From 2000 I saw the Internet as a digital ocean, since 2010 I’ve come to see it as a digital weather system. This is the difference between web 1.0 and web 2.0
Adam Greenfield (2010) has a similar idea.
- Knowledge sharing
- Remote participation
- Twitter back channel
- Twitter hashtags
- Live blogging
- Cloudworks and Friendfeed
In 25% of the time
Participants not an audience
Backchannel adds another layer, but can be a negative experience for the speaker (Boyd, 2009)
Amplification of the conference
Archive of multimedia, range of tone.
Preservation and curation of such a record
Brian Kelly (2008)
- Audience’s voice
- Speaker’s talk
- Across time
- Of slides
- Of feedback
Collective memory of the event
Of the learning
Of the long term conference outputs
- Random selection of speakers
Used to be a choice of attending or not, now there are many alternatives (JV least attending more than one conference at the same time).
2010 Martin Weller ran Openness in Education over two days using Elluminate and Cloudworks.
Four sessions all recorded and made available through Cloudworks.
Sessions thinned and released as podcasts
- Pre conference
- And video before and during
Speakers, including Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia.
287 attended synchronous Elluminate sessions
3,500 viewed in CloudWorks
From 14 countries
48% would not have attended in person
Cost 2,500 rather than 30,000
They have a legitimacy deficit to some.
• Attendees not given time from the workplace to attend virtually and readily interrupted.
• Doesn’t command as much attention
• Don’t plan ahead, so may drop out.
• Technical problems on the day are too late to resolve.
‘The Camelot comparison – accentuating the positives of the entrenched practice’.
Hard to compare as they do things differently (and can be blended)