Presentation for Open Minds at Penn State

I have presented about web 2.0 dozens of times in the last couple of years … I am close to the point where I am tired of the whole thing, but as I discovered during my most recent talk now is the time to stay the course with the message. Last week I gave a talk during the Open Minds series sponsored by Penn State Outreach … they asked that I come in and talk about what is going on in new web spaces and relate it to education. I agreed and decided to do an extended version of my Web 2.0 in the Higher Education Enterprise talk. One thing I learned, two hours is a long time to talk.

I originally expected it to be an hour with about 20 people, but it turned out to be a two hour session with 50 folks there. The audience was more mixed than what I am used to — there were a couple of instructional designers and faculty, but for the most part the audience was made up of administrators and program managers from the various Outreach groups. I would say about a third were up to speed with most of the stuff we discussed, but it was great to see people really getting some of the more interesting tools — was a big hit, as were blogs, wikis, Google Docs, and believe it or not, Twitter. By the end we had come a long way towards building a shared understanding of these new tools and the types of opportunities can be created by using them.

At any rate, I thought I ought to at least write down the fact I did it and point you over to my PSU Blog (published from the PSU Blogger tool set) where the slides are available as a PDF or a Flash Presentation. Special thanks to D’Arcy b/c I stole a picture of a bus from one of his talks for my intro wiki slide. I also ripped, mixed, and stole a great slide from him about web publishing. I think all that stuff was creative commons, no? No matter what, I had a great time and like always I should have recorded it.

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