference presentations over to the new viewer, which now features over 200 presentations delivered since 2004.
We try to make each Learning Technologies Conference better than the previous year’s. This year is no exception, and I’m proud to say that this 11th conference should be our best ever.
We have great speakers including Lord Puttnam, Josh Bersin and Prof. Heppell, a fourth track – new this year – and a great programme of over 30 presentations.
Most importantly, though, is this: despite the economic situation, despite the pressure that Learning and Development finds itself under, we have a great community of delegates signed up for the event.
How do I know this? Simple – I spent some of yesterday examining the delegate list.