As part of my JHU-ISTE administration program, I am completing an internship with ISTE’s webinar department. My task for the next couple weeks is to research potential topics for next year’s webinars. Once we establish the topics, I will then explore potential speakers. Sounds a bit familiar, I know.
While this certainly won’t prove as exciting a topic as that, I do think this is a good opportunity for you to voice your opinion on what ISTE should pursue next year. If you look over this year’s offerings, you can get a sense for what topics have been a focus of late.
I certainly have some thoughts on potential topics. I think a session on school law and teaching practices would be a fascinating topic. I also believe a general session on social media’s role in learning would be of equal interest. I’d be interested in hearing about how Linux could be used to save costs and increase student access. And I’d love to hear how to develop online learning experiences that break from the traditional mold of old educational practices simply being replanted in the online soil. I’d also love to hear about specific instructional/learning design for students living in a connected world.
I could go on, but I’d prefer this to be research I conduct collectively. I’d like to know what topics you’d like to hear about. I will take these suggestions and present them to the webinar project manager for ISTE. She has agreed to consider the possibility of all requests.
I’d also like to gather any other feedback you might have about the ISTE webinar series. What has value? What needs changing? This part is me going off script, but I’d still like to know. Because I’m curious.
While I can’t promise you a grand voting experience that everyone will be talking about for the next six months, I can promise that your input will be valued and considered for future webinars.
So, what do you got?