Ideas from the European Ecommerce Conference

Guest author: César Córcoles Briongos
Lecturer at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

 

César Córcoles is a lecturer at the Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunication Department at the Open University of Catalonia, where he teaches the scientific subjects of the Multimedia Grade.

His interest areas are the use of multimedia and interactive tools (motion, 3D visualization) for the teaching of sciences, with a special interest on Mathematics and Physics.

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Maybe it is true that when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but while attending the European Ecommerce Conference (held in Barcelona on october 21) I couldn’t help relating the three talks I liked best to current interests in the world of e-Learning…

 

 

 

Chris Anderson talks in NYC on may 08, picture by Robert Scoble on Flickr under CC License 

  • First, there was Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, and quite famous because of his The Long Tail book (and website). He is currently about to finish his next book, Free, which should be out next year and deals with, unsurprisingly, business models implying free products and services. While ‘free’ has been around for a long time, the new ‘bit economy’ makes it much more important. One of the basic ideas is ‘you shouldn’t be selling goods that stopped being scarce’ (and thus easy to charge for), e.g. digital music… or any kind of digital content, actually. Which leads to think about OER as a good idea to promote Universities’ services and certifications around them.
  • Then there was Gavin Potter (of Netflix Prize fame, and featured in Wired magazine) talking about recommendation engines for on-line shops (and personals sites!)… that is so close in so many aspects to the personalization of learning itineraries that some of my colleagues are working on.
  • And finally we’ve had the pleasure of listening to David Recordon, founder of OpenID and currently Open Platforms Tech Lead at Six Apart, talking about the use of OpenID and a few other open APIs that one could/should use to build an open stack for web applications… and which could be recycled to talk about personal learning environments.

It’s strange how can someone think so much about e-Learning at an e-commerce conference…

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