I attended as an assisting organizer a conference entitled “eLearning & Corporate Competence” at Kalastajatorppa, a Hilton hotel in Helsinki. Attendees included high-profile people from the sector of eLearning in Finland, both providers and customers. I was asked by Juha-Matti Arola from KONE corporation to work on the interactivity part of the conference, especially the learning buffet event.
Juha-Matti was also interested in possibilities of corporate blogging and for that purpose we created a blog for him. During the conference event we posted over 10 posts, one being a podcast, right from the event. In learning buffet we had George Siemens and Stephen Downes throwing a co-presentation about the changing nature of online learning. We used Skype for audio, S5 for slides, Dorgem for Webcam, CGI::IRC for chat (modified to receive mobile text messages) and some other tools to carry out a very interactive and self-organizing event.
We also had teleconferences carried out with Centra where people like Jay Cross gave presentations but my purpose was to show that all this technology is already available for everyone who wants to be a prosumer, a creator or a creative remixer in the networked world. The technology is cheap (often no-cost and/or Open Source) and available for all. The technology is able to achieve the exactly same capabilities and even more than commercial alternatives. Online collaboration is already here and not anymore a luxury of those who have the resources.
You can read all our blog reportages from Juha-Matti Arola’s blog.