Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0

Oct 05, 2011 11:00 AM Mountain Time (Canada) Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0 – online research seminar for Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER) at Athabasca University – Emergent Learning in the New Learning Ecologies

We had our rehearsal for this presentation, which we are giving for Athabasca University on Wednesday of next week. The rehearsal was essential both to test out our technology and to test our ideas for what we would say and how we would say it.

The presentation will be in Adobe Connect, which I have used before, but it was still very useful to go through it all again.

A couple of the things we found need thinking about in Adobe Connect are:

1.     There is a time delay of about 2 seconds after clicking on the microphone tab to speak and actually being able to speak. You have to wait for the microphone tab to light up indicating that you can now speak. You would think 2 seconds would be nothing, but I found this distracting to my flow of thought. And if you click on it twice, thinking it hasn’t worked because the lighting up is not instantaneous, then you switch it off again!

2.     Only presenters can write on the white board, which means making everyone a presenter if you want this facility, which in turn creates security problems for an open session – so we won’t be doing that, which rather constrains how we wanted to work.

In terms of our own delivery, the main thing we had to think about was being sure we will remember who is speaking to the next slide and deciding between us who will change the slide.

In terms of planning for this session our main concern has been around how to maintain an appropriate balance between interaction and presentation of content. By interaction, I mean interaction between us and participants, as opposed to interaction between participants, which they can do in the chat room.

This rehearsal took an hour and a half, so hopefully the session will now run smoothly. Many thanks to Lynn Anderson  – for all her help.

3 thoughts on “Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0

  1. carol yeager September 30, 2011 / 1:21 pm

    Sending you best wishes for a fun and informative presentation. The technology does seem to be a bit intimidating when first setting up. I am sure the session will go smoothly and I look forward to learning more from other perspectives on connectivism … if it will be recorded and available publicly. If not, perhaps you will upload the slides to slideshare? Enjoy!

  2. jennymackness September 30, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    Carol – thanks so much for this kind encouragement. I think the session will be recorded and I will post a link if it is.

    We have talked about this before for the ELESIG community – http://elesig.ning.com/ – it relates to the paper we published in IRRODL – http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/issue/view/44 – but this time the presentation will be slightly different.

    Last time we tried to model ’emergent learning in practice’ by having a highly interactive session in which we asked participants to share their thinking about emergent learning, with us facilitating this process. This time CIDER have asked us to do more of a presentation – so we will be talking more. Also our thinking has moved on, because we are working on a follow up paper – so we will be able to talk briefly about that.

    I hadn’t thought about slideshare. It’s not something I’ve ever used – probably because personally I find it difficult to follow powerpoint slides in the absence of an explanation to go with them – but I will talk to the team and see what we can come up with 🙂


  3. Keith Lyons October 1, 2011 / 12:05 am


    It is great to see your work developing. I am a fan of SlideShare too particularly with the SlideCast functionality.

    Enjoy the presentation.


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