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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Measurement of Openness in Education Systems

I’m not a fan of measurement – largely because it forces technique and structure onto systems often better served by acknowledgment interdependence between entities. But, we need a way to measure openness in universities. Why? Largely to raise awareness of the multi-faceted nature of openness. Being open involves more than posting a few courses online. [...]

Innovation & Mobiles

How do organizations plan and develop value points? Value network analysis provides insight into how systemic structure influences innovation potential. Consider the iphone vs. Google phone value propositions: “The good side of networks is that they can make it easier for ideas to spread. The problem with networks is that to get people to actually [...]

Openness isn’t so open anymore

I’ve posted a rant/whine on the current state of thinking in openness: Openness isn’t so open anymore

Google, Rome, Empire

History is worth studying (duh). But I fear that even when we do study it, humanity is wired in such a manner as to relive its errors. Ironically, the lessons of history seem to have more merit when they are history. War, political action, and human rights movements offer historians a podium from which to [...]

Spreading ideas and innovation

While in Brisbane a few weeks ago, I met Tim Kastelle. In addition to his faculty role at Queensland University, he’s an active blogger/twitter/social media-er. His focus is on innovation and leadership – important topics for the education system as a whole. In a recent post, he visits the work of Duncan Watts on how [...]


A network of individuals knows more than a single individual. That’s somewhat obvious. Sure, “wisdom of the crowds” (wikipedia) can quickly become “idiocy of the crowds” (youtube comments)…and experts do know more than novices (though a network of experts knows more than an individual expert). This is evident in the education field. Education employs more [...]

IRRODL: New issue

I’ve heard the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning described as the most cited journal in the educational technology field. It helps that it’s an open journal. Openness, after all, increases the prospect of impact and influence as barriers of interaction are reduced. According to editor Terry Anderson, 2009 marked IRRODL’s 10th [...]

State of elearning 2009

Tony Bates reflects on 2009, noting positive developments and disappointments: Then we look at the public sector, and in particular the big research universities, and what do we see? Clickers, lecture capture, multiple screens in the classroom, learning management systems with Powerpoint slides and pdf files loaded, and a total lack of recognition that the [...]

Publish/Subscribe Matrix Could Explode Into Glass-Smooth Platform

The concepts expressed here are important for software use in education – Publish/Subscribe Matrix Could Explode Into Glass-Smooth Platform: “Publish once and your content is everywhere, immediately. Open your browser and it will show you just the kind of content you need, from all around the web, targeting your particular circumstances like clickstream, social graph [...]

Future of Education: Deschooling society?

Earlier this year, while in Rome, I was interviewed by Robin Good on a wide range of topics. He’s been posting the interview in small (5-10 min) recordings. The most recent recording is on the future of education – i.e. is deschooling society possible? Short answer: not likely – society is an institutionalizing system. We [...]