Monday, December 14, 2009

Preaching to the choir

Gartner Hype Cycle v2 It seemed like a simple idea back in September when I pitched it to the HEA Centre for Bioscience: an event aimed at the novice to moderate user of Web2.0 tools. After discussions, the outcome was the Enhancing Learning Through Web2.0 (#cfbweb2) event we are running on Wednesday, so we rolled out the publicity. And after a while, people signed up, which was nice.

The only trouble is, the majority of people who have signed up ain't exactly novices. Which raises a few problems:
  1. How do we get the phobes to engage?
  2. Should we try to get the phobes to engage, or just let them play with themselves?
  3. How do you bootstrap a culture of sharing in an academic community?
  4. How do we use this technology to achieve cost savings?
  5. How do we get policy makers to engage with these technologies as residents?
If we talk about some of these on Wednesday, I'll be happy, but not as happy as if we come up with some ways forward.