What an AMAZING environment. I have worked extensively in WebCT, very little in Blackboard, a bit in MacroMedia Breeze, some in Windows Live Meeting, and briefly in Vyew. Elluminate as a synchronous, interactive environment takes the cake from what I have seen and know at this point about these sorts of environments. It was a real treat to have Cheryl provide Darren, Lani and I with a tour-de-force of the capabilities of Elluminate in advance of our upcoming K-12 Online Fireside Chat this Thursday at 6 pm US Central Time with week 1 keynoters Bud Hunt and Alan Levine. Last week for the preconference keynote fireside chat with David Warlick, we had 50 participants (our maximum limit at that time) – 178 people total tried to get into the event. (If you missed it, an online archive of the full event saved from Elluminate is available.) Unless some of those were repeats, that means that over 100 people were turned away because of the participant limit we had at that time. This week, I have no idea how many people will show up but Elluminate has agreed to allow an UNLIMITED number of people in– so this could be quite interesting! In fact, I think it is guaranteed to be interesting!
If you can, please make plans to join in the dialog and the fun! Darren, Lani and I will be helping Sheryl moderate by “giving voice” to questions posted in both the direct messaging (text chat) area of Elluminate as well as the interactive whiteboard spaces. We’ll be pre-loading more whiteboards this time to hopefully facilitate guestbook signatures as well as question posting. Several of us will be checking in an hour early for people who want to get in early, check their microphones, and explore in the environment. Read Sheryl’s full post on updates from today for more details!
My learning curve as a volunteer convener for this event has been quite steep, but I am loving this opportunity. It will be exciting to not have a cap on how many Elluminate participants we have for the Fireside chat on Thursday! The global conversation continues!
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