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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Open Connectivism Spanish Course

Looks like several educators have taken the connectivism course that Stephen Downes and I have been running for the last few years and are now offering a Spanish version: TIOD10 (Google translation). Whenever I see initiatives like this – an adaptation and an augmentation of an open course – I’m reminded of the tremendous potential [...]

Robots among us

The idealistic (or terror-filled) views of robots as portrayed in media is on an entirely different trajectory than the practical roles that robots are capable of fulfilling: cooking, shopping, and medical training. The use of robots in education seems a bit odd, however. Medical uses as humanoid patients makes sense – the tactile feedback of [...]

Workplace training

Training and development in the workplace is critical for building organizational capacity and adaptivity. The author of this article argues that American companies have largely reduced workplace education…and have done so at their own peril. India is provided as an example of a country, like Japan, that adopted the best employee development models from western [...]

Is this the way to change higher education?

I agree with Tony Bates’ points in this post questioning the model of (actually lack of) educational change: I feel a little bit like Cubans in 1956 – we need to change, but where will the revolution take us? And will it roll over me and everyone else? At least Castro had a vision and [...]

How Social Media Impacts the Practice of Business Communications

PR, marketing, and business communications share a concern with education: how to communicate a message that you can no longer control. Conversation and information fragmentation presents real problems for organizations (Bernay’s Torches of Freedom campaign in 1929). I delivered a presentation to IABC today on How Social Media Impacts the Practice of Business Communications to [...]

Higher Education Budgets and the Global Recession

Universities and colleges have had a long run of fairly unimpeded growth. During the last several decades, some shifts have occurred in faculty (more adjunct, less tenure) and administration (growing percentage of the overall budget and corporate-like CEO salaries). Overall, universities have had a very good run. Even now, hardly a day goes by where [...]

Audiences don’t pay for content

Recent murmurings from NYTimes indicate they will be experimenting with a paid content model over the next few years. At the same time, newspapers and other content producers are eagerly awaiting (well, more like panting on their death bed) for the iPad and other tablet devices to rejuvenate their economic fortunes. Can traditional news and [...]

The internet of things

The internet of things will likely have a greater impact on humanity than social media. The creation of a “central nervous system” for the earth or a “global data field” is well underway. As more devices connect to the internet – cars, home security systems, utility monitoring – and as more objects include RFID tags, [...]

Games as model for grading

Grading is an attempt to offer a statement of competence/knowledge about an individual in relation to a particular subject area. Many other statements of competence exist: personal opinion from colleagues, portfolio of work completed, success/impact in a particular field, etc. In games, competence is expressed (represented) by activities completed or levels achieved. So why not [...]

Ages: Social Networks

Ages of social network users reviews how the various social networks (Bebo, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc) break down in terms of age categories. Of the 19 services covered, the 35-44 age group is tops in 11. While this fits into the “interesting” category. I’d like to see better data on the online activities of different [...]