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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Creating a city that thinks like the web

When success is discovered in one domain, it’s natural to expand whatever the “it” is into other domains. Open source software has changed how software is created, tested, and released. Open education finds its roots in this movement (and both find their roots in Richard Stallman’s early work, which in turn has it’s roots in [...]

Universities and financial crisis

The Bank of Canada has declared that the recession is over. While the numerical indicators (small growth predicted) may support this assertion, reality will tell a different story for many people and institutions. Universities, for example, are only now beginning to feel the impact. University of California is starting with deep cuts. Canadian universities are [...]

Beware the cloud

I’ve found personal benefit to moving more and more of my information into “the cloud”. Web-based tools like Google Docs, Twitter, wordpress, delicious, etc. provide the freedom to access my resources regardless of device. The development of smart phones over the last several years makes this model of data creation/access particularly valuable. With MobileMe and [...]

Interrogating media

When seeking to understand media, gurus/experts like to use questions as guides. Two of the more provocative media thinkers – Postman and McLuhan offer the following to interrogate media (and technology): In his lecture Technology and Society, Neil Postman offers the following questions for consideration: What is the problem to which this technology is a [...]

Huxley and Orwell

Last week, during our Summer Institute at University of Manitoba, we had a few meandering discussions of how technology is influencing humanity. Discussions of “it’s all changing” are common. The greater challenge is to engage in “what are we becoming”. At one stage, I made the point that two writers framed the concerns facing society: [...]

Changing Universities

The quest of many educators to reform universities (either through open educational resources, encouraging greater adoption of social media, re-balancing faculty/learner control, redefining authority and (as a consequence) authoritative information) will happen, it seems, through economic pressures. Consider universities in California: “University of California, the nation’s leading public university, is being forced to cut its [...]

Bloggers aren’t journalists

Two events this week bring to the forefront the depth of change in news and journalism. First, TechCrunch received over 300 documents from an individual who had hacked into Twitter’s network. In an effort to draw attention to itself, TC released some of the documents. The information ranges from silly (projections of users) to somewhat [...]

Wiki: Intro to Emerging Tech

Last week, as part of our certificate in emerging tech, we hosted a week long face-to-face version of our course on emerging technologies. We had good representation from University of Manitoba faculty, local organizations (colleges, schools, universities), and even a few international participants (Palestine and Belgium). The wiki for the course is posted here if [...]

The future of the business of learning

Tony Karrer, Jay Cross, and I host a (fairly) regular online events relating to corporate learning on our LearnTrends site. Tony has put together an upcoming event on the future of the business of learning. From the site: Corporate training departments and training companies are facing challenging times. It’s clear to thrive they need to [...]

Addressing problems of faculty resistance

James Morrison tackles the topic encouraging faculty to expand their range of instructional strategies and increase utilization of technology in the process. A great discussion follows the original post. Obviously, you don’t need technology to be a provide a great learning experience. Creative, engaging, and participatory learning is an educational mindset, not something that requires [...]