I will again be presenting at HighEdWebDev and this year I’m going to try something new. For several years, I have been looking for a way to eliminate, or at least greatly reduce, my use of PowerPoint. Instead I want to utilize some of the principles of an unconference (See Understanding the Unconference). I’m looking for ways to leverage the â€œWisdom of Crowdsâ€ to get the audience more involved. So instead of 60 minutes of me talking with PowerPoint illustrating the key points, I will be using the following format:
- Participants will have an opportunity to see the ideas and themes prior to the conference and be encouraged to provide comments, suggestions and feedback which will be incorporated into the final presentation. This will be done through a series of posts on my blog at markagreenfield.com.
- I will follow the 20/20 format of Pecha Kucha – 20 slides for 20 seconds each for a total time of 6:40 seconds. The remainder of the time will be for audience conversation and dialogue (For more information on Pecha Kucha, see del.icio.us/markgr/PechaKucha )
- I have created a channel on Jaiku that we will use before, during, and after the presentation to further the conversation. The URL is jaiku.com/channel/highedwebdev2007.
This year’s presentation is called â€œHigher Ed Web Development Gets Flattened, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the New World Order. The basic premise is that the same forces of globalization that have flattened the business world will soon flatten higher education and there will certainly be repercussions for our profession. The goal is to explore what our jobs may look like in the future, and what we can do to prepare.
I will begin posting the ideas and themes to my blog in the next few days, and I look forward to your feedback and participation. I invite you to join me in this experiment in Presentation 2.0.
Mark A. Greenfield
Director of Web Services
State University of New York at Buffalo