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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Narratives of Coherence: Teaching and learning in networks

In preparation for a course at Athabasca University on Teaching and Learning in Social and Technological Networks (as part of an institution-wide pilot of the (sort of) open source social network service ELGG dubbed that we’ve dubbed the Landing), I’ve been spending a fair bit of time reflecting on how the role of a teacher [...]

The Future of the Internet IV

I guess this is sort of like research – ask a number of people viewed to be experts a series of questions and then create a report listing their quotes with a bit of wrap around contextual text: The Future of The Internet IV. The report covers topics of collective intelligence, innovations, information control, and [...]

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Want to get a good sense of emerging technologies available for learning and training? New Technology Supporting Informal Learning offers a great “state of the field” analysis of change pressures and tools/methods available as a response. From the article: “Learning networks capture an essential element in learning today, the simple fact that we don’t know [...]

What Google Could Learn from Goffman

This is one of the more insightful statements I’ve come across recently – What Google Could Learning From Goffman: “When we merge social groups together, we are challenged to manage our disclosures across these groups, which have different norms of propriety.” The social software I use regularly – Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin – allows me to [...]

Mobiles and socializing

Are mobile devices better for socializing than desk/laptops? If use is an indicator, then yes: “But perhaps the most interesting finding from the new data is the fact that more people are using the mobile web to socialize (91%) compared to the 79% of desktop users who do the same.” The article is unclear on [...]

More University Pain

Business week reports on the funding crunch in universities: The past year has been one of the most brutal for the higher education world in decades, with private schools struggling to stay afloat and even some of the most elite institutions suffering huge endowment losses and cutbacks. But state schools perhaps have been hit the [...]

Lack of Sympathy

The Edmonton Journal’s article on funding cuts at University of Alberta is just one example of funding pressure higher education is facing. The real story, for me at least, is how people are responding in the comments. Most comments are negative, critical of universities and faculty as out of touch with reality. These critical views [...]

Peer Review

Peer review as practiced in journals today is somewhat antithetical to the spirit of the web: journals filter then publish, the web publishes then filters. I’ve shared (aka whined) my thoughts in the past on poor peer review and have offered a developmental model of scholarship. Which means I’m predisposed to finding articles like this [...]

State of Social Media Around the World

Social media – that lovely term that has now replaced web 2.0 as a meaningless buzz word, but is still useful for initiating conversations because it’s the one thing people can hold on to when all else seems ambiguous – is truly a global force. Brian Solis pieces together a variety of reports and details [...]

Collect, then connect

First we collect the data, then we connect the fragmented pieces to gain insights into ourselves and into society. Once ideas, personal preferences and interests, and even thoughts have been externalized and made explicit in online profiles, blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, the data simply waits to be mined and analyzed. And it’s starting: How to [...]