I was invited to speak at the Innovations in eLearning conference last Thursday. This event is put on by a partnership between George Mason University and the Defense Acquisition University. Both organizations are top notch. Who actually even knows that there even IS a University in the department of defense devoted to teaching the military how to buy stuff? I certainly didn't...until a few years ago. Both organizations take eLearning very seriously and so it's always a pleasure to hang out with all of the very smart people I'm happy to call my eLearning colleagues ... and friends... and as Aaron Silvers calls us, his "near-peers".
|Aaron Silvers - @mrch0mp3rs|
|Dr. Alan Kay|
The programming, or logic, is available to the user at all times. Alan drew 2 circles on the screen, one smaller than the other and called it a bug. He opened a popup that, basically by completing a sentence, gave the "bug" instructions to follow. He closed the popup and the bug followed its instructions until it had gone off the screen. It was very cool, and took all of about 30 secs.
I remember playing with Squeak a few years ago and loved the simplistic nature of the tool. I often wonder why these are not brought into the corporate training world. Instead we insist on complications of ActionScript, or C++, or any of the others. If the reasoning is that perhaps Squeak and etoy are not polished enough then why doesn't someone buff 'em up a little and get 'em ready for prime time...or at least create a tool that is as easy to use.
I spent the rest of my time networking with peers and working on my own presentation. I had the pleasure of meeting Brenda Brathwaite (her blog). She is also a brilliant, passionate, game designer. Check out her wikipedia entry if you want to learn more. I was traveling during the first day of workshops. But I was following the tweet stream of attendees (like Aaron Silvers) and they raved about it. So, I'm inviting her to DevLearn2010 to do a game design workshop for e-Learning designers. I'm making it my mission to do everything I can to bring our two industries closer together.
I'll save my review of my own session for another blog post. Everyone was nice and said they enjoyed it, but I just can't shake the feeling that I was preaching to the choir. I suppose, if nothing else, the Journey bit always gets a good laugh ;-)
See you in San Diego at mLearnCon!
mLearnCon - Mobile Learning Conference and Expo- June 15-17 - San Diego, CA
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