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Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Edgeless University

The Edgeless University (.pdf) argues, that while university enrollment continues to increase, universities are in an increasingly “fragile state”. Growing competition, heavy reliance on public funding (which is made even more insecure in today’s economy), technology growth, open content, and social media/networks are forcing universities to adapt. The author states that technology is the core [...]

Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning

This report will get a fair bit of attention: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning (.pdf). It joins a long list of meta-analysis by researchers like Abrami, Bernard et al. (.pdf), Tallent-Runnells et al., Zhao et al., and of course the original “no significant difference” site. The current report – by US Department of [...]

Beyond Management: Personal Learning Environments

Stephen Downes’ presentation at ED-MEDIA 2009 is available: Beyond Management: Personal Learning Environments. The talk is an advancement (integration) of Stephen’s ideas over the last several years and looks like a precursor to his large PLE research project at NRC. During the talk, he makes a distinction between complicated and complex that resonates with my [...]

The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

I encourage you to read this report from the MacArthur foundation, published by MIT Press The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (.pdf). If you’ve followed this blog – and many others with a similar educational technology focus over the last seven years – you won’t find much new in it. And that’s [...]

Learning Leaders Fieldbook

Masie Center’s Learning Leaders Fieldbook offers a diverse-perspective overview of leading learning in an organization. Topics include talent management, role of CLO (including lifecycle, basics of success, team structure), and role of technology. In all, it’s a good handbook. But, its strength is also a weakness: each chapter is only a few pages. After a [...]

Why free web services aren’t really free

There are many reasons to love emerging technologies – ease of use, features, ability to connect with family/friends. But for most people “free” is a prominent reason. Unfortunately, it’s not the right kind of free. The idealism of early 2000 around open source and free software has given way (within education) to “wow, cool tool” [...]

A Global Reset for Advertising

Advertising revenue for newspapers, TV, magazines, and other mainstream media will rebound once the current economic situation improves, right? Not according to Ballmer: “”I don’t think we are in a recession, I think we have reset,” he said. “A recession implies recovery [to pre-recession levels] and for planning purposes I don’t think we will. We [...]

Attention and distraction

Educators and trainers face competition for attention from mobile devices and social networking services. Of course, prior to the development of these technologies, we faced a similar challenge of attention – but day dreaming is far hard to detect than someone posting comments on Facebook or Twitter. Designing Choreographies for the “New Economy of Attention” [...]

Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning

I’m looking forward to this project I’m involved in with Dave Cormier: Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning. From the AACE site: We’ll will explore emerging technological and related research trends from a perspective of social and networked learning theory. Finding coherence in the midst of rapid changes is increasingly difficult. This monthly session [...]

Failing new grading approaches

This confuses me. Basically, a prof doesn’t have the funds available to hire teaching assistants to help with grading, so he adopts a peer-review model: learners grade each other. In this instance, the union representing teaching assistants disapproved, filed a challenge, and the prof has now been ordered to discontinue the practice. I guess they [...]