Following Stephen Downes’ recent announcement, I was eager to tune into the webcast for the March 29-30 EduSource Learning Objects Summit— the agenda seems a fair mix of high level overview (yea!) and a pile of technical acronym soup sessions (pass the bowl to someone else). The Canadians really have their act together as far as collaborative approaches to educational technology issues, well at least from the perspective down here in the province of Arizona.
But like most of my attempts to reach or just see the summit of Mt. Hood, what starts our as a clear sunny day ends up in the clouds when you start up the mountain. The front page of the main site reads:
Note that registration is free but required. For those participants who will view via webcasting only, registration is not required.
but on the technical info page it says:
Registration is required for participation via Interwise and it is recommended that you test prior to use.
So what is it? Does one have to register or not to see this web cast? And there is no registration form, just an email and a phone number. I am lost on the trail, just trying to find the right signpost………. watch out for that eeeeeeeeeeeedge………..
Update Thanks to Shannon’s quick email response, now I understand, although D’Arcy’s comment below hinted. To view the webcasts (watch and listen only), you merely link/click to the video stream URL, put some popcorn in the microwave, and watch the show. The registration is required to tap into the sessions via InterWise, which supposedly allows you to also transmit audio and chat with other participants.
Still, the instructions from the web site are murky. This sounds like one of those times when the programmers are allowed to design web pages and instructions.