After months and months and months of planning, the Learning2Build/Building2Learn Unconference has just ended. Reflective learner and practitioner that I am, I can’t help but immediately want to evaluate and assess to what extent we achieved our objectives as event organizers. And, true to life, I find that in some ways it was a (and hear Borat in your head, please) Greeeeeeat success! and in other ways it was a complete and epic failure. In order to address this question, we have to know what our objectives are. In this case, we had several:
- Create a space in which K-12 and college/ university educators can collaborate.
- Gather change agents working in education, especially, but not exclusively, those in the Rochester area.
- Empower learners to take ownership of their own learning.
- Utilize a presentation method in which the medium is imperative to the message.
Our first and second objectives were absolutely met. K-12 and college/ university educators did indeed gather at RIT on a frigid Saturday morning to discuss how we can help students create more content than they consume, the barriers that keep us from shifting the create/consume balance, and successful methods for tearing down those barriers. There were scheduled sessions which included presentations, lectures, and demonstrations that were somehow related to this topic. There is a Facebook group, a Google+ community, YouTube Videos and a flood of #l2bb2l tweets that allow this fledgling community to remain in touch. It’s easy to see that the first two objectives were achieved.
The third and fourth objectives are much harder for me to evaluate. In reality, the event was far more conference than un.