Conference Connections:

George Siemens, Peter Tittenberger, Terry Anderson, EDUCAUSE Review, Mar 14, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The current issue of EDUCAUSE Review is out and features this article on the future of conferences. "Technology as a tool for transforming practice in conferences is largely our focus here," write the authors. "Computers, mobile phones, podcasts, blogs, Second Life, RSS, Google Reader, and many similar tools afford new ways of interacting before, during, and after conferences." Much of what follows will sound familiar from an e-learning perspective: augmented conferences, blended conferences, simultaneous conferences, online conferences. The authors nod toward more radical adaptations, like unconferences and barcamps. The article is OK so far as it goes, but it tends toward how technology supports what people are already doing. I would have like to have seen how technology could change the conference dynamic entirely, as I have discussed in the past.
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