Friday, February 20, 2009

Adult Educators Followup

Yesterday I spoke to a group of adult educators at the "Technology and Distance Learning Symposium" held by the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) in Sacramento, California. Because the time was tight, and because I didn't do a great job of tightening up my talk, we didn't get all the way through my usual "Web 2.0 Is the Future of Education" points! So I promised to post some links with the additional information, which are below.

Luckily, they had scheduled me during the next hour in an informal discussion format, which allowed me to finish the material for those who were there, and to have a great discussion about social media, learning, and especially, the needs of educators who work with adults.  I was also struck by just how ubiquitous Facebook is becoming, and how much it is opening the door to some understanding by the general public about the value of social media.  (It's playing a role not unlike Wikipedia has played for Open Source, where familiarity starts to encouragae understanding.)