Here in the U.S., the holiday season is in full swing and 2011 is just days away. So maybe that's why I waxed nostalgic when I received this request last Wednesday from a senior lecturer in London.
I would be grateful if you could provide the webcast link again for the keynote presentation at the Syllabus Fall 2003 conference, held Dec. 8-10, 2003, in Cambridge, Mass. by Mr. Strauss. The links below do not appear to be active anymore. I show this webcast to my students and past experience showed that they appreciated it.
Thanks in advance,
Panos Hahamis, Senior Lecturer
Course Leader - MA in Public Services Management
Business Information, Management and Operations (BIMO)
Westminster Business School
University of Westminster
Hmm. 2003? As in seven years ago to the day?
I'll admit I was skeptical. We've been through multiple versions since then, not to mention staff changes, server changes, building changes. Even the conference changed its name (you know it now as Campus Technology, and yes, we are still providing their conference webcasting services). Without anyone to stand up for this little catalog of 2003 content, what were the chances it would still be hosted on our servers, much less that it would have metadata such that we could locate it quickly?
Oh, but it was. In less than five minutes, our hosting manager had located the conference recordings, and the catalog and its four event webcasts were all still live. And get this – based on the reporting, all four were still being watched!
It made Panos’ day. It made my day. And in appreciation, he agreed to answer some questions about how this all came to pass.
ESA: Hi Panos, you recently contacted us about a presentation that was originally recorded in 2003. How did you first become aware of that presentation?
PH: Back in 2004-2005, when I was a Masters student myself, a multimedia tutor showed it to us, but I cannot recall in which capacity and/or context.
ESA: Why did you decide to start using it in your class?
PH: I am teaching the Networking and the Internet module to undergraduate students. Part of it is rich media on the internet, utilizing web technologies. I thought to use the Mediasite webcast Sonic Foundry captured as a good example, highlighting both the tools/technologies, as well showing them what is the ‘future’ of IT/web. I first showed it in 2005, and it received a very positive response from the students.
ESA: Why have you continued to show it over the years?
PH: The webcast in question, the luncheon keynote by Howard Strauss, Manager of Technology Strategy and Outreach at Princeton University, is quite prophetic, as it was recorded in 2003 and predictions made then are happening every day since. I’ve used it every time I teach this course.
ESA: What would you tell someone who was thinking about deleting their presentations from previous years?
PH: To keep webcasts of this kind as they are quite rich in content and educational!
The only negative to this whole exchange? Howard Strauss isn’t around to enjoy the story. He passed away in September 2005. EDUCAUSE gave him their highest individual recognition award posthumously, “for visionary, entertaining and provocative thought leadership in the world of higher education information technology.”
But, particularly at this time of year, I love knowing that in an undergraduate business course at the University of Westminster, and on our servers here in Madison, his inspiring work lives on.