June 15, 2007

Attention crash

Writing about web page http://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/06/the_attention_c.html

We are reaching a point where the number of inputs we have as individuals is beginning to exceed what we are capable as humans of managing.

Spent many hours over the past week as a newbie online conference delegate. To give point of reference to the scale here I have read 500+ postings from other delegates and probably still have just as many more left to read…

In terms of the presentations themselves and the multimedia options available I have found it soothing to rest the eyes occasionally, sometimes actually closing them, to listen to the audio links.

It also suited me to have the option of listening to audio snippets when reading through papers. Nothing very technically elaborate just the option to listen to an audio file summary after a couple of paragraphs of text.

The closing session was presented as a powerpoint flash thing with audio synch. IMHO resting my eyes and just listening to the audio would have been just fine. Maybe it’s a very personal thing.

Anyway will be trying to include more audio options to compliment our current online content.

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  1. David Davies

    I wonder what you make of the sessions from the conference that were conducted in Second Life ? I watched the video and thought it was interesting but reading some of the session transcript some people were more preoccupied about the SL environment itself (and how to work it) rather than the conference. My conclusion was it’s a novelty but ultimately probably a distraction holding an event like this in a virtual world like SL.

    15 Jun 2007, 11:41

  2. Catherine Fenn

    The conference chatted at length about theoretical use of Web 2.0 tools in learning.

    Offering a 1 hour SL session – SL possibly the most disruptive technology under discussion – IMHO was intended to have that ‘novelty’ value.

    Off to class now but hope to come back to this point…

    15 Jun 2007, 13:52

  3. Robert O'Toole

    Second Life comes near the top of a list that I am currently compiling: ‘things that give “e-learning” a bad name’. I’m not even sure that it can be called a ‘disruptive technology’. It’s just so irrelevant, it’s not going to disrupt anything in HE.

    Audio, however, is worth spending time on. A WMS student has entered an interview in the Warwick Podcasts Competition, and as a result WMS now owns an Edirol R09 MP3 recorder worth £300.

    15 Jun 2007, 15:16

  4. David Davies

    Have a look at this as it matches most people’s experience of SL beautifully …


    15 Jun 2007, 15:27

  5. Catherine Fenn

    ...back to expand on #2 a little – the buzz around SL – ‘novelty’ value – created excitement and curiosity amongst some of the conference delegates [learners] which carried over into activity on the SL conference discussion (106 responses) and beyond.

    Thread titles including ‘trying out Second Life’, ‘Next steps…’, ‘weirdness’, ‘Instability of SL’ and ‘I plainly don’t get it’ just to name a few.

    Links posted to SL threads included projects, papers, blogs, wikis, articles, YouTube etc. PLUS facilitator [teacher] / delegate [learner] generated multimedia content specifically relating to the live session (blog entries, YouTube video, Flickr images)

    Maybe I was the only delegate [learner] who created an SL avatar during the reading week simply to get a taste of the virtual environment under discussion? Fascinated that the initiator of the thread ‘I plainly don’t get it’ has never stepped inside SL – that said good questions here whilst drawing other web 2.0 stuff into the discussion – more stuff for me to investigate some time…

    Robert: very interested in your ‘bad name’ list. My limited experience of SL – over 2 sessions probably 15 minutes at most combined – not enough to evaluate informal learning potential let alone anything specific to HE. In terms of audio, Faculty stock of Edirols should increase over the summer!!

    David: you might like this ;-) http://www.getafirstlife.com/

    15 Jun 2007, 20:17

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