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My Online Educa Berlin 2011

My favourite resources and personal memories from Online Educa Berlin 2011 - 17th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training, URL:


  1. Online Educa Berlin 2011 was great as ever. I enjoy it so much every year. Why? There are plenty of interesting people to meet and chat and discuss, a great number of topics to dive into and a cosmopolitan mix of perspectives to discover and enjoy! This year I soaked up so many impressions and ideas that I could not just fit them into a single blog post. Somehow this idea came to my mind that it would be fun to experiment with Storify and curate my own #OEB11 resources. As I tend to twitter a lot, I was also following and co-creating the #OEB11 Twitter stream this year. That's why most of the things you find here come from Twitter. There are also some pictures, YouTube videos and URLs that I discovered retrospectively while going through the Twitter stream again after the conference. It just happens to be a great place for me to keep it all alive and dynamic. Hope you enjoy it too!
  2. So here it starts ...
    Online Educa was huge with 2.000 participants and 380 speakers!!!
    @catspyjamasnz tweeted: the scale of this conference is quite something!
  3. @joecar said on Twitter: Enjoying great stream of ideas and links from Online Educa Berlin
    This is what I did. I have tried to curate some of the most valuable resources that I could filter from the Twitter stream. Enjoy!

    First Day 1 & Day 2 (30.11.2011 + 01.12.2011) - scroll down for Day 3 (02.12.2012)!
  4. Online Educa Programme comprised a number of different events, including pre-conference events (workshops, seminars), forums, plenaries, various conference session formats (presentations, learning cafes, lab sessions, demonstrations, best practice showcases, learnshops, knowledge exchange sessions), and special events (live radio, networking receptions, special interest group lunches). It's amazing how Online Educa puts this aboundant programm together every year! 
  5. The Pre-Conference Event I attended was an afternoon event titled "Handlungsorientiertes Lernen mit digitalen Medien – Erfolgsstories am Beispiel von Pilotprojekten aus der beruflichen Qualifizierung / How to Improve Action-Oriented Learning with Digital Media: Success Stories from Pilot Projects in VET". As I work in the research project Mediencommunity , it was interesting for me to learn about other projects founded by the programme Qualifizierungdigital .
  6. The first conference day started with the Opening Plenary and was chaired by Talal Abu-Ghazeleh known for promoting intellectual property in the Arab region. The speakers were Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EC and European Digital Agenda Commissioner (her message was: "every European digital!), Peter Nowak, the author of the book "Sex, Bombs & Burgers" (he says: "Entrepreneurialism is the most important skill that can be taught" via @touqo), the brilliant John Bohannon from the Harvard University (he talked about "Without Google and Wikipedia I am Stupid"), and Jeff Borden Senior Director at Pearson (his message was personalised learning for all, among other things he mentioned headmaster: web tool to memorize until the end of time and about the Amazon data mining concept working for learning, his point was that learning analytics enables outcome oriented learning & evidence based education).

    You can view the recordings from the opening plenary below:
  7. You can follow Neelie Kroes on Twitter and even read and comment her keynote on SPEECH (great tool!)
  8. @CosmoCat uploaded the audio recording of Peter Nowak's keynote in audioboo
  9. The talk by John Bohannon was definitely something to remember. He talked about the Google Effect based on the experiment conducted by Betsy Sparrow (see article below). John said: "without Google & Wikipedia I'm stupid - not just ignorant". He refered to Google effect as the Internet replacing our family & peers transactional memory. He said something like that: We have made the Internet our husband and wife. You may not remember the answer to a question, but rather where to find it. People remember better the places to look for answers, rather than the answers themselves. We learnt about some questions from experiment conducted by Betsy Sparrow and we learnt that the eyes of an ostrich are larger than its brain, which was an interesting trivia question. You can read his article of Google effect here.

    John also talked about Wikipedia and how it refused to publish some relevant information as the number of casualities from Iraq. Some people Twittered: Wikipedia really isn't democratic! John Bohannon also revealed his approach to using Wikipedia. He doesn't edit entries but rather participates in the discussions. He said according the Wikipedia there are half a million people worth knowing. Computers are stupid until they develop Artificial Intelligence and kill us ;-)

    John also talked about Google N-gram database as a tool for massive research.

    What he did was also to google the other speakers from the open plenary and disclose this information in his speech which he did in a very witty way. @triabaling twittered: "John Bohannon took a large social risk (by googling his speaker colleagues and sharing peculiar details), but came out on top."

    On the whole this presentation was one of the best I have heard live and virtual. Tweeple were writing:  A most impressive speaker! SUPERB!  It really was fantastic! Strong, interesting and daring keynote by John Bohannon. No slides, no notes, awesome data insights, lots of humour, connected with audience AND other keynotes!

  10. John Bohannon talking about the Google Effect #oeb11
    John Bohannon talking about the Google Effect #oeb11
  11. Also see the live blog by Hans de Zwart where he jotted down some of his impressions on the openening plenary
  12. And then there was this wonderful cartoonist - @saurau from Finland who sketched these wonderful notes from speakers' presentations on the fly! Amazing - view her visual notes on Posterous!!!
  13. Without Google & Wikipedia I am stupid - Sketchnotes by @saurau #OEB11
    Without Google & Wikipedia I am stupid - Sketchnotes by @saurau #OEB11
  14. The visual notes by @saurau got featured at Sketchnote Army:
  15. Another speaker was Jeff Borden (Pearson) - here you can read Pearson's round-up .
  16. Online Educa Berlin also hosted Live Radio - the OEB11 radio channel was provided by Pontydysgu/DS160 Radio ( Sounds of the Bazaar produced by Graham Attwell and Friends included interviews with speakers, feedback from delegates, news, views and gossip, as the OEB11 programme puts it. This year I was not interviewing, but was interviewed by Helen Keegan. We chatted about out iCollaboration project which you can follow on Twitter - #iCollab11. You can listen to the recordings online - see the link below.