Feb 20, 2009 I gave a talk entitled "After a decade of inroads, SUCCESS in modeling blended learning in theory AND practice at F2F and online conferences" at AACE's Spaces of Interaction: An online conversation on improving traditional conferences. http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/ - Speaker schedule: http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/speakers/ - George Siemens's 4 min. introduction to the event: http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/intro/player.html - Ning http://aacecommunity.ning.com/ for conversation and brainstorming before, during, and after the presentations.
My abstract: The presenter has been a long-time advocate and agitator for broadcasting online both into and out of on-site professional development events and conferences. The presenter describes inroads made during the past decade from 1999 to the present in making conferences accessible to many more than just their physically present delegates. Having debunked the myth that if conferences were open to online access on-site attendance would drop off, a case is made for the opposite scenario: that broadening channels for conversation at conference venues is a win-win situation in which everyone benefits, and conferences where these channels are blocked are the dinosaurs doomed to extinction.
* You can follow the draft as it develops at http://tinyurl.com/aace-vance
* The presentation was recorded and is available here: http://aace.na4.acrobat.com/p92907860/