VMS successfully hosted a breakfast this morning at the Mercure Hotel Sydney. Recently DEC ran a very different conference “1:1 Learning Unconference” and this morning we had Ben Jones, the facilitator of this conference speak about what they set out to achieve, the challenges and the outcomes.
It was a fascinating presentation about breaking the traditional conference model which is presenting from top down to learning from the bottom up. It focussed on enabling people to share ideas, participate in discussion and to learn from each other rather than tradational presentation. The key appears to be in the preconference preparation and communication through establishing a series of communication platforms. Another is the ability to get past traditional thinking and establish how participants can best learn. Its breaking down those elements and treating them in an unconventional way incorporating the use of mobile technology and media platforms.
I would suggest it was the most important breakfast seminar we have held. Another is planned for February where we intend to expand upon the use of mobile technology within the conference framework. Stay tuned. Mike Schrafft – Director