Monday, September 29, 2008

Desire2Learn Fusion Conference 2008

What I learned: A really nice conference that involved valuable, fun learning and FUN!
My first experience of the conference, next to the registration table, was an invite to play guitar hero. It was only my 2nd time playing, afterwards I received a ribbon for my conference badge with the Rock Star label.

I was able to attend several valuable sessions on manging massive online courses, online quizing and a session hosted by D2L Felix on training methods. I also always enjoy a chance to hear Barry Dahl share on web app tools, I invariably learn something new (this time it was major clarification on how to embed items into D2L content). The Keynote speakers were excellent and actually offered thought provoking info about the current state and future of education. One highlight was a roundtable that brought the backchannel to the fore. It was chaotic, funny, distracting, insightful, and innovative--read more at Barry Dahl's Post on Backchannel at D2L Another item of high value was the ability to sit down with D2L reps and walk though a list of questions and concerns and have many of them addressed on the spot.

D2L also did a great job of letting folks have some fun by taking everyone on a tour of Graceland and other activities.
I loved Memphis, hot and humid temps are my thing in the summer and Memphis did not disappoint. Thanks D2L!