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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Educational Technology Conferences

Clayton R. Wright compiles the most comprehensive list of educational technology conferences. With his permission, I have posted his list for ed tech conferences from Jan-Aug 2009 (.doc). Great resource!

Top 10 forecasts for the future

I’m not sure why future forecasts always require 10 items. Why not 6? or 11? Does selecting a nice round number like ’10′ provide a glimpse into our assumptions that the future will exhibit some type of order? The World Future Society has listed its top 10 trends for 2009 and beyond. Some are fairly [...]

The Pirate Hoax

The Pirate Hoax is generating strong reactions. Basically, a professor asked his students to a series of fabricated resources posted on Blogs, Wikipedia, and YouTube, and promoted on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. The project was discontinued once actual historians – colleagues of the professor who initiated the project – “bought into the hoax”. Deliberating [...]

Quest for Expertise

How long does it take to become an expert? Generally, a 10-year rule is applied. I’ve seen this referenced in numerous books and articles, most recently in Gladwell’s new book Outliers. On a recent (long) trip, I had time to read both Outliers and Expertise and Expert Performance. The 10-year rule figures prominently in both, [...]

Trends with Games

Video games warrant far more attention than they receive in traditional media. The odd TV program or magazine article tries to address the significance of this field. But to understand gaming requires participation. The days of N64 have yielded to online, immersive, multiplayer, and interactive (Wii) games, and high powered consoles. Games are not confined [...]

Industries in transition

I have the rather biased view that higher education will be subject to enormous change in the next decade. It won’t just be change around the edges (new programs or new technology added to existing methods) like we’ve experienced in the past. It will be change that systemically redefines the enterprise of education. With this [...]

State of the Twittersphere?

While technology moves forward, buzzwords apparently do not. Technorati publishes an almost annual state of the blogosphere (btw – I hardly ever use technorati – Google Alerts seems to suffice). In the spirit of true creativity (?) we know have the state of the twittersphere. Growth has been tremendous for Twitter. I haven’t heard much [...]

Changing shape of universities?

In an effort to create a more articulate argument for why systemic changes are required in higher education, I’ve spent the last several months digging through resources, articles, and books. Most resources are not publicly accessible. Articles require journal access, books usually don’t allow direct links to chapters. It’s difficult to share or engage with [...]

Facebook vs. Google

Earlier this year, the short term future of the internet included a four company race: Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google. Since that time, Yahoo has managed to successfully exclude itself. They are now best seen as an acquisition opportunity. Microsoft is still trying to figure out how it can apply a similar lock to the [...]

Balance between individual and group-genius

Science and art have been historically been defined by individual genius. In the 50′s, individual invention gave way to group/institutional invention (i.e. Bell Labs). Now it appears that loosely connected networks of specialized expertise (such as pharmaceutical networks or the network that was formed to research SARS at the height of the crisis in 2003) [...]