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Monthly Archives: May 2010

A survey of powerful visualization techniques, from the obvious to the obscure

It’s tough to stay current in any field or on any topic these days – things just move too fast. Some progress is being made in using social networks and data visualization to address this challenge. Networks simultaneously contribute to and address the problem of abundance. Twitter, Facebook, and blogs increase the volume of conversations, [...]

Do we still need academic journals?

Tony Bates asks wether we still need academic journals (note, he pays homage to the need for a system that is capable of “disseminating useful information that has a sound academic base”…he just questions the journal model). Existing mindsets are challenged by new technologies – especially those that enable new actions. The form of journals [...]

Amplifying the University: Integrating Learning, Knowledge, and Technology

I’m in Prince Edward Island, my first visit here, as part of a presentation/consultation/workshop with University of PEI on online learning strategy. The slides from my presentation today are now available: Amplifying the University: Integrating Learning, Knowledge, and Technology

Where do you go for your data?

This week in our Future(s) of Education open course, we’re focusing on data sources. Too many conference speakers throw out views and opinions about where education is going without providing a sufficient sources for audience members to consider the legitimacy of those views (I’ve done that many times myself). Over the last several years, I’ve [...]

Networked Learning Conference

The Networked Learning Conference has now posted conference papers from the 2010 conference. I want to draw attention to three papers in particular that were influenced by CCK08/09 that Stephen Downes and I have delivered over the last few years (we’re gearing up for 2010. Stephen is in Edmonton toward the end of June, and [...]

The value of critique

Critique is not always desirable. In some cases, it hurts or infuriates. But, as Dave Snowden notes in derrogation of the precious “to those consultants and facilitators who dislike dissent and seek the safety of bland conformity and consensus; I suggest your problem is that you don’t really understand your field, you can’t cope with [...]


HP laps is working on a neat concept called Gloe: “The service is essentially a form of Augmented Reality, augmenting physical locations with geotagged web content.” The virtual and physical worlds are blurring…and it’s producing some fascinating options for learning. Combine physical search (Goggles), with location-based tagging – digital graffiti – (Foursquare, Gowalla), and existing [...]


Facebook is getting negative attention for (again) messing around with privacy. FB’s privacy policy exceeds the length of the US constitution, so it’s little wonder why people are confused. A small, but growing movement now calls for a Facebook exodus on May 13. Valdis Krebs argues that Facebook is toast due to its structural model, [...]

Presentation Slides: U of Windsor & SAIT

Bright and early this morning, I delivered a keynote to University of Windsor on Technology and Tomorrow’s University. Slides are available here. After that presentation (video conference), I meandered over to SAIT where I presented on the Implications of Media and Technology Use among Today’s Learners. Slides are available here.


Udemy has launched as a virtual learning academy. I set up an account (fairly painless) and started playing around with their synchronous classroom tool. First impression – nothing very new here, but the tools work well. However, after the Ning experience, it’s difficult to trust a newcomer that doesn’t have a way for data export. [...]