Broadcast Learning: The Power of Network Learning

March 23, 2008 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

“What if you could broadcast learning at will via the Internet to a world of learners? How would that change your conception of learning? What if you could interact with people, not only face to face in your workshop, but also halfway around the world? What if your workshop participants could participate in a conversation with those virtual participants, all of them discussing the broadcast learning going on? Pretty exciting, no?

I still remember my first exposure to broadcast learning technologies now available via the Internet. The power of pro-sumers, individuals who create as well as consume…but instead we might call them “prolearners,” as Vicki Davis suggests — learners who not only are docile consumers of knowledge, but also active creators of it.

FlashMeeting screenshot with Paul Harrington in the foreground.

My adventure began quite simply one day at work. On October 11, 2007, I had the opportunity to “sit-in” on Vicki Davis’ UStream session on Wikis. The session was announced via Twitter, an instant messaging tool that allows you to follow what hundreds of others — in my case, educators — are doing. Someone shared the link and I was off to see this new broadcast learning technology. It was a lot of fun listening in on that workshop. I got a real sense of being there, even though the only person I could see was Vicki. Sometimes she was on screen, sometimes she wasn’t. I also had fun tracking the backchannel conversation going on; the backchannel was a conversation about Vicki’s presentation available via Twitter.”

Copyright © 2008 Education WorldAuthor: Miguel Guhlin, Education World®, 14th March 2008

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