We had an interesting event on campus last Friday. For students, the campus was closed. For staff, admin, and faculty, we were in a self-hosted conference all day focused on technology.
We had two basic tracks that boiled down to two things: web 2.0 tools for use in instruction, and Office 2007. I taught a 30 minute class on calendaring and invites in Outlook, and that was fun.
But the real joy was Eric Waterkotte. Not the artist, but the eLearning guy. He came and gave a presentation on blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, social networks, twitter, et al. Nice stuff. Excellent presentation. Eric lives in Port Angeles and works as an instructional tech / eLearning course designer at Peninsula College.
The conference piqued the interest of lots of folks around here, and we even had another group sign on to the blog system I put in place a year+ ago: blog.ghc.edu/spc, our Strategic Planning Committee group. I had another request from an instructor as well, and it’ll be interesting to see how this works out in our culture here.
One idea Eric brought from Peninsula was the idea of the Electric Lunch. For the record, I like this idea. Lots.
Basically, it’s an informal lunch to discuss technology, emerging or no, in a free form style. Eric hangs out and fields ideas. I think this is awesome. I would love to have something like this here, maybe monthly.