Update: IL Transition

Twelve days ago, I announced that as of 12/31/2011 the Innovations Lab would no longer operate as part of Kaplan University.  I also mentioned that I, as a private citizen, would continue the tradition/mission of the Innovations Lab in 2012!  There are a few things that still need some i’s dotted and t’s crossed, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of the future.  Below is a mock-up of part of facebook page that I have been working on.

So what do we learn from this graphic:

  • There will be a new name for this endeavor: Innovator Network.  (This doesn’t necessarily mean different URLs; that is one of the details I am working on.)  The name signifies the importance of our connections with each other as part of a professional and learning network.
  • Blogging will continue to be a central part of the network.
  • I will continue to produce screencasts to  help people learn new tools and skills
  • There will still be events, but this will actually become diversified:
    • Weekly Webinars on Wednesday evenings
    • A Monthly Face-to-Face workshop held in Brattleboro, VT, and livestreamed via the web
    • Short courses delivered via Facebook.  In January, I will unveil a short two-week course on “Understanding Social Media Metrics.”   Each day will have a short video and other instruction, and we will use Facebook for discussion and peer support.
  • I will produce a website/tool that will allow folks to list themselves in an Innovator Network Directory.

What we don’t know for sure yet is:

  • URLs for blog and other complimentary websites.
  • What will happen to past content.

I hope to have excellent news on these unresolved topics by the end of the week.


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