I received the following email from SlideShare today, regarding my Slideshare account in 2009. I am not sure I can comprehend 27,080 views of 13 presentations.

Your Year in 2009 on SlideShare

There were probably 20 people at most who attended my Copyright for Educators session at ITSC 2009 in Portland, Oregon, last year face-to-face. Of the 9000+ views of that one presentation and “slidecast” (meaning recorded, synchronized audio is also available with the slides) I have no idea how many people watched the entire session online. The fact that over 9000 people at least started to watch the session is still remarkable, however, particularly considering the fact I shared this preso FREE on SlideShare.

These statistics, along with my podcast download statistics from PodPress, strengthen the perception I’ve had for years that educators today (myself included) tend to undervalue the potential impact of asynchronously posted / shared media content.

As Dr. Stephen Heppell says in the COSN video, “Learning to Change – Changing to Learn,” it’s a GREAT DAY for learning.” 🙂

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2 Responses to 27080 views in 2009 on SlideShare

  1. Wes,
    Wow! That is a lot of views for Copyright for Educators, but I don’t think you should be too surprised as it is one of the best presentations available for that very confusing topic. You did a fantastic job of clarifying the confusion for all of us who have viewed the slidecast. I refer people to it all the time.

  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    Thanks Richard. I hope our Storychasers / COV group or another group can come up with a catchier way to share that 3 part procedure of looking:

    First to public domain and homegrown works,
    Second to Creative Commons works,
    Third to copyrighted works which can be legally utilized under fair use provisions of copyright law

    I know there’s someone out there with a knack for coming up with new acronyms who could help with this! We definitely need to continue working on clarifying copyright issues for educators and students, but not at the expense of over-simplifying….

    In our COV workshops we’re going to work hard at this in 2010. All too often, even in our workshops, I think many educators emerge from these discussions MORE confused about copyright rather than having greater clarity / comfort with the issues and what can / should be done as media is shared online.

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