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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Online conference on improving conferences

Our online conference on improving traditional conferences is coming together rather nicely. We start tomorrow and run through until Friday. Speaker schedule is here. Our Ning site is here. Jay has posted a few thoughts on the need for online conferences…and shares the results from an informal survey about the state of conferences.

Learning and technology: success and strategy in a digital world

In late January, I presented at Learning Technologies 2009 in London. Had a great time (including spending time with Jay Cross getting depressed in the Imperial War Museum). I’ve posted a paper that I used as the basis for my talk: Learning and Technology: Success and strategy in a digital world. The paper focuses on [...]

Facebook on top

Facebook is creeping into all aspects of information exchange. Celebrities use it to share information with fans, businesses use it as a marketing tool, activists use it to generate support for causes, family members use it…well, you get the idea. For many, it has become the primary information and interaction tool. I haven’t read stats [...]

Video games are good for you!

This is the kind of report parents dream of – Video games are good for children: “video games can stimulate learning of facts and skills such as strategic thinking, creativity, cooperation and innovative thinking, which are important skills in the information society”. It reminds me of Steinkuehler & Duncan’s Scientific Habits of Minds in Virtual [...]

Periods of being randomly bored

In odd moments of silence, thoughts have a way of creeping in that appear foolish, but on additional reflection reveal something of value. The obvious solution to these random thoughts is to pursue hyper-distractedness. I don’t always succeed on that front. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how change happens. The US election was all about [...]

How the Crash Will Reshape America

Adhering to the motto “a provocative title will surely increase readership”, Atlantic has an interesting article on How the Crash Will Reshape America: Economic crises tend to reinforce and accelerate the underlying, long-term trends within an economy. Our economy is in the midst of a fundamental long-term transformation—similar to that of the late 19th century, [...]

Uneven impact

Creative Class analyzes the sectors hardest hit by job losses. Traditional manufacturing fields are most impacted. Office, sales, computer, art, and architecture/engineering show large losses as well. Service sector jobs – health, education, legal – are fairing better than most. Many of those most impacted will soon be returning to colleges and universities to engage [...]

Wearable computing

Information confined to a physical space may be a thing of the past. Watches, books, newspapers, and even computers are physically constrained. To access information, we must have the physical object (duh). What if it weren’t so? What if information was simply “there” when we needed it? What if software (and, at least for now, [...]

On the value of assessment…

Marks are really rather arbitrary. I have this fear, when marking, that I’ll double mark a paper/project submitted by a student (i.e. I’ll mark it once with comments and a grade…and then, because I forgot I had already marked it, do the same again)…and provide completely different comments or even a different grade. A prof [...]

Ontario in the creative age

Ontario in the creative age (.pdf) makes the somewhat obvious argument that Ontario (and many parts of the developed world) are experiencing a “shift from more routine-oriented to creativity-oriented jobs that place a premium on analytical and social intelligence skills”. The authors then suggest that no region/country has yet made the transition to an economy [...]