SocialLearn presentation in Elluminate

I did a presentation for George Siemens last night on SocialLearn. It was an open (naturally!) session in Elluminate. George recorded it and you can relive it in all its mumbling glory here.

I think it gives a reasonable overview of where we’re at, and I tried to broaden it to wider issues also. George tries manfully to make me sound coherent by asking intelligent questions, but in case you hadn’t twigged it, I’m a better writer than I am speaker, so it’s a bit rambling in places I fear. Enjoy?


  • AJ Cann

    Thanks Martin, I enjoyed that, especially the demo.
    Technical comment: you definitely need to invest in a better microphone. Even with the compression, George’s voice was much clearer. I strongly recommend:
    Please could you discuss the tension between institutional branding (e.g. the s:l site) and the risk of loosing contacts in the transition from existing networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc). Exactly HOW do we avoid the creepy treehouse?

  • Martin

    Thanks Alan – I think the reason George’s voice sounds clearer may be that George has a clearer voice 🙂 But you’re right, if I’m to take this educator as broadcaster stuff seriously I should get a decent mic.
    I don’t see people having to migrate from sites, we’re talking about developing a FB view for example. SL will use open standards like opensocial, so hopefully you can import a lot of that data.
    But institutions may well want to run their own version, which does raise the creepy treehouse syndrome. I think being upfront – this is a social network for learning is part of the solution. Providing good tools, making it useful is another. Mainly it’s by allowing the user, not the institution to maintain control.

  • George Siemens

    Hi Martin,
    Thanks again for a great presentation. I’ve read great comments about the presentation on several blogs today – obviously what you’re doing is striking a cord.
    Btw – As Canadians, we expect first deferral in self-deprecation. The order is something like: Canadians first, then British, Australians, Europeans, and so on (to be honest, I’m not sure how the list should look after Canadians – I just know we have the first spot :)). Americans are generally not on the list – they have more confidence than the rest of the world. The rule is, then, to first refer to the list. When dealing with a Canadian, you must permit them first opportunity. If they wave that right, you can then pick it up.
    Anyway, you did a fantastic job. I appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to provide an overview of your important work.

  • Carolyn Campbell

    George asked good questions but you gave great answers. If SocialLearn takes hold, it’ll really change the elearning landscape. Thanks for sharing what you’re doing. (And I loved the creepy treehouse metaphor. Definitely works for me.)

  • Peter Miller

    I found the talk very interesting too. Trivial point but could I suggest that you stick to the s:l abbreviation (as per Alan’s comment) or you’re going to have significant overlap in search space with Second Life?

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