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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Change that prevents real change

Textbook publishers are experiencing turmoil. Change pressures are amplified by the open education movement. A new model is clearly needed. Flatworld Knowledge is currently the most innovative companies in the textbook field: textbooks can be read online or purchased (for $30). But is it enough? My view is that it’s not the right model. I’ve [...]

some thoughts on technophilia

danah boyd challenges technological determinism: some thoughts on technophilia: It is easy to fall in love with technology. It is equally easy to fear it…I want to push back against our utopian habits because I think that they’re doing us a disservice. Technology does not determine practice. How people embrace technology has less to do [...]

Change, influence, power

How do we create change? This question sits centrally in many discussions on the use of technology in learning as well as the broader “how do we improve education” movement. Grassroots change has been prominent in education – i.e. a teacher experiments with blogs or Second Life outside of school mandates. Most of my use [...]


Humans create tools to extend their potential. Plows to accelerate digging dirt with hands. “The wheel” to accelerate travels. Clubs, swords, and explosives to accelerate our ability to kill. Most of our history has involved building tools to extend the body. A few instances of using tools to extend the mind- language and books – [...]

Online Campus…

Online learning – after 15 years of hype – is now recognized as a viable solution to some rather complex problems facing universities – see Online Campus could solve many of U of California’s problems. Moving courses, programs, or even entire departments online should be justified by: a) better quality learning, b) increased access for [...]

More enterprise social software strategies

Some readers may find this useful: Eight Issues to Consider in Your Enterprise’s Internal Social Software Policy. Unfortunately, strategies seem to lead to policies and policies risk being an impediment to innovation. If decisions about communication and interaction are made on legal and organizational basis, rather than innovation and idea sharing (see A threat to [...]

No more albums

Content sources are disaggregating. Courses, albums, newspapers, and even TV programs (i.e. the 5 min YouTube video) are fragmenting into smaller pieces. Which, of course, increases options for re-creating/remixing (smaller the size, greater the opportunities for repurposing). Radiohead pushes the boundaries again (remember the pay what you want) by stating they will not be publishing [...]

Who loses in open education?

I posted a few thoughts on my connectivism blog on who loses in open education and the disaggregation of the teaching role in universities: Here we are…there we are going.

Social Media Seminar

Earlier this week, Dave Cormier and I hosted our second session on Social Media: Trends and Implications. Session recordings for both July and August are now available. We’re still finding the right mix and theme for the show, but I thought this session was a bit smoother than the first. We had good turn out [...]

Cosy networks stifle innovation

More is not always better, especially with a network. Densely connected networks actually serve to stifle innovation. Granovetter recognized (.pdf) that network formations influence information flow. Beinhocker explored the implications of highly vs. sparsely connected networks. A recent article in New Scientist states that “the over-abundance of connections through which information travels reduces diversity and [...]