Make plans to attend the 2011 Heartland eLearning Conference March 7-8, 2011, in Edmond, Oklahoma at UCO. Today is the last day for discounted pre-registration.

Heartland eLearning Conference 2011

The keynote speaker on March 8th is Dr. Michael Wesch of Kansas State University, and I can’t tell you how enthused I am to hear him present in person! Up to this point, my contacts with him (besides learning from his online videos and work) have been listening to his BLC 2010 keynote on Bob Sprankle‘s Bit by Bit podcast channel, and serendipitously running into him at Orangeleaf in Manhattan, Kansas, last October.

If you haven’t seen Dr. Wesch’s recent video, “Rethinking Education,” you should definitely check it out. He created this to complement the new EduCause eBook, “The Tower and The Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing.” This video is a great update to his 2007 video, “The Machine is Us/ing Us

I love this Tim O’Reilly quotation from the video:

The applications which matter today are harnessing collective intelligence.

This one is also great, but I’m not sure the source. It might be Yochai Benkler of the Berkman Center. In reference to WikiPedia and people favoring it today over the New York Times, he asks:

I don’t know about you, but as an educator, are you against discussions about the quality of knowledge?

That’s a beautifully constructed question.

Another great question in this video is:

Where are our students in all of this? [These radical, tectonic changes in the ways information is shared and communicated today.]

If your students aren’t blogging now, they need to be… and you need to be blogging with them! We all need to more frequently and intentionally engage in the practice of “talking with media.” How else are we going to learn to swim in the river of social media, unless we are not only willing but also regularly practice “getting wet” in that information river?

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Michael Wesch’s videos and ideas push me in many of the same ways Clay Shirky and Larry Lessig do. His digital ethnography project, #VOST2011, was part of my personal inspiration to launch the 2011 Vision for Educational Leadership in 30 Seconds project.

I’m not the videographer Mike is, but I’m continually learning ideas and techniques for getting better from him and others! It’s great to have opportunities to not only be “virtually inspired” by others, but also hear those individuals share their ideas and passions face-to-face! Join us in a few weeks at the University of Central Oklahoma for the Heartland eLearning Conference and be inspired in person! :-)

As a related footnote, I’m going to be sharing the opening plenary session at the event. It’s a vast understatement to say I’m intimidated knowing Dr. Wesch is following my comments up on March 8th. Clearly I need to “up my game” for this event. :-)

Hat tip to James Walker and Richard Byrne for sharing the “Rethinking Education” video.

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  • http://bryantpaigeedm310.blogspot.com/ Jpbryant89

    Hi,
    Im from Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I thoroughly enjoyed all of your videos posted here, one of my favorite quotes from the Rethinking Education video was “The University is structured like an assembly line…turning out uniform products with predetermined values, determined by the producer”. And I think that Montana Voices:DV2011 successfully offered solutions to this problem. Collaborative efforts between the professor and the student is the only way we will move forward. I also loved the DV2011 & VOST2011 projects, I’m thinking of turning these in as an assignment for my blog. Thanks for posting!

  • http://twitter.com/andreawstone Andrea Stone

    We are excited to be hosting the Heartland Conference again this year. We know that Dr. Wesch, Wes, and the rest of the presenter are going to wow us! My only regret is that I will be working at the conference instead of attending all of the great sessions. While the early bird registration has passed, we still have some group discounts available. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the conference!

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