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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Blog: Higher Education, David Jones

For about a month or so, I’ve been following one of the more thoughtful blogs on educational change, teaching, technology, and a bit of strategy written by David Jones. As the blog is being used to support PhD research, the author provides resources and articles with a more academic slant than found on many blogs. [...]

What will happen when your local TV Station & Newspaper are Gone?

Interesting question, especially considering the almost daily announcement of newspapers ceasing publication – sometimes altogether, other times, moving online: What will happen when your local TV Station & Newspaper are Gone? My view: We’ll find new ways of validating information, of discovering important topics, of sharing developments with others, and, hopefully, of reviving the role [...]

Knowledge Overload

The information cycle – creation, dissemination, validation, sharing, re-creation – has been altered. It is more open, more participatory, and less under the control of distributors (such as journals, newspapers, and mainstream media). Higher education has been slow to understand this shift. We are, after all, the experts. Others will turn to us when they [...]

Women in Educational Technology

To acknowledge Ada Lovelace (the first programmer) day, Janet Clarey has put together a list of women in educational technology. It’s a great list of individuals who are making significant contributions to our field. Thanks Janet!


The next big advance in information use/management will be visualization. Abundance requires new methods (i.e. Anderson’s “more is different” view). We can’t manage information abundance through traditional methods of interaction. I’ve suggested previously that networks serve a wayfinding and sensemaking role. Technology is another key component. Visualization can help to reveal connections not readily evident. [...]

The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine

For some, this promises a hopeful future, for others, a depressing erosion of what it means to be human – The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine: Sometime early in this century the intelligence of machines will exceed that of humans. Within a quarter of a century, machines will exhibit the full range of human [...]


I’ve been playing with a Kindle. Because it’s not available in Canada, I can only buy books or use it to read newspapers when I’m in the US (and I am fairly frequently). I generally like the interface. Visual cues of reading progress are nice and the device is comfortable to hold. But, I still [...]

Singapore as a model for teaching excellence

Finland has long been recognized for teaching excellence. Singapore is now getting its share of attention. Why do schools in Singapore “produce” successful learners when other schools do not (even when, as the article notes, they are using the same curriculum as some American schools)? The article argues that better teaching is due to rigid [...]

Why advertising is failing on the internet

The author makes this claim: Why advertising is failing on the internet: “Traditional advertising simply cannot be carried over to the internet, replacing full-page ads on the back of The New York Times or 30-second spots on the Super Bowl broadcast with pop-ups, banners, click-throughs on side bars.” …and then goes on to state why [...]

Generations online 2009

Pew Internet released a short report earlier this year: Generations Online. Biggest increase in internet use? Those in the 70-75 year-old age group. Age groups vary by their use of the online medium: younger generations use the internet for socializing/entertainment…older generations use it for research/shopping. Nothing too surprising, but does reinforce the message that age [...]