Web 2.0 Seminar at AVNet

Today, I’ll attempt live blogging from an internal information seminar on Web 2.0 in Higher Education, organised by AVNet. The replay of the -Dutch language – seminar can be found here.

  • The first speaker is Tom Wambeke, lecturer at OHO, Open Higher Education of the Polytechnic KATHO. Tom starts by showing the Web 2.0 tools that he has used in the previous week, then attempts a definition, and classification.
    • Examples:
    • Tom’s slides are available at http://www.slideshare.net/
      • Web 1.0: 45 million global users of 250000 sites – passive consumption of published content
      • Web 2.0: Published content & user-generated content – 1 billion users of 80.000.000 sites
    • Varied arsenal of tools
      • Weblogs (www.edublogs.be), wiki’s (George Siemens’ wiki of his keynote speech at Online Educa Berlin 2006), fora, social bookmarking (Furl, del.icio.us), podcast/vodcast (Stanford, K.U.Leuven), virtual worlds (Second Life), instant messaging (MSN, Skype), social network services (LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube)
    • Definition
      • The Wikipedia definition is not adequate in Tom’s view. Tom lists a number of basic characteristics, and feels that no adequate definition is available.
      • It’s not about new media, but more about an attitude towards those media: Interaction, Networking, Feedback and Communication.
      • The technology becomes more and more transparent: KISS (Keep it Simple and Stupid).
  • Unfortunately, my battery power is running out, so my life blogging needs to end here… The rest will be ‘after-the-fact’.
  • Brief summary of Maarten Cannaerts’ talk:
    • Maarten described 4 examples of how Web 2.0 applications were used in real-life cases: – slides available online
      • Information competencies in the 21st century
      • The ELISE Online course on didactic aspects of e-Learning
      • Virtual internationalisation in the GO! project
      • Teaching & research communities through group blogging: http://www.edublogs.be
  • Finally, Bieke Schreurs tried to summarise some of the good practices & lessons learned and related them to the Virtual Learning Environment within the Associatie K.U.Leuven.

It was a difficult exercise in trying to balance ‘much information’ with ‘focussed and relevant information’. The participant evaluations will need to show how successful we were.


EDEN Research Workshop – Impressions

Highlights in the EDEN Research Workshop sofar are the

  • session on Audiovisual Issues, and especially the presentation by Jack Koumi, a specialist on media characteristics,
  • the keynote by Rob Koper, who starts from an interesting definition of competences,
  • the interview that Tom Wambeke and I did of Stephen Downes, who will be doing a keynote later,
  • and the election of the paper of Alberto Cattaneo & Elena Boldrini as Best Paper during the conference dinner.

Sofar a very positive experience.