There are a couple fun things to note before Educause kicks off later this afternoon here in Dallas. For one, I just celebrated my 15th year at Sun last week. I remember being an intern back in Operations in 1984 working at station #1 on the Sun-2 120 production line in Building 1. Fun times, smart people, doughnuts every wednesday and beer every friday with Scott. We were so stoked making our customer commitments of around 30 systems a month! Many of those systems went to places like MIT, Stanford, Berkeley and Cal Tech which is what got me interested in technology in learning in the first place. Thanks Sun for a great journey, an even better future and the new Kayak. !
This past summer though has been a particularly chaotic re-org that we are all still dusting off from a bit. Finally, after several months of a real lack of clarity in what I'm supposed to do and why, I now officially have a new job. For the past 4 years I have been responsible for both the e-learning and Library/Museum communities for Sun's Global Education & Research organization. It has been a great experience, but also a bit overwhelming as there are so many topics and domains to know that I really felt like I couldn't do a very good job at either one. Yet, strangely enough, both were coming together in issues and strategy as digital convergence drives them together.
In the end though, the most interesting thing about learning to me is the premise that it's fun. The idea that people generally want to learn things about which they are passionate about. And, that we all learn in different ways. So, when the decision time came to choose which fork in the road to take, it was the e-Learning path (though I hate that term).
So it's day one at Educase in Dallas and with a new focus on digital learning. There are some very cool things we are leading and one in particular caught my eye today to pursue called Digital Promise. It seems like something we should be involved in as the company with a charter like bridging the digital divide and driving the age of participation. Here's an outline of the areas of focus for the year ahead: