AS AN EDUCATION professional, well-orchestrated events like EdTech 2006 appeal to me. Anyone who attends one of the annual ILTA conferences leaves with their head feeling like a sponge. I did too so to drain out the excess information, I write lists that capture 10 notable things about the event. I took away more than 10 things from the two-day EdTech 2006 but these 10 bubbled onto my notepad quicker than others.
1. I noticed a low incidence of the visual imperative. Maybe that's a reflection of minimalism in presentation. Most slides offered straight text which meant you could read along or read ahead. Few presenters let their visuals tell stories.
2. Too few attend the annual EdTech conference. Ireland's Higher Education Authority should seriously consider providing some kind of major incentive to ensure large groups of representatives attend from all the third level institutions in Ireland. This year, I think the DIT contingent brought the most. I have to check the attendance listing but I know the DIT pack looked to fill the biggest tables at all the events.
3. The groundhogs depend upon face-to-face events in order to explore potential collaboration. I'm interested in watching the National Digital Library Resource to see if that virtual archive sparks collaboration in higher education.
4. More than 10% of attendees at EdTech 2006 think the virtual learning environment has come off the boil.
5. The first Irish university to exploit YouTube will receive a gratuitous splash in the national media.
6. Who is afraid of Bebo? Or RateMyTeachers?
7. EdTech showed me perfect shoestring solutions to training needs. That alone justified traveling 15 hours, spending more than two work days listening to presentations, exchanging updates with colleagues from years past and taking pitches from exhibitors.
8. The journal tasks that I give to my third level students need to incorporate action-learning records.
9. There are proven methods of building communities without relying on synchronous communications.
10. The letter "e" in "e-learning" means "enhanced" which won't occur if students are not enabled.