Warmest Wishes for the Season

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It’s a quiet time for family, celebration, and reflection.

With that in mind I want to wish you the quiet joys of the season and a time of peace, happiness, and relaxation.

I’m taking time out to do much the same, and will be back in a few days’ time. Thank you for visiting and for your engagement with my little blog over the days and months. I appreciate your presence.

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Digital v Analog Aesthetics … conjurations and prognostications

panel_digital_aestheticsOn the last day of the recent AUC Create World Conference held at Griffith University in Brisbane, a panel of techno-creative talkaholics (Profs Paul Draper (GU), Phil Long (UQ) and yours truly … that’s me in the middle of the photo … gathered under the wise facilitation of Prof Roly Sussex (UQ). Our topic was Conjectures in Digital Aesthetics … and conjure we did. We’re in glorious video by the way, and the hour long session is split into three handy, downloadable mp4 files.

If you’re keen … and even if I say so myself, and despite the title, the topic was fun to wrangle, … why not check it out. Would love your feedback.

While you’re there, see what you make of some of the other podcast/vodcast sessions from Create World 2008.

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Podcast talk-fest at Create World 2008

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I spent a few days recently at the Apple University Consortium (AUC) Create World held at Griffith U in Brisbane Australia. I was part of a podcast team headed by Allan Carrington and Ian Green from Adelaide University.

I managed to get some interviews with various presenters and participants in conference sessions, and thought I’d link to the interviews that I did right here.

  • The Importance of Being Earmarked. Brett Muray talks about crafting an interactive theatre piece where a ‘booby-trapped’ set responded to light, movement and sound.
  • iTunesU: the growing fan club. Lorraine Harker on the good stuff about using one of Apple’s new services for higher education in Australia and NZ.
  • Second Life as an arts education environment. Jason Zagami on the results of a study into the use of Second Life to teach arts concepts to pre-service primary school teachers.
  • Gaming? Consider the Possibilities. Luke Toop talks about the way online games can be turned into learning environments.
  • Cinematic Theatre. Marwell Presents (Steven Maxwell and Brad Jennings) talk about their productions and the conventions used in what they call ‘cinematic theatre’ or the blending of live action and video.
  • Using iWeb as a tool for e-portfolios. Jenny Mundey talks about the way pre-professionals in training can prepare their portfolios to show their ability to reflect upon their professions-to be.

There are lots more of course done by Allan and Ian as well as from Cat Hope from Edith Cowan University in WA. Check out the podcast program of AUC Create World 2008 blogsite here.

It was a talk-fest all right, just the way a conference should be. Why not extend the chat. Add your ideas and comments on the blog or as they say, ‘Be part of the wisdom.’

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A few thoughts on getting started in e-learning … back when

I’ve embedded a small 6 and a half minute sound file below.  I produced it quite quickly about around a year ago in response to a request from Sue Waters, a Higher Ed colleague in Perth, WA. She wanted some feedback from others who were dipping their toes or leaping into the deep-end of the big e-learning pool at the time.

In my response I talked informally about why I believed e-learning to be useful, how I went about integrating it into my own learning and teaching methodology, and what I experienced in my use of various applications and services. It was a quick response, but in listening to it again I was reminded that the more things change, the more they remain the same. I can’t quite remember why I responded this way, though I think at the time I was producing podcasts for a lecture series I was teaching at the time. My digital recorder was on the table, so I picked it up and away I went.

I brought the file out of the archives today because I was intrigued by some of the discussions I picked up via a Twitter stream earlier this week. It’s conference time all over Australia right now and during the past couple of weeks, colleagues have been reporting on the sessions being held in various e-learning focussed gatherings.  One of these was the ASCILITE 08 Conference in Melbourne, which has been exploring the ways and means of Web 2.0 … do we still call it that … as a way of facilitating teaching and learning. Some of the tweets talked about many of the ideas I had touched upon in this small podcast. I was left wondering whether we had moved along in our thinking over a year or more; the issues and discoveries seemed to be the same as they were back then.

Well of course we have moved along; it takes time to integrate the new into the tried and true.  I am mindful that many more colleagues are now either more confident, engaged or striking out in the wake of the early adopters of learning technologies. And of course, not all are willing … many have been forced by their administrative masters to do so. It’s a funny old business this.

For what it is worth, here was my thinking from mid-2007.

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Presentation and Authenticity: Al Gore at the Web 2.0 Summit

I normally do not cross-post from one blog to another. However this one may well be of interest to readers of this blog. In its original context on my other blog Expressive Plus, the post focusses on presentation skills. Here, it highlights one of the side-effects of the proliferation of social media … the growing awareness and caution by those in the public eye to their increasing visibility.


The conversation evolved from an initial video post ‘Al Gore Talks About TV’ made by Cathy Brooks, head of business development at Seesmic. Cathy is based in San Francisco, and was at the Web 2.0 Summit at which Al Gore presented late last week. I joined the conversation and sent back a comment on the former Presidential candidate’s solid grasp of the use of Web 2.0 digital technologies and social networking applications. Cathy’s (clip 3) in response to me contained some surprising observations on Mr Gore’s presentation skills during the Summit. They raise a few key considerations for anyone who gets up before an audience to make a presentation.Presentation and Authenticity: Al Gore at the Web 2.0 Summit, Nov 2008

 Hope you enjoy it.