It’s not 1996 – this century is a different place – The Innovation Unit Forums

The Innovation Unit – It’s not 1996 – this century is a different place – The Innovation Unit Forums
It’s not 1996 – this century is a different place –

These people want to know what you think – now’s your chance 🙂

Stephen Heppell describes a world that is collaborative, peer-to-peer and mobile; where process is more important than practice. How would you measure success in this world – more joy, more smiling … ? What can you do to make it happen?

Interesting conversation? It should be but it hasn’t happened yet. The (ex-DFES) Innovation unit have made a public forum to try to start some discussions about the future of education in the UK but there’s not much going on there yet. One clue to the problem might be that you have to register to participate. If this is the case then it is a shame. It only took me a few minutes to register and it’s a nice, fairly user-friendly interface. You can quickly create a profile and upload an avatar. So come on why not join in the discussions?
(For the techie amongst you I think the web site is Joomla, and I think they’d be better with blogs and comments but hey what do I know?)


4 thoughts on “It’s not 1996 – this century is a different place – The Innovation Unit Forums

  1. Hello Linda,

    I would tend to agree with you here, but then they don’t have the experience of using online tools like we have. The DfES themselves are still at the very beginning in their understanding of online participation and debate.

    I just don’t see many sites exploring the different forms of online debate, hotseating, threaded discussions, round robin. There is a way to go yet I feel in people understanding online discussions.

    (is it me or does this text change between grey and green? – quite disturbing!)

  2. Hi Jonathan,
    I’m not really critical of their approach, just not sure it’s quite right for what they are trying to do. It’s great though that they want to engage people 🙂
    I’ve applied to join their TalktoLearn forum as well but that is even more heavily gated. I wonder if it comes back to an old bone of conntention – the theory that people need confined, password protected space to feel safe posting because of trust issues?
    BTW – the text goes grey when you move the mouse arrow off the text entry box. It will change soon I hope when I get my nice shiny new theme 🙂

  3. Hi Linda

    Thank you for spreading the word about our forum, which, as you observe has not generated much comment so far.

    I wonder if others agree that it is the fact that people have to register that is deterring them from contributing? As you say, it is not particularly onerous to do so. Maybe it has more to do with a lack of confidence in online communication … for many people it is still a daunting experience.

    I would be interested to hear the views of people who pass by here.

    And if anyone would like to contribute to the original debate, you views will be most welcome: see Linda’s link above!

    (One minor correction, The Innovation Unit is now an independent company, not part of the DfES.)

  4. Hi Gillian,
    I’ve up-dated the post to show you are not DFES any more. There are lots of people who are getting more comfortable communicating online, partly they are doing that by commenting on blogs. People who pass by here tend to be less daunted by the online environment than most 🙂 so let’s hope they come and join in!

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