Well, here I am sitting in the _huge_ plenary session room in Berlin, Germany. I arrived at Online-Educa last night, the largest eLearning conference in the world. The first thing I got was a Blackboard keychain with my name on it. I wonder if it’s somehow cursed so I wont get it off my neck Seems like Blackboard is well represented here, as is Fronter (over 50% penetration in Scandinavian schools, I believe), Microsoft and IBM.
Yesterday I also visited Germany’s fastest growing Web 2.0 company, StudiVZ.net. Over 1 million users in a year. More on that later.
George Siemens opened his presentation in his usual relaxed easy going way talking 200 words in a minute. I once created a Podcast with him and he is the only one so far who I’ve never had to edit at all. Very fluent speaker.
Things are speeding up. Previously we were positively surprised to get ten emails a day, now we don’t want any email at all.
We are constantly virtualizing ourselves. With RFID and other initiatives (QR code and Thinglink comes to mind) we are creating an internet of things. To cope with the constantly shifting nature of knowledge, we collect our knowledge in our friends. We distribute what we know on a network. George says we have to get comfortable with computers being a second brain for ourselves (i.e. to utilize the possibilities of pattern recognition). We have to move from knowledge abundance to coping with knowledge.
Courses were great for fields where knowledge is stable. Unfortunately a lot of the knowledge we need and use is constantly changing. In some fields if you are doing decisions based on knowledge acquired years ago, you are in serious problems.
Some organizations go 100% LMS and a few years later go 100% away from LMS. It is clear that there is no one size fits all answer to coping with knowledge. Every company and educator needs to be constantly reflecting and changing things rather than waiting
for someone else to do those changes. We all need to be researchers.
I think George didn’t mention connectivism even once, although he did talk about things related to connectivism. It’s possible I didn’t pay enough attention but I wonder if that’s really the case, is it possible that the critisism the theory has received was one reason George did not talk about it?
Fronter fellow just announced Open Source 2.0… I also noticed Mr. Cardinali re-invented eLearning 2.0 (originally by Stephen Downes) in an article that came in my conference bag, so did Blackboard in their presentation (also saying “we have to capitalize on informal learning…”). What’s next?