Tweets that speak to my EDUCAUSE 2012 experience


  1. This is important because I didn't realize it was #edu12 until I'd already been tweeting a bit.  Fortunately, I saw it on a piece of poster somewhere, and remedied my ways.

  2. The bear at the convention center was iconic.  Lots of pictures in the EDUCAUSE twitter feed, and this is one of the best.
  3. While I used my THATCamp-acquired affection for live-tweeting sessions, I was surprised at how manageable the #edu12 hashtag was--it didn't move very fast at all, to me, especially because it was nominally an IT conference.  I talked to a CIO friend about this, and he talked about just putting away his device during sessions because of getting the side-eye from others in the room.  I should have thought that people at EDUCAUSE would understand twitter as a further way of engaging with the conference, but apparently, not universally.
  4. This is great, and also very much how I felt in the Exhibit Hall.  It was full of people selling products that I have no power to buy.  Their eyes (with a couple of exceptions--Hi, @visix_inc!) would slide away at the sight of my nametag (which identified me as a non-purchaser).  
  5. This will always be my most vivid image of the Exhibit Hall.  Patent-Leater, Orange Fetish Boots.
  6. And I did get a cool t-shirt from Panopto.  Very nice folks.
  7. I did make it to the poster session one afternoon, and got to chat with @StewartVarner from EmoryDiSC.  The posters were in a greenhouse of a space, though, and it was really hard to stay there long enough to pay each poster enough attention.  I'm glad they're archived by Educause in the Digital Poster Gallery.
  8. And I didn't make it to this  social media discussion group, but appreciated that there was a discussion out there about this.  I need to mine that #socmed hashtag soon before it goes away.
  9. I did manage to get out and about in Denver--I took this shot of this sculpture near the Denver Public Library in part because of the research we have done in Visitors and Residents (#vandr) that shows the nearly indelible association people have of books with libraries--frequently to the exclusion of any other kinds of media.  
  10. MOOCs and discussions about MOOCs were everywhere.  I think the above tweet is my favorite comment about them.
  11. This came up in Diane Sieber, Caroline Sinkinson, and Mark Warner's session (081)) on their research at UC Boulder on the rapid assessment of uses of social media in courses, but I think it's true much more broadly.  This also came up in our own Visitors and Residents session, when I started talking about how students want to bring the identity and contents they create in SMS with them after they graduate/move on to a different institution, not leave it in the proprietary system of a given institution.