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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Location, Location

Location-aware devices hold promise for learning (simple things like walking past an old building and being able to see – on your phone – images of the building as it was being constructed, notable events, a history of ownership, even real estate listings for similar buildings). Location awareness comes with a privacy issues. Most of [...]

On being rather pathetic with visuals

I have been blessed with an astonishing inability to draw or create visuals. Periodically, I will use Gliffy or Fireworks and create a graphic.The resulting image will reveal the severity of my condition. In spite of this, I am committed to improving my use of visuals in expressing ideas. I turned, of course, to Twitter [...]

Generation G

Generational distinctions are usually flawed. It’s comical to take an entire group and define them by select attributes. To some degree, an era can be defined by a vague feel/spirit (the 1960′s, 70′s, 80′s still conjure strong images of music, culture, and spirit…but even then, that spirit varies from country to country. I suspect Cindi [...]

Open Educational Resources

Scott Leslie is hosting a three-week SCoPE discussion on open educational resources. No charge to participate. Scott’s discussion will go much deeper than the short presentation I delivered last week on open educational resources: recording and slides.

Web 2.0 Called; It Says It’s Just An Ad Platform Now

I’ve whined before about how web 2.0 was/is a threat to open source software. Open source is an ideology (although watered down from Stallman’s initial version) about openness, democracy, and participation. Web 2.0 is about free of cost. It’s a soul-less version of open source that relies on certain external conditions for it’s existence. Ideologies [...]

Adults and Social Network Sites

Pew Internet’s recent report – Adults and Social Network Sites (.pdf) – doesn’t offer anything dramatically new for those who have been active in online social networking sites. Of greatest interest is the growth over the last three years – 35% of adults have a profile, four times the number from 2005…but significantly less than [...]

Time to end “courseocentricism”

Aside from winning the most awkward new term – courseocentricism (why not just course-centricism?) – this article makes a compelling case for the limitations of current views of courses. The author appeals for ending course silos as a way to improve consistency across curriculum and thereby produce a more integrated or connected body of knowledge. [...]

The season of predictions

The season of predictions is upon us. I’ve never been fully convinced of the value of predictions (if someone says 2009 is the year of the mobile phone, what does that mean to me? What should I do differently? Use my phone more? Text more?). Ironically, the value of predictions is less in what they [...]

At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard

It’s encouraging to see universities adopting different approaches to teaching. While research on the so-called learning sciences is not fully settled, enough is understood about learning to warrant significant reconsideration of how teaching occurs in universities. At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard: The physics department has replaced the traditional large [...]

Frustrating Conferences…

Conferences are terrific opportunities for meeting colleagues, encountering new ideas, and getting as sense of what’s happening “over there”. For dissemination of knowledge (information, really, but knowledge is the term most people relate to), few processes are more valuable. But conferences can be frustrating. Very frustrating. Who hasn’t encountered the joy of sitting in a [...]