No end of activities going on for me. I just returned from a trip to talk about Web 2.0. Lot's of interesting discussion and actually the bigger interest was on how dW manages a community.
I should be heading out again to the Web 2.0 conference by O'Reilly in November. (If you are at the show please come by the developerWorks booth and keep me company for a few minutes.) Things are obviously heating up for the startup market in this area. I'm going to have to take a closer look at some of the companies going to the conference.
One question I do get about our MIS course is what Web2.0 products we use and talk about. We use mostly open source tools like MoinMoin for a wiki, Wordpress for blogs, and Audacity for recording podcasts. However, we do talk about a whole lot more sites and products than what we use. Obviously it is hard to put all of these into use for several reasons: (a) time, (b) longevity, (c) utility, and (d) topic.
Even with a 14-week semester course there is a whole lot to discuss in this space. Any tool that you put into the course requires us to at least have a half-class on using the tool (as well as time in followup classes to discuss uses), and preparing a proper assignment for the tool. Next, the Web2.0 market is changing so rapidly, today's players may be tomorrow's laggards; it's hard enough to follow. The utility of the tool may depend on the environment we have; not all tools are readily something you can use for a class environment. Finally, the most important is if it fits into the overall topic. This is not intended to be a tools or programming class and we want to build a general knowledge about the types or categories of tools that are the most prevalent or significant.
This is why the majority of the tools mentioned in the course are discussion or presentation items only. In time, we may accommodate more tooling but that is still secondary to the knowledge we want the students to gain.
So for the Web2.0 conference, I'll be keeping an eye out for dW, for this class, and just for general interest too.
Web2.0 conference, topics and the course