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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Lessons from the art of storyboarding

I’ve made a commitment to improving my ability to communicate with images. As a result, I’ve been more aware of visual communication strategies. Presentation Zen offers comments (and links to a video) onLessons from the art of storyboarding: Storyboarding as we know it may have been pioneered by film makers and animators, but we can [...]

How far have we come?

I’ve been collecting links and resources on early views of technology and the internet. News recordings from 1980s seem rather comical. And yet…consider what the next 25 years might bring. Here are two short clips of people grappling with what the internet might become. Peter Mansbridge the internet as a “15 million people revolution”. Fascinating, [...]

Rethinking the value of college

When higher education is viewed as being primarily about getting a job, reports of this nature understandably arise: “Today’s economic downturn has blindsided a generation of young people around the globe brought up to believe that a college degree guaranteed them financial prosperity. Whether in the US, China, or in countries in between, graduates from [...]

Academic Earth

In the spirit of “aggregation is content creation”, Academic Earth provides what it calls “thousands of lectures from the world’s top scholars”. Aside from being useful learning resources for individuals, I’d like to know how many universities are using lecture videos from other scholars/universities. I haven’t come across research to date that discusses how open [...]

The End of Solitude

The End of Solitude is an interesting essay. It induces, in me at least, that odd mixture of “yes! that’s it!” and “no, not at all”. In periods of solitude and reflection, the world seems more real to me than it does in periods hustle, distraction, and busy-ness. I partly agree with the author that: [...]

Technology and ideology

I view technology as being imbued with ideology. Technology is not neutral. A learning management system reflects a certain view on the part of designers. Second Life does as well. Social bookmarking tools also. (see the trend?). Technology is frequently thought of as “whatever has happened in the last several decades” (or, as Alan Kay [...]

Wikipedia – tightening editing

It is not much of a surprise that Wikipedia deals with consistent concerns about accuracy. Openness does not change humanity, but it does reveal its breadth. Those who have a penchant for destruction find openness as appealing as those who have a desire for creating something of value. To combat accuracy concerns, Wikipedia is considering [...]

Informal Learning Becomes Formal

Josh Bersin declares Informal learning becomes formal: “I am now 100% convinced that “informal learning” has become “formal.” That is, if you want to build a high-impact, cost-effective, modern training organization you must “formally adopt” informal learning.” Jay Cross has been advocating for informal learning longer than most…his blog and book are great starting points. [...]

Britannica and Wikipedia

Britannica has announced the rather inevitable inclusion of reader suggestions under the banner of “more participation, collaboration from experts and readers“. Disruptions and innovations either carve out an entirely new field, or they are co-opted by existing fields – consider the blogs that are now common on almost every newspaper website or the ireporter feature [...]

PLEs and NRC

Congratulations to Stephen Downes and NRC! In yesterday’s OLDaily, Stephen mentions approval for what looks like a large project on personal learning environments (PLEs). I couldn’t find a detailed description of the project, but from the hiring requirements (five positions) and length (three years), it’s reasonable to assume significant financial resources have been allocated. I’m [...]