Some notes on the VEPodcast interview

I’m sure you’ve seen on my social media posts the links to Episode 18 of the Vocational Education Podcast. That’s because I was the interviewee on this episode! It was a great experience sitting down and talking to Dr. Dan, and I probably could have talked for another 20 minutes.

Of course, I hate listening to or watching myself, but I have listened to this podcast a few times and I wanted to clear up a few things, from this podcast and from my presentation:

Regarding biases

I am a Moodle & WordPress fan. That’s pretty obvious if you’re reading this blog. I’ve had some feedback that I am biased.

Well, yes I am. I have favourites that I’m used to using and that I like. But that doesn’t mean I’m saying these are the only solutions.

In fact, I was trying to make the point that I can’t know the software that will work best for you when I’m speaking from a podium or a podcast. The advice I was giving was general.

And while I have my favourites, that’s not to say other LMSes and CMSes aren’t good products.

Seek multiple sources and make a thoughtful consideration to what will work best for you.

Regarding SaaS

I may have misspoken when I discussed Software as a Service (SaaS) at the 12:37 mark of the interview. My intention was to raise the question about content ownership when using Software as a Service, not to imply that you unequivocally do not own the content. Read the terms carefully and consider how they apply to you, and your students, and if they comply with the regulations and policies of your training organisation.

They might. I didn’t mean to imply they won’t. Just do your homework.

And likewise, the other point I was trying to make is to do your backups. Everything might be kosher on paper, but if your hosting provider goes under, it all might be moot if you’re locked out of your content.

I’m not saying anyone is going under. And I’m not saying never trust a Software as a Service company. I’m just saying keep doing your homework.

Regarding a WC-Type Education Conference

I mentioned at 11:28 that it would be fantastic if someone did a WordCamp -Type conference focused on education.

It’s called WPCampus! Yes, it exists! It’s being held July 15 – 17 in New Orleans in 2020, so really what I should have asked for was a more local WordCamp-Type Education conference.

But who knows what the future holds. In fact, I happen to know the ElearningWorld podcast is going to be re-launched in 2020; perhaps I’ll revisit the art of the podcast interview.

Scott

Kenneth “Scott” Huntley is an Instructional Designer, LMS and WordPress consultant, EdTech conference junkie and all-around general tech nerd.

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