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  1. Vic Divecha
    November 4, 2009

    Excellent final thoughts. I agree with the lack of quantification for analysis and predominance of anecdotal evidence. I have seen lesser hard data and more of personal stories at Educause’s regional conference in Chicago. I felt E-Learn 2008 was about social networking and E-Learn 2009 about Open everything (open courseware, open scholars etc.).

    Palloff and Pratt (1999) had laid the theoretical foundations of social networks in education and training quite a while back. It took 8 or 9 years until facebook and ning came along. But there was a hole in terms of follow up studies this year, as you quite correctly mention that point.

    Thanks for the wonderful summaries.

  2. Richard N. Landers
    November 4, 2009

    So then, do you think the lack of quantified results is common in education technology, or is just the conferences? And good call on the Open movement – I forgot about that, but it was definitely a major theme as well.

  3. Tony Karrer
    November 4, 2009

    Richard, sorry I couldn’t make it up to meet with you. My father-in-law passed away and the funeral/burial conflicted. It would have been nice to meet.

    Thanks for the great write up of the event. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet up at another time.

  4. Richard N. Landers
    November 4, 2009

    No worries – I enjoyed trying to piece your Twitter blast together! I’m sure there will be another time.

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