Ralf

ePedagogy(Bar)Camp Barcelona?

Barcamp

The next international Seminar is said to be in the begin of October and should be held in Barcelona (great!).

I thougt about if a BarCamp as a open Structure for this Seminar might be right decision. For those of you who don’t know yet what a BarCamp is:

BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.

Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join.

When you come, be prepared to share with barcampers.

When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.

Source: barcamp.org
In my opinion the Part of exchanging knowledge should be implemented much more in our coming up meetings. In our last Seminar I recognised that everybody is working on very interesting stuff, somehow related to our common interest. I’d love to hear/see more of that. I was very much impressed by what Nora & Co and Linda showed us.

At Barcamp.org you can not only find hints on organizing a BarCamp but also Rules of BarCamps and Information on BarCamps close to your plaze like in Helsinki on the 10th May or Amsterdam had his 4th on April 5th.
In Germany are a lot of BarCamps and Alex and me are going to participate in the EduCamp from April 18th till April 20th in Ilmenau.

So may be this kind of (un-)conference is suiteable for our coming up ePedagogy meetings but what do you think?

5 Responses to “ePedagogy(Bar)Camp Barcelona?”

  1. Owen Says:

    I completely agree with Ralf.

    I looked at the rules and especially like the “NO SPECTATORS, ONLY PARTICIPANTS” rule. That would mean that everyone would have to give a presentation on something they had done/thought, or were about to do (including both students AND ‘teachers’).

    I assume that these would be demonstrations and not lectures. A barcamp would probably not be the right place for anyone to give a two hour lecture on iconography in the twentieth century, for example.

    It would be good if there was a long lead-in time where everyone knew what everyone else was planning, so that we could avoid duplication and form teams wherever possible.

    So if someone was interested in pursuing iconography in the twentieth century they could announce in advance that they intended to build a working learning object during the barcamp and ask for team members to help them. Then the team could turn up with suitable material already to hand, and actually do something with it during the time in Barcelona.

    Sounds good to me :)

  2. eva Says:

    I also think Ralph’s idea can be very useful.

    I think in last seminar we lack of moments for discussion, and, personally, I feel we should focus the seminar in this exchanges of opinions. Otherwise the only ones which expose their “conclusions” or questions are the ones who do a presentation.

    I like the idea of the barcamp. However I would propose that prior arriving to the seminar we already start to post doubts, questions… whatever comes and we don’t have the time to have an open discussion. Therefore, I think it would be easier to organize when we start the seminar.

    I’ve also thought that it could be interesting to have some kind of workshops. However, I’m not very convinced about this because this would require that someone takes the leading role and this would require much preparation before.

    Anyway, it would be nice to read everybody’s opinion about this because it deals precisely with participation… ;)

  3. Arie Says:

    I just searched for some ‘definitions’ on the concept ’seminar’ in Google (define:seminar) and I found a lot of useful ‘definitions’ that bounced from the ceiling (structured lectures with room for discussion) down to the hard floor of ‘useful demonstrations’. Perhaps a workable truth could be found somewhere in between (halfway, without loss of quality).

    I fully agree with Owen, when he states: ‘no specators, only participants’, the problem however is that organizing every possible spectator into a contributing participant requires a lot of preparation. But since we are all students in the academic sense (study topics of interest, researchers in our own domains) we could end up with a seminar without straight content structured meetings. We are supposed to be serious hard-boiled scientists, but we all have our hobby’s, don’t we? (this, ofcourse, is followed by self-criticizing laughter)

    So: let’s agree on some topics that structure our seminar (our half year ‘themes’). For instance: a morning session on ‘interfaces’ (with a few short readings that have been published here in advance, with a lot of -structured – discussion), an afternoon with demonstrations on topics that cover this theme. Next day: next theme with demos). And perhaps: a guest lecturer.
    This is a serious breach with former seminars, where the topics were clear, but the ‘leading principles’ were left out because of the very practical reason that we have projects and lots of interesting things around our MA.

    But this sounds much too structured, I’m afraid. But, then: it’s still called a ’seminar’. It only does not last a week…

    Just some thoughts trying to accomplish the impossible…

  4. Moira Says:

    Unconference in Barcelona sounds good.

    The concept might be clear for you but here are couple of links to the subject:

    Wikipedia and unconference unconference

    Business 2.0 Mag article, Why “unconferences” are fun conferences fun conferences

  5. Moira Says:

    Such a funny funny links I made:) Gimme me the visual editor, please!

    Anyway, here you find some practical tips how to host an unconference.

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