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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Technology as philosophy

We are currently in a process of translating (and renegotiating) principles democracy, individualism, identity, authority, liberty, equality, and power for a digital world. Most disconcerting is the lack of big thinkers – where is the digital realm’s Cleisthenes, Locke, or Voltaire? – on this front. Corporations (largely copyright holders) risk overwriting established law of individual [...]

Social media policies

Social media (that term that now means everything and as a consequence, nothing) has caught the attention of most organizations. Companies have faced the impact of criticism by social networks (United Breaks Guitars, Dell Hell, etc.)…as have celebrities (do I really have to list names?). For companies, concerns arise as to how employees engage with [...]

Engaging Students with Engaging Tools

Ed Webb provides a clear summary of how he re-created his conceptual and technological approach to teaching a course at Dickinson College: Engaging Students with Engaging Tools: “This kind of pedagogical approach demands time, enthusiasm, and enough self-confidence to make mistakes in front of students and model that as part of the learning process….The process [...]

Tyranny of Technique

Technique has a way of forcing standardization on systems, minimizing innovation in the process. We need technique at some levels, but with rapid change, it (technique) becomes a hindrance. Technique is about duplication and scale. Innovation is about novel, serendipitous connections. I gave a talk at University of Queensland on Tyranny of Technique: slides are [...]

Using Technology to Improve Collaboration

Simple, single functionality tools are great for collaboration. I’ve been involved in several implementations of larger-scale systems for collaboration (like Sharepoint). Adoption is generally slow, unless the tool is marketed heavily in the organization and integrated into workflow. In contrast, simple tools like wikis, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and social networking services can help to improve [...]

Social Media: Trends and Implications

Since July, Dave Cormier and I have been hosting a monthly session on Social Media: Trends and Implications. The recordings for all sessions, including December’s, are available here. We are continuing the series in 2010 and will provide more information on dates soon. It has been one of the more enjoyable projects I’ve been involved [...]

How Much Information

I’ve been waiting for this report for awhile (the last report was from 2003, produced by UC Berkely) How Much Information – now produced by UC San Diego: [C]omputers have had major effects on some aspects of information consumption. In the past, information consumption was overwhelmingly passive, with telephone being the only interactive medium. Thanks [...]

How to Get the Right Information to Improve Performance

This is an important point – How to Get the Right Information to Improve Performance: “Some organizations undercut their ability to discover their way to greatness by confusing the information needed to see problems with the information needed to solve them. So, they overburden staff with establishing the former and then underarm them in tackling [...]

Modeling a Paradigm Shift: From Producer Innovation to User and Open Collaborative Innovation

If you want to give a conference keynote – especially in education – the template used by many speakers is “look, here is a picture of the classroom. It hasn’t changed in 100 years”. This is then followed with a discussion that branches into either: “It’s no longer about scarcity” or “learners are different”. Show [...]

Cascading Change

Earlier this week, I was in New Zealand (first in Auckland for the ASCILITE conference, then for a few talks at University of Waikato). In Auckland, I was involved in a panel on Cascading Change. Seb Fiedler shares his views of academic engagement: For me this is not a mere matter of delivering a good [...]