The MASIE Center is exploring new models of content, delivery and collaboration for their Learning 2005 conference in Orlando on Oct. 30 – Nov. 2. They have placed their entire program in an interactive wiki.
Every session will be open for comments, extensions and even revisions
by all the participants. They are evolving the program from an agenda
publication to a dynamic needs assessment and content evolution tool.
Another feature of their conference is “Expo in a Bag – Learning BackPack.”
They’re putting CDs, DVDs, Brochures and White Papers from 75 of the
leading learning suppliers in the field and putting them in a nifty
backpack. Then, they added an on-line social networking system so that
participants could interact with suppliers and set up meeting times to
have more 1 to 1 discussions.
I have learned a bunch just looking around the site. Lots of
information about learning is provided prior to the conference.
They are conducting an intriguing experiment
in social networking. They are using a ‘Scattergram’ to create profiles
with participants background and interests in learning issues and
things they are looking for at the conference. The participants set up
their profile and choose words from 4 different tabs
Profiles are matched.to
all the different types in the system, which
typically will include not only people but also sessions and articles.
Partcipants can see all of the
things that might interest them, from people with whom they have a lot
in common to sessions matching their interests, and articles
containing knowledge that they might find fascinating.
I find this all very interesting. We need to try something along this
line with our students.How about a school conference on how you learn.
We just don’t spend much time on that in our schools. Isn’t that
bizarre? Lot of food for thought here…..