Live from Online Learning 2002

Jay Cross, Sept 23, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I had a great meeting with Jay Cross yesterday evening at the Canadian reception at Online Learning 2002 (I link here to Jay's blog of the conference). It was a great start to what has thus far been a disappointing conference. There is no wireless access available (so much for being leading edge!). Confused delegates find themselves standing to access the net from the bank of computers provided (I guess if you don't provide chairs people won't use the computers for as long - ah, the return of customer centered conferencing). And because of registration problems I have been restricted to the trade show floor. There, vendors vie with increasingly overt sales tactics as the few delegates rattle through the large room like peas in a tin can. There is an air of desperation in the air as the Sun magician tries to outdraw the Docent yo-yo artists and as the staff at each booth begin to realize that they've reached the end of the line: the LMS market is saturated, nobody is doing anything new, and you still can't get a coffee after three. More, much more, to come when I wrangle better access...
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