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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Five Questions: eLearn Magazine

Lisa Neal Gualtieri, of eLearn Magazine, asked me a series of questions learning models, basic skills, the current education system, etc. The interview is now available online. I emphasized the need for the design of organizations to reflect the ways in which information is created, shared, and re-created.

What does it mean to be “a human”?

Somewhere between technological advancement as a tool to augment human intelligence and pharmaceuticals to improve focus and alertness, we have to ask ourselves: what does it mean to be a human? Or do we classify all advancements as simply extending humanity? We have, after all, expended much of our effort over the last 3000 years [...]

Leveraging the human network

Chief Learning Officer has published an article on Leveraging Human Networks to Accelerate Learning: “Networks connect diverse people quickly and easily…Networks can withstand stress and adapt quickly to change…Networks contain a small number of people that have proportionately more influence over the network than others.” I’m concerned about this article and about recent emphasis on [...]

New criteria for new media

What is the value of being active in new media? If you’re an educator or researcher, is there any value in having a presence on Twitter? In being an active blogger? Does a series of self-published articles have any merit (i.e. in contrast to traditional peer review)? University of Maine is the first university I’m [...]

The (changed) information cycle

The traditional information cycle looks like this: Information is created through research and then disseminated through conferences, discussions with colleagues, etc. Validation of the value and accuracy (both loaded terms) of the information is achieved through expert peer review. If deemed to be of suitable quality, information is then published in journals, conference proceedings, and [...]

Future of Education

KnowledgeWorks, in their 2020 education forecast, suggests our future will be one where “each of us has the opportunity – and the responsibility – to make our collective future” and that current pressures of change “are pushing us to create the future of learning as an ecosystem, in which we have yet to determine the [...]

Learning in Social Networks

It’s a great time to be in education. And an even better time to be in the educational technology field. The fuzzy, ambiguous, emerging, and confusing world of technology and learning is more clearly defined than it was only ten years ago. This is largely due to the many different voices exploring and considering trends [...]

Overview of Complexity Science

Complexity science is part of a fairly loosely connected field of developing sciences that includes chaos, emergence, self-organization, and network theory. This interactive map of complexity science provides a good overview of various fields/disciplines. I do have a few issues with the map, however. First, complexity science, according to the map creator, incorporates many emerging [...]

Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training

Mohamed Ally (Director, CDE, Athabasca University) has released a text – Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training. The book is available for purchase or as an ebook download. Mobile learning has a promising future and this is a timely resource. Thanks to Mohamed, chapter authors, and AU for making this resource available. [...]

Visualizing OECD Data

While reading OECD’s publication Education Today, I noticed a StatLink option under each of the tables/charts. StatLink is part of OECD’s ongoing initiative to make data available in original form. A simple click and data is downloaded into a spreadsheet for happy manipulation by the user. A simple, but important idea. OECD also offers a [...]