There’s been a lot happening and I am still blogging … just not here.
The SPTF Report (Draft) has been sent off to the Executive Board. The group made 40 recommendations on strategic direction, questions for future study, membership, and convention. It’s been a long year’s work and I’m anxious to see what comes of it. We’ll be posting the draft over on Terra Incognita when it has become finalized.
A few weeks ago, I started teaching my online teaching course. It was my first time using a Moodle and I gotta say, I’m torn. On the one hand, it’s kinda nice having the space where people can go — use the wiki, find resource materials, etc — but it’s WAY too “classlike.” I need to think about this. The class has been using EduBlogs, and it’s been working GREAT up to last week when EduBlogs RSS feeds all went west. I’m hoping James gets back from vacation and fixes them this week. I’ve really tried to help the students create a personal learning space by having them put a couple of tools together in ways that make sense for them. I can’t say as I’m feeling all that successful across the board, but it HAS been interesting.
And, like I need another hobby, I’ve been building a computer. It’s one of those projects that keeps my brain engaged in odd ways that still relate to my main work. I want to be able to record the few TV programs I really like, play DVDs, and watch anime from optical disks. It should work on an infrared remote like my TV and actually use the TV as primary output. I needed so solve problems with wireless networking on 802.11g, infrared control of a headless server, and video capture and recording.
I’ve been documenting my progress using Dave Winer’s OPML Editor and blog server. This tool is pretty interesting from a “I need to write something fast and dirty and get back to work” point of view. Anybody who reads Scripting News is familiar with the format. This is a darn interesting tool for the “journal” blog.
Orlando is about 10 days away (tag aect2005). I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, making some new ones, and thinking about the conversations we need to be having about the purposes of a Professional Organization.
First a disclaimer: A lot of people will LOVE this place because it’s in DisneyWorld. I am not one of those people. I can’t afford to go early, nor stay late. I’m not allowed by University travel regulations to visit the attractions — even assuming I could afford to — while the conference is underway (this includes, btw, evenings when there are no programs running). I appreciate that other institutions lack the draconian levels of paranoia we have at my place, but that’s why this is a disclaimer.
This post is intended to help answer the question, “How can we get the most out of this experience?”
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My paper on using blogs as content management system was accepted for AECT 2005 Orlando. I’m posting this less-than-earth-shattering news not so much to brag as to get some traction in the aect2005 Technorati tag.
Come on people. I know it’s PIDT weekend up in the Rockies, but what do we need to start talking about for Orlando?
Alan Levine has a GREAT post that sums up my thinking about the conference
cogdogblog: I’m Bored As Hell And I;m Not Gonna ……. zzzzz
I’m ready to take a pass on future conferences that are built on the successful formulas of the 1970s. After all, we are not still wearing leisure suits and big bouffant hair-dos.
The Strategic Task Force has been struggling with this idea of lecture as the primary paradigm … Why does everybody come to sit in a room to listen to one person talk?
Hence the Overlay was born.
Now, if we can just get the conference planning committees to restructure conferences …