Gardner Campbell, Computers as Poetry

I have lost count of the number of people who have asked for the media for Gardner Campbell’s wonderful session at UBC last month, “Computers as Poetry.” I just got the results back from the lab today, and while I need another viewing and some thinking time to be able to respond to it at all properly, I don’t want to let my sluggish mind keep you from this:

This isn’t a light talk. But if you block off the time, settle in and give it attention, you will be rewarded with an experience unlike anything else I can think of in this domain.

I recommend you watch the talk via the show page, the video quality on the bigger screen is pretty good. Commuters might prefer the portable audio version (160kbps MP3, 1hr 09min, 80MB).

If you prefer Vimeo to, here you go

Gardner followed up his formal address with a deceptively freewheeling facilitated discussion that also has the magic. It’s a shame that the audience contribution is inaudible, but Gardner’s performance here gives a sense of his gifts as a teacher. Video here, audio here.

While I cannot do Gardner’s sessions justice before reviewing them, I can say that his performance and presence in Vancouver has only deepened my already profound affection and admiration for him. If nothing else, I now understand why so many of my favorite people in the education technology space have a background in literature. And I feel like he has also given me a set of keys that open up connections between the person I am now, and the person I was more than a decade ago…

Yes, Dr. Glu rocked my world

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3 Responses to Gardner Campbell, Computers as Poetry

  1. Scott Leslie says:

    “And I feel like he has also given me a set of keys that open up connections between the person I am now, and the person I was more than a decade ago…” Wow, beautifully said. I tried to communicate this exact sentiment (in much less eloquent terms) to Gardner after the talk. As I mentioned to him then, giving me the Eliot quote to read at the end “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” felt rather uncanny.

  2. Thanks for posting this! Gardner Campbell rocks my world – he’s one of my blogging and elearning heroes. For me, it’s only a greater plus that he’s also a literature teacher 🙂

  3. Brian says:

    Scott, I was so glad you were able to make it out for the talk… debriefing with someone who had so many similar reactions was immensely useful for me.

    Debbie, you are in for a treat!

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