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Monthly Archives: October 2009

ECAR annual report of Undergraduate Tech Use

The ECAR 2009 report of undergraduate IT use has been released. If you’ve followed these reports over the last few years, you won’t find much new. A key assertion from previous surveys is validated: “they [students] consistently report that they prefer only a moderate amount of IT when it comes to their courses”. The main [...]

Search: Twitter, Facebook, People

Bing and Google search deals for Facebook and Twitter are getting quite a bit of attention and commentary. What’s the value of real time search? It’s largely about being aware of global patterns of interest – a sort of zeitgeist or attentional focus (some have called it consciousness, but that seems silly – knowing what [...]

Technologically externalized knowledge and learning

I’ve been thinking about what learning might/could/should look like in today’s technological age. Thoughts are posted on my connectivism blog: technologically externalized knowledge and learning.

LearnTrends 2009

I’m looking forward to LearnTrends 2009 – an online conference that Tony Karrer, Jay Cross, and I are organizing. The official conference page has been posted. Fantastic lineup of speakers (great job Jay & Tony!!). A reminder – the LearnTrends Innovation nominations close Oct 31.

Decentralized work: The final frontier

The ideologies that give birth to systems remain long after they cease being valuable. End result: we have systems and policies that function under ideologies/views that are no longer needed, and in many instances, have an overall negative impact. Consider work. Many people are now involved in work that doesn’t require physical presence at an [...]

Value of visual thinking

I’m inept with visuals. I made a decision at the start of the year to increase my use of visuals in presentation and blog posts. I haven’t been tremendously successful, but I’ll keep trying. Resources such as this – the value of visual thinking – are helpful in a) increasing my guilt and sense of [...]

A few web 2.0 resources

A few (unrelated) resources on web 2.0: Microsoft and web 2.0 resources (via Stephen Downes) I’m not sure how Microsoft defines web 2.0 – not much in the list that fits my definition. However, still a number of useful resources. The distance between Microsoft and Google is quite evident in participative/collaborative tools. Google is the [...]

The chemistry of information addiction

Information addiction is appearing more frequently as a term to describe how our brain craves information. The chemistry of information addiction indicates why many people find the internet (particularly under the banner of real-time tools) so rewarding: we crave information and we want it now. The author states that we find “not-knowing” to be stressful. [...]

Using technology to improve the cost-effectiveness of the academy

Tony Bates explores using technology to improve the cost-effectiveness of the academy (and part 2). After exploring the challenges faced by universities, Tony concludes, logically, that: I believe we need much more variety in institutional structures and models of educational delivery than we have at the current time. We need in other words more innovation [...]

Personal Learning Environments/Networks: Call for chapters

Our PLE/N conference is well underway. If interested, the recordings are available (under week five). A call for chapters has been issued as well for an upcoming PLE book.