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Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Ideals and Reality of Participating in a Massive Open Online Course

Open invitation: I’ve managed to convince Jenny, John, and Roy to present a paper on their experience in the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course online: When: On Friday, July 2, at 11:00 am EST (Time zone conversations) Where: Here in Elluminate Topic: The Ideals and Reality of Participating in a Massive Open Online Course This [...]

Data overlay

The physical and virtual worlds are blurring. The popularity of geo-location tools is an early indication of what the future holds for digital/physical integration. Currently, this integration exists mainly to communicate your location with your physical network or splash a bit of digital graffiti on a business or organization. Sites like historypin seem like a [...]

Data as the new basis for science?

Sergy Brin (co-founder of Google) is at risk of developing Parkinson’s. But he’s not convinced that traditional research methods can provide a cure in a suitable timeline. What do you do when you have an algorithmic world-view and the economic resources to enact that view? Well, you change the premise of science: “Can a model [...]

Building a distributed social network? You’re doing it wrong

Building a distributed social network? You’re doing it wrong: “…in social networking platforms, sharing is the feature. In distributed social software, sharing is a feature.” According to this definition, distributed social software is more in line with what I would call a personal learning environment or network.

More about those lovely networks

It’s reasonably well known that networks have a significant impact the ability for individuals to learn and to “be intelligent”. Social networks, however, also influence aspects of health and emotional wellbeing. For example – Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else is Doing it Too: Social Network Effects on Divorce – suggests that [...]

Sharing vs. Competing

This statement is applied to journalism, but is highly relevant for educators: “There is a professional transition in the field from an environment where competition was the dominant mode of interacting with other organizations to an era where dividing labor and sharing might serve the public better.” Sharing is an important strategy for public universities [...]

Social Media Experiments

I enjoyed this presentation by Duncan Watts on the research going on around social media. He makes the key point that change doesn’t happen in large cascades but rather in a sequence of smaller cascades. For example, if a company wants to promote a product, the typical mindset is to try and influence key people. [...]

Innovation at Google: the physics of data

An interesting talk by Marissa Mayer on Innovation at Google: the physics of data. She argues that three key changes exist around data: speed, scale, and sensors (new means of collecting data). Around the 30 minute mark she nicely sums up Google philosophy: find innovation weak points (areas where technology has advanced, but hasn’t been [...]

iPad. Yes, it’s rather good

Jon Dron shares his analysis of the iPad: This is the first generation of a new kind of thing. The novelty is not in any specific thing, but in the scale and style with which it is all glued together. As it matures and Apple find yet more ways to extort money from us, it [...]

Knowledge and Institutions

Stian Haklev shares a good talk on Viewing Open Education from the Perspectives of Knowledge Building and Connectivism. He raises important questions about different structures for learning and knowledge growth (building). While his focus is mostly on learning and networks – citing P2PU, CCK08/09, EdFutures, Wiley’s open education course – I found his discussion about [...]