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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Capacity, Change, and Performance

Capacity, Change, and Performance (.pdf here) is a lengthy report (166 pages) from 2008. The report is focused on development agencies, but many of the concepts tackled apply well to corporations and education. The report is worth more of an analysis/critique than I have time for now, but I’d to draw attention to the chart [...]

Visualization – Mapping Science: Places and Spaces

Over the last four years, I’ve been following and engaging in developments in visualizations and analytics. I presented, with Cyprien Lomas, on the topic of data visualization in education at an EDUCAUSE conference in San Antonio in 2008 (if you’re interested, my delicious bookmarks on visualization are here). Visualization is a key strategy in making [...]

Drilling for Certainty

This article – Drilling for Certainty – ponders how integrated complex systems produce failure when crossed with the human psychology. The difficulty challenge of complexity/human limits can be seen in numerous natural/man-made disasters, the economy, and terrorist activities. Understanding how systems function in cycles of change is a substantial problem that governments and organizations will [...]


Openness plants seeds for future innovation. The work of many universities around open content has contributed to an ecosystem for innovation. Einztein is the latest company to try and add a value layer to freely available educational material. More and more of these companies will appear in the near future offering a combination of aggregation [...]

Disintermediation: The disruption to come for Education 2.0

Technology is an alpha-male field – it comes to dominate what it touches. It transforms what it encounters. To be a technologist, it appears, means that all fields serve at your discretion. Look at the music and movie industries, journalism, and increasingly education. The people driving the reform are not necessarily the experts in the [...]

Don’t shoot the messenger

The Economist highlights recent comments by Obama about “iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations—none of which I know how to work—information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment.” The article then equates this as a moment of Luddism in a generally technologically proficient politician. After arguing [...]

Amplifying the University

The University of Prince Edward Island has posted the video from my presentation last week on Amplifying the University (slides are available here). Alec Couros’ presentation on Open and Networked Learning is also available.

Research Seminar: Social Networks and Learning

We’re only about a month away from the TEKRI-hosted doctoral seminar on Social Networks and Learning. We have a great list of presenters and research students lined up. If you’re interested in attending, registration is open. And, if you’d like to share with friends/colleagues, an event poster is also available (.pdf). Terry Anderson has a [...]

Startups and the “great reset”

Richard Florida channels Joseph Schumpeter in arguing that times of crisis foster creativity. Schumpeter argued that creativity requires destruction. Can fields of training, development, and education benefit from waves of creativity unleashed during economic “resets”? I think so. Current innovation in learning technology has focused on digitally duplicating the functionality of previous training/learning activities. Hence [...]

Google TV

In a perfect world, I’d like to think that technology gravitates to what gives individuals the greatest personal control and spectrum of options (I’d love to, for example, see the open Android model succeed over the closed iPhone model). This week, Google announced Google TV, with the intent of bringing greater choice and access for [...]