This morning a tweet came up on my TweetDeck window signaling the start of a micro-broadcast from the CNIE 2010 conference in Saint John, NB.
Scroll to 5:45 in the video below to get to the actual starting point.
Grant Potter of UNBC was broadcasting a live panel session using the UStream iPhone app. The panel featured Rory McGreal (Athabasca), Stephen Downes (NRC) and Liz Burge (UNB) talking about issues surrounding the use of open educational resurces (OER).
This was a quick hit of professional development that was both enjoyable and thought provoking. I especially liked Liz’s probes of OER value propositions from a practitioner perspective, and the response it it provoked from Stephen. Great fun, as well as stimulus for reflection and further consideration.
Two things were notable:
- The ease with which this sort of micro-broadcast could be done live, with relatively good picture and audio quality
- The potential that this medium has for quickly engaging a viewer with a high-level presentation or conversation, and for conveying the feeling that you are as much there as the audience was in Saint John
Although I didn’t ask a question, I know that had I tweeted to Grant he would have happily served as a proxy for a question.
Grant’s archive of CNIE 2010 micro-broadcasts is here.