I’m Not as Entertaining as I Think

People are Cruel.  Don’t be Cruel. Each year I am saddened by the nasty things that people are willing to say in an anonymous evaluation that they would not be willing to say to your face or even in a written evaluation with their name attached to it. I have posted previously about this with regard to my performance evaluation at the college. I have also written about how you can have 19 positive (even glowing) comments but it sticks with you and overrides the other comments when that 20th person says something nasty – at least it does for me.

This came up again last week when we (the ITC Board of Directors) received the conference evaluation results from eLearning 2009. Overall the evals are very, very positive. The conference committee and the Board should take great pride in the overall nature of the comments and ratings.

I participated in the Grand Debate at the conference. The Grand Debate is a conference tradition that occurs after lunch is served on the first full day of the conference, which happens to be a Sunday. Bryan Alexander and Brian Lamb delivered our top two keynote speeches; which is a calculation based on the evaluation scores received. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest, they were rated on the basis of 1) Topic, 2) Content, and 3) Presentation. Both of those keynotes had outstanding scores from the attendees filling out the evaluations. I was surprised to see that the Grand Debate also had a rating that was right in line with these two great keynotes.

136 people rated this session in the conference evaluation. Many positive comments were made and there were many 5’s on the numerical ratings. However, amidst all the glowing comments and ratings, there were a couple of comments that stood out, in particular, this one:

  • “I’m tired of Barry Dahl – he’s just not as entertaining as he thinks he is – get rid of him!”

I don’t care how you slice it, that’s just mean. But for the record, I also think I’m better looking than I really am.

Tweets from My Peeps 07/01/09

More Twitter goodness. Links to useful stuff.

mwesch my slides from #pdf09 http://www.mediafire.com/?j… “The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity”

sherrymn RT @barrydahl: 1st keynote scheduled for EAT-IT 09. Chris Duke followed the theme with: “PLE is Educationally Delicious, EAT-IT!” @cmduke

rww Look Out, Twitpic: Flickr Now Tweeting Images http://bit.ly/ZAO3f

kylemackie #D2L09 via Stephen Downes: “I’m not sure an unconference works at an LMS vendor conference, but it’s worth a try…” http://bit.ly/uGaZj

jclarey How Kids Use Media http://bit.ly/6jVlU (teens not uniquely wired but artifact of larger demographically broader shifts in media behavior)

cburell New post: “The Asians Aren’t Coming! The Asians Aren’t Coming” http://is.gd/1jabn Can we relax yet?

JenniSwenson 35 Awesome Augmented Reality Examples on BannerBlog News http://ow.ly/15Gspo via @tasty_links

tonykarrer del.icio.us: 5 Tips for Creating, Promoting and Managing a LinkedIn Group http://tinyurl.com/lz34bt

presentationzen How to tweet during a presentation? http://bit.ly/lLnqO via @bakadesuyo @DrShock Speaking about Presenting

busynessgirl Wolfram|Alpha can easily plot two graphs with natural language: http://tinyurl.com/m8j4u3

ajwms RT @barrydahl: Finding value in paper about “Edgeless Universities” by Peter Bradwell (Demos) via Jane Hart @c4lpy http://is.gd/1itFL

jasongreen From NY POST – Don’t Get that College Degree http://bit.ly/12CtYM