@ColinSteed Thanks Colin, much appreciated. I’m all prepped for Day 2 next week. Could do with a chat with you in near the future please…
Hi Craig - thanks for another informative reflective blog. Here's what Ithought:
The virtual learning show was a good idea in general. We don't all havepotsof money available to attend meets like Learning Technologies etc. I doagreewith Niall about the outside of session networking of f2f.
I attended some sessions in whole and dipped in and out of others due towork commitments - this would work better if you could devote the day to this(and you would do if you were away at a conference so it should be nodifferent) but may find it harder when at work.
The chat was good and I loved the separate pods used for chat aboutspecific areas (e.g. private vs. public vs not for profit).
In reply to what Niall said about f2f @conferences - the networkingdid happen (unintentionally) between sessions when the chat was still openand it did happen when poor Roger was hit by connectivity issues. It was ashame that the chat closed between sessions.
I think it may work better with more sessions BUT shorter sessions (20min?)that people can drop in and out of and get 1 or 2 takeaways. I wouldleave the chat going (or if it has to close for change over then try and getpeople onto twitter).
Maybe this can be expanded outside of the show by having a show page(yammer,ning, FB - whatever) where the conversation can continue after theshow in days to come.
It was interesting to see how recognized names delivered content. Notsure if it is just me but I've heard Roger talk a few times and I love hisslides and his message but I find it hard to follow (I know this time he hadhad connectivity problems and so had to squeeze content in).
Those are my thoughts - I'll try day 2!
Interesting that precisely because this is an online conference, I prioritised other 'day job' work instead, and chose to dip in and out of the #twitter #backchannel, in the sure knoweldge that others would be sharing their key takeaways during and after the sessions - your blog being a great example Craig. Not sure I could/would attend a full day online like this, as part of the attraction of f2f attendance at confernces is the 'out of session' networking opportunities and resulting conversations over coffee, lunch etc. and that's a key element that's missing for me here. I'm probably going to create a #Storify of the Virtual Learning Show for my own reflective benefit, and to share with any others who are interested. Will you be doing Day Two next week and blogging again?