Here come my impressions on Expoelearning Europe 2004.
First I have to say is that I only attended Thursday F/OSS sessions. I was not there on Wednesday and there will not be any Congress at all today because of the terrorist attacks in Madrid.
With no order, nor preference:
- I was happy to meet there some people I found really interesting: Jordi Vila, Eneko Arriaga and Albert Calvet, all of them from cv&aconsulting. I hope we meet again: they had ideas I shared about free software, LSMs and free software based LMSs. Their expertise in Moodle is something I’d like them to share with me in other circumstances: more time, more face-to-face, etc.
- eLearning Workshops. I had included the site in my links, but I think it’s worth mentioning again. A good place about e-learning in general
- “e-learning: business is in the learning, not in the e” by Jordi Vila. I loved this one: couldn’t agree more
- MIT .LRN. I had not heard about this, had I? As it was released on April 23th, 2003, I guess I had not. But I’ll keep an eye on it from now on, bet on it! Btw: .LRN is MIT’s free software LMS. A good companion for OpenCourseWare
- F/OSS maintenance: “you don’t pay a lawyer for the Laws, but for his expert knowledge” by Carlos Moreno, Hispalinux Education Coordinator. Software as a service, not a product. Another concept I share.
- Claroline: I did not like it. Too simple. Easy to handle, easy to support, but yet too simple. Hope the Dokeos affaire gets clear [via Octeto]
- Moodle: I liked it. And I really loved its plannification and content manager and content/evaluation authoring tools. Simple, direct but powerful.
- By the way, I did not know that people behind Octeto where the Moodle translators to Spanish :)
Although I expected a little bit more from the Congress, I feel it was worth it being there.
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2004) “Expoelearning Europe 2004: report” In ICTlogy,
#6, March 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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