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AG08 – Day 2 – Summary April 16, 2008

Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
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Another successful day, but I’m so worn out! I’m ready for a 24-hour hibernation…

This morning’s keynote was great. It was John Patrick discussing the Future of the Internet. He didn’t necessarily apply the keynote much to eLearning, but it was very interesting and thought-provoking. I’ll let Inge de Waard fill you in. She did a great job of live-blogging the session, and she managed to grab some video, too.

I attended these sessions today:

  • The Current and Future State of SCORM and Other e-Learning Standards (Rovy Branon)
  • Scanning the Globe: Connecting your Digital World to the World Around You (Brent Schlenker)

My session, Working Harmoniously with your IT Department (Yes, It Can Be Done!), went well. We only had about 12 people in the room, but the discussions were great. Everyone(!) participated and we got some good thoughts out on the table. (Note: Many sessions were lightly-attended today. It was sunny outside and I suspect many people chose to hang out at DisneyWorld…đŸ™‚ )

Here are a few scattered thoughts from today:

  • When SCORM is discussed, people get out their pitchforks and start inching toward presenters. Evidently, there’s still some animosity over its inability to be completely plug-and-play. Too many vendors have implemented loose interpretations of the SCORM runtime, and eLearning developers are the lucky ones who have to troubleshoot the shortcomings. Rovy Branon from the ADL Co-Lab was brave enough to field some questions, but unfortunately there aren’t any big answers on the horizon.
  • SCORM sequencing is a bit too buggy and/or complicated to be easily used. I’ve felt this way for a while, but this was validated today.
  • SCORM will soon be taken over by an international non-profit organization called Learning-Education-Training Systems Interoperability (LETSI).

I promised to put my session handouts up on this site, but I probably won’t get to it for several days. If you’d like a copy, please email me at bjschone at gmail dot com.

I’ve been hanging out with Tracy Hamilton (from Discovery Through eLearning), Gary Hegenbart (from eLearning Development News), and Mark Chrisman (from badsquare). It’s nice to meet everybody in person… A few of us are headed out to an Irish pub tonight. Should be fun!



1. Laura Kratochvil - April 16, 2008

Thanks so much BJ for this great documentary on the “AG”…I wish I could’ve gone, but can live vicariously thru your blogging. Thanks so much for doing this…Enjoy Florida.

2. Gary Hegenbart - April 16, 2008

B.J. – Rovy was indeed a brave man. And the real-world contact with others has definitely been the high point for me. That and the Irish brews…

3. B.J. Schone - April 16, 2008

Laura – You’re welcome! I hope to see you at DevLearn 2008…or at the next Annual Gathering!

Gary – Agreed. Beer always helps. đŸ™‚

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