Interesting to note that on the way back to the Denver airport from Estes Park, one of my colleagues noted that "We may look back on this and say, 'This was the year PIDT was blogged." Guess that it was especially noteworthy with the 20th anniversary of PIDT.
At PIDT, I met a person who was technically brilliant, and saw the virtues of using weblogs in a communications environment. The person's CEO has a weblog and has been recognized by major persons in the blog world as being innovative and showing leadership. When I was discussing weblogs with them, they said they saw the value of weblogs but they can't do it in their company. They have a corporate policy against keeping documents for an extended period of any type that are not in their learning management system.
In our conversation, they said if a person started an independent blog, the company might well fire that person. How do you answer and/or help a person like that?
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Remember that eight-minute movie published in 2014, the one describing what actually happened between 2004 and 2014? And how the New York Times is going to go offline, becoming a newsletter for the intellectual elite and the elderly? They just took the first step. Megnut reports.
Goodbye Kodachrome Super 8
Gadgets filed under Gadgets : Retro Your candle burned out long before… your legend ever did. I guess we missed this one a while ago, but Kodak is discontinuing Kodachrome Super 8, which was a cartridge film format so popular with home movie buffs and budding cinematographers.
In fact, they announced the change on the 40th anniversary of the format, which is kind of like shooting someone on their birthday. From what we can tell, they’ll still be making a version of the cartridges but using a different films. Kodachrome, as we all know, gives us those nice bright colors and gives us the green of summers and makes us think all the world’s a sunny day. Oh yeah.
40th Anniversary of Super 8 film [Press Release Thanks, James]
PIDT is an annual meeting (or un-conference) where professors, graduate students, and people interested in instructional design gather from around the nation. PIDT is an acronymn for Professors of Instructional Design. It started as a meeting 20 years ago in a spot owned by Indiana University, called Shawnee Bluffs. It has since progressed to meeting on a bi-annual basis at two sites. One is at Smith Mountain Lake 4H Camp in Virginia. The other, where the meeting was held this year, is at the YMCA of the Rockies outside of Estes Park, Colorado.
PIDT is a small conference. There were about 100 people there this year. The best thing about PIDT is the conversations and the sessions. Much collaboration with colleagues comes from these conversations. This has been documented extensively over time.
I talked about how to use blogs as a classroom tool and a research tool. Many faculty and graduate students discussed with me how to use this technology as a part of their teaching. I had some really interesting discussions with people as to how blogs allow better and richer conversations than learning management systems conventionally used by many universities. One of the key points a lot of people felt was important was that with a blog you could carry a discussion over multiple semesters. Many universities' sysadmins force courses placed on conventional LMS systems such as Blackboard to be shut down at the end of a semester. This is a good thing. Also the instructor is more easily able to post web resources to a website and students are more easily able to track the changes in a website with weblogs.
One of the most interesting things to come from PIDT '05 was the discussion surrounding Tom Schwen's paper on implications for the field of instructional systems design. During the meeting, Tom generously gave me the MS Word version of the paper to post on the blog along with the PowerPoint he used in the presentation. Lisa Yamagata-Linch also had a set of citations we linked to as well.
Bob Reiser asked, "how do we continue this conversation once PIDT is over?" Naturally, I thought of blogs. So I set up a blog at http://scottadams.blogs.com/idfuture as a place for the conversation. If you are interested in instructional design and would like to be included in the conversation you would be welcome. Send me an email at email@example.com and let me know.