Slideshare adds audio

Slideshare is the YouTube of PowerPoint.

Pretty nifty on its own. You upload the PowerPoint, then a flash-based version is created. This can be viewed on its own webpage or embedded in a blog. Just like YouTube videos.

But presentation slides don’t make a presentation.

So, Slideshare now allows you to upload an accompanying audio file. The presentation above – a Slidecast – shows you how easy it is to synchronise the PowerPoint and the audio clip.

Okay, ppt + audio doesn’t make a presentation either, but slides with audio is better than just the slides.

If it’s done properly.

(Direct link to Slidecast demo.)

The Machine is Us/ing Us

Michael Wesch is a genius! He explains Web 2.0 compellingly and succinctly. Mind you, this is apparently a draft. But one part of the last bit is stretching the point. Rethink love thanks to web 2.0?

I first posted this video here. Props to Ben Koe, whose blog is one of the many that featured this.

UPDATE Just discovered the transcript and the annotatable video version.

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Blogs & Feeds Presentation

Quickfire reflection on the Monday morning presentation to NUS Libraries staff:

  • Pace quickened compared to the trial-run, participants responsive during blogs, not so during feeds (perhaps an after-tea break effect?)
  • Didn’t get a chance to add more visuals, as originally intended. Will work on that for future presentations.
  • Handout should have explanatory notes if the respective slide(s) are vague/meaningless without the spoken word.
  • Need wireless presenter mouse and, if possible, laser pointer. Actually, need my own laptop… =P
  • Must add in section on blogging responsibly and blogging vis-à-vis corporation and its policies. Also something I should explore more in a personal context.
  • Prepare feedback forms and other printed material in advance!
  • Put email address and contact info in slides.

Overall, I had a good vibe from the librarians. They asked good questions throughout, and there was positive eye contact and body language. I was elated and humbled by the praise I received. This one stuck in my mind: a great way to start the week!

Indeed. =) Hope to see those RSS feeds soon!

Words straight from my mouth (almost)

Have to preface this post: I am writing all this in a personal capacity. In no way does this post (or anything on this blog for that matter) reflect the position of my employers.

I usually steer clear of mentioning work on my blog. Things are great, but they have the potential to be much, much greater. Today, I found two blog posts which reflected my position on certain workrelated issues almost perfectly.

Mr Justin Lee, you’ve got a friend in me.

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Nothing short of a miracle

…with the exception of the communication-oriented tools (discussion forum and on-line chat), [it] is principally a tool for disseminating course information (including course notes and lecture slides) and managing teaching. Unfortunately, providing convenient access to course information does not readily translate into student learning.

And for my next trick, I will attempt to spin this criticism – from another department – into an award-winning effort.

Difficult because my views are more in line with those of Stephen Downes:

What happens when online learning ceases to be like a medium, and becomes more like a platform? What happens when online learning software ceases to be a type of content-consumption tool, where learning is “delivered,” and becomes more like a content-authoring tool, where learning is created? The model of e-learning as being a type of content, produced by publishers, organized and structured into courses, and consumed by students, is turned on its head. Insofar as there is content, it is used rather than read— and is, in any case, more likely to be produced by students than courseware authors. And insofar as there is structure, it is more likely to resemble a language or a conversation rather than a book or a manual.

The e-learning application, therefore, begins to look very much like a blogging tool.

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