Monday, February 25, 2008

What to think about when deploying Web 2.0 technologies

Before you "optimize eLearning" through the use of Wikis, Blogs,
PodCasts, video feeds, IMs, XML, SOAP, AJAX, and other "new"/"improved"
methods, it is really important to understand:
1. How can these "optimize eLearning"
2. How will you manage them
3. How will you measure success
4. How you will add the next "hot" technology
5. How will you prevent the system from becoming a garbage repository
that is first overwhelmed with everyone wanting to post their latest
thoughts on the lint residing in their bellies and then is ignored
because the only content it has is people's musings on belly lint?

Wikis: Will you have a librarian organizing posted content and verifying
that it is correct? How will you limit posting access so you don't get
some whacko (like me) uploading incorrect, opinionated, and possibly
insulting content?
Blogs: How will you take the word "I" out of people's postings (e.g,
"This is my first experience posting a blog, and I am really thrilled to
death about it") That is, how will you make the blog content useful as
an instructional element. If you go to the Brandon-Hall network, you'll
be amazed how many postings are of this character.
PodCasts: Will you have professional announcers recording things, or
will you subject your audience to amateur, scratchy, poorly organized
rantings? How will you ensure accessibility both in terms of iPod
ownership and ADA?
Other technologies: Do you understand the implications of these

Have you thought about just creating good content that the audience
might be interested in reading and referencing?

1 comment:

Janet Clarey said...

Hi Al-
I thinks it's wonderful that you give Brandon Hall as much press as you do. Thanks.

RE: the use of "I." When I posted a debrief after 100 days of blogging, I mentioned this observation about my own writing...

"I use “I” too much."

The comments I received in response to that post include this from [] Dave Lee...

"The one point I disagree with you on is your point regarding using “I” too much. As you point out blogs are very personal. For better or worse, each of us puts ourselves out there “naked” (per Scoble/Israel) and real. Removing the “I” would mortally wound the core of what blogging has come to mean."

And, from [] Cammy Bean...

"I agree with Dave. Don’t drop the “I”. It’s your voice and your perspective that makes your blog so unique; that makes this an actual conversation."

It seems the nature of the blogs I read in the education space are purposely first party.

BTW...the Brandon Hall Network is no more...we're blogging now and have a group on Facebook so you won't be frustrated by the newbie blog posts : )