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Monthly Archives: August 2009

How do organizations respond to emerging technologies?

Businesses, schools, and universities are having difficulty responding to emerging technologies. The newspaper industry, for example, is not having an easy time adjusting to the internet. If you’re looking for a case study in how one organization responded to potentially disruptive change, have a look at NPR – at a tipping point? It’s rare for [...]

Radicalization of educational reform

David Wiley is concerned that the radicals are taking over discussions of educational reform (in relation to open educational resources in particular). I tried posting a comment on his site…but was unable to. So, I’ve posted my views on my connectivism site.

Virtual private cloud

Amazon has announced a new service – Virtual Private Cloud (VPC): “Minus all the acronyms, that means that Amazon has created a hybrid cloud that can work securely for the enterprise, balancing the need for encryption with the low cost and scaling power that the cloud provides.” Personal learning environments (PLEs) are subject to criticism [...]

Even revolutionaries conserve

Humberto Maturana has stated “even revolutionaries conserve…All systems only exist as long as there is conservation of that which defines them”. The concept revolutionaries as conservators is reflected in many aspects of society. Sometimes it’s revealed in the establishment of structures similar to those that a movement sought to replace (i.e. Soviet Union). Sometimes it’s [...]

State of learning management systems in higher education

Michael Feldstein links to a thorough review of learning management systems in higher education: presentation (webex) and slides (.pdf). The presentation starts with a bit of background noise and annoying “beeps” each time someone logs in (come on WebEx, it’s irritating). As the presentation progresses, the background noise is reduced. The presentation includes the best [...]

“Good” peer review

After a rather negative experience due to a poorly managed peer review process with an article I submitted to a journal, I decided to post a few thoughts on what good peer review “should do” for authors, reviewers, and editors: In the field of emerging technologies, too many reviewers are not current and as a [...]

Letting networks do what they do well.

Valdis Krebs shares a simple network approach to analyzing how organizations can gain better awareness of regional innovation: Regional Economic Development. It’s a simple process: collect list of organizations, sort list by location and industry similarity, and port into network analysis tool (Valdis has his own, I’ve used netminer in the past for social network [...]


The one consistent defense I hear when I suggest that multitasking doesn’t exist (i.e. that learners don’t actually multitask…they rapidly task switch, leaving observers with the impression they are managing multiple tools/attention streams) is some variation of “how do you explain my daughter (or son, grandchild) who is able to text, watch TV, and work [...]


The prominence of mobile devices (particular smart phones) is raising the profile of location-aware programs. When I search on my iPhone, Google wants to know my location so it can provide more relevant search results. Or, when I’m in a city I’m not familiar with, Google Maps has guided me to many a coffee shop [...]

It’s raining in the cloud

Like many people, I store much of my data in what is very loosely called “the cloud”. Google stores many of my documents, email, social contacts, and calendar. Ning holds many of my online interactions, as do Twitter and Facebook. The freedom of not being tied to one device is great. The cloud model is [...]