DeLC Forum 2011: It’s a changing worldPosted: May 16, 2011
“Program or be programmed.” That was the advice offered by this year’s dynamic keynote speaker Jesse Hirsh who kicked off DeLC Forum 2011.
Hirsh was channeling the thesis of Douglas Rushkoff’s latest book, Program or be Programmed: Ten Commandments for a Digital Age and suggested that teachers already ‘write their own code’ every day when preparing lesson plans.
Hirsh’s keynote set the intellectual bar for DeLC Forum 2011; he urged us to slow down, look and ask some critical questions before leaping headlong onto the social networking bandwagon. To illustrate the point that we should resist the mindset of falling into a complacency when everyone is like us on sites like Twitter and Facebook – he invited the participants to heckle him during his presentation on the forum’s twitter back channel #delcforum2011.
It also was inspiring networking with other DeLCs at the various workshop sessions to share ideas and resources around eLearning. Regardless of whatever LMS the ministry has chosen going forward and whenever it decides to make the announcement, the most important piece in the eLearning puzzle will be how quickly we can support one another as we adapt to whatever changes come our way.
Hats off to ReLC David Miller and all the workshop facilitators for another successful DeLC Forum! The Humber College campus / student residence is a beautiful and engaging venue. A colleague and I actually saw five deer while walking the trail along the Humber river.
I had an interesting conversation with Jesse Hirsh following his keynote and have included a podcast of our conversation below.
DeLC Forum 2011- Podcast – Jesse Hirsh Interview
Photo credit: Jump on the social media bandwagon – Matt Hamm’s Photostream