Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ITC eLearning 09

Instructional Technology Council Conference, eLearning 2009.
My 2nd time at this conference and once again the best group to connect with if you are interested in online learning and teaching with technology. ITC had excellent keynote speakers this year that were chock full of new info and were flat-out good presenters, see Bryan Alexander and Brian Lamb. Plus it was engaging and fun to have Minnesota's own Barry Dahl throw down the gauntlet in the Grand Debate: Topic – Virtual Worlds are the Second Life for Online Education. Barry was on the snarky, negative side.

Other highlights for me: Being fully integrated with twitter-chatter and back-channel during the conference.

CLC instructor Jackie Lindquist awarded an outstanding elearning educator award.

Having a long-time instructor new to teaching with technology attend and comment, "I have not been this inspired in such a longtime, I am excited to be a teacher again" (!!!!! a major highlight).

I was able to meet-up with a former art student/family friend and catch-up.

Spend time with my mentor now working in Beaverton, OR.

And finally, it was a privilage to be a presenter at this conference--
Remix Culture Appreciation
(aka Art Appreciation)
More people are advocating the use of creative commons
instead of copyright. Michael Amick will explore the history of
reusing and remixing prior-created material and how it is valid
and valuable from a visual arts perspective. He will explore the
“myth of originality” and discuss why artists and designers are
instructed to “borrow” from previously-created work. Imagery
will be the main aspect of this presentation, with the latest art,
music and video creations of current remix culture.