Prepping the Web 2.0 workshop is harder than I thought…

Working on the Web 2.0 workshop
I’m having a hard time keeping things simple and under an hour…

I’ll admit it, I haven’t been blogging as much as I use to. I’m quite involved with an upcoming workshop on the read/write web. It’s hard keeping it simple… for instance, I could go quite far just on the topic of folksonomy itself. So many ideas come into mind to facilitate the understanding of this, but I’m definitely going to stick just one of them with since my ETC colleagues love the idea. Before the show officially starts, I’m going to have attendees tag themselves “five things” using post-it notes, as part of bringing Web 2.0 into Real-Life. I will then explain how it differs from taxonomy by showing how it is easier to discover more interesting people this way than if I were to sort people using one-dimensional categories (e.g. age, expertise, interests). If I have time, I could also aggregate attendees based on their tags cluster, or let them have a choice of colors for the post-it note, or… ok, I’m getting way out of line here.

For the other parts of the presentation, my strategy is to keep it simple and have attendees be able to “take away” the important stuff. Since I am addressing the UB faculty, I will be showing only web services that could help “open up” their classes to increase student participation. My rules for these web picks include 1) Free, 2) Transparency / Ease of use, 3) Visible benefit to learning, and possibly 4) FUN! (this is quite critical). You’ll have to stay tuned to my presentation to see which web services cover all these bases. Hat tip to my mentor Alex Halavais who got the ball rolling with his presentation on Blogs and Wikis not long ago (watch the video after the jump).

For those interested, the “Introducing to Web 2.0” workshop will be recorded using Camtasia and shared on the web. If you want to attend in person, it’s going to be on Monday, Feb 13th, 12pm at the Educational Technology Center. Don’t forget to register first!

11 thoughts on “Prepping the Web 2.0 workshop is harder than I thought…

  1. Brennan: I actually feel dirty saying “Web 2.0” so many times. I think most people don’t need to know what it is about, but what they can simply benefit from it (like most things in life). For those of us interested to know (like us bloggers), recognizing this movement benefits us as we could not only use it to our advantage, but play a part in contributing or even furthering the concept (e.g. Web 3.0 = Cultural change and going beyond the computer screen?)

  2. I pretty much had the same problems when I was writing a paper for my communications class. Stupidly, I choose to write on Web 2.0 and its relation to social development thereby overshooting the one thousand word limit.

  3. jer: i am insanely interested in the social aspects/potential/implications of this next phase(s) of the web. are you willing to share your paper (or summary?) with a Library Student/Blogger?

    kevin i’ll see you on Monday! am very much looking forward to seeing you lecture in person as i certainly have been following your online course (theory.isthereason.) – j

  4. Ivan: Since you’re also teaching web 2.0-ish stuff, isn’t it awesome how blogs allow you to share concepts and ideas naturally in conversation which would otherwise be hard to pen down in formal documentation?

  5. Sigh… I’m old skool. This Web 2.0 thing sounds pretty much like it will ressurect the old user interface wars we used to fight with users.

    Just when we have the users focus on business needs and not on UI bells and whistles, here comes Web 2.0…

    Anyway, what’s your view on AJAX vs. WPF, given that AJAX and WPF are based on non-open technologies?

    Damn… I’m tired of this. Will move to SOA to avoid all of this.

    As for sharing concepts and ideas, I think blogging is the way to go in terms of informal software development collaboration.

    I tested it out with a team of developers and blogging seems to lower the inhibitions about sharing progress, risks, concerns and rants.

    The CSF for this is the appropriate use of tags or categories so that I can sort out the wheat and the chaff.

    I will be testing out WiKi as a collaboration tool for script and story writing soon.

  6. i wish to throw a shoutout to jer, who shared his work on social aspects of web 2.0 with me, thereby practising the very ideals we are all talking about! the piece was an excellent summary/starting point for me to begin articulating this exciting phenomenon. thanks again to jer, kevin, and the blogosphere! -jennimi

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