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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Online education experiences

Slashdot – hallowed ground for die-hard techies – is again tackling the question of experiences with online education. The general tone is negative – too much reading in online courses, discussions are too shallow, not enough time “doing”, too expensive, and so on. Most of the complaints (other than those relating to costs) are not [...]

Life Microscope

Last year, I suggested we need a Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning device – i.e. a “learnometer” that tracks our interactions with content, information, technology, and people. Everything is recorded. Everything is analyzed. Everything is geared to extended and personalizing learning. Today, I encountered a device that mimics a bit of this: Hitachi’s Life Microscope. [...]

Are iPads/Mobiles changing the way we think?

This is just a variation of the question that was discussed at length (without much conclusion) about the web and social media – Are iPads/Mobiles changing the way we think?: “Today’s technology may be determining not just how we spend our time: It actually may be “rewiring” the way we think, how we experience the [...]

Xyleme voices

A month ago or so, I was contacted by Xyleme voices to do a podcast on social learning networks: from theory to practice. The podcast is now available (runs 19 min). In a related post, Dawn Polous asks is there a better to social learning?

Emerging Technologies in Distance Education

Huge congrats to George Veletsianos on the release of his text Emerging Technologies in Distance Education with AU Press. The text includes contributions from many of the leaders in the use of technologies in various educational settings. The text consists of four sections: foundations of emerging technologies in DE, learning designs for emerging tech, social, [...]


Carrying on with the discussion of web 3.0 and web eXtended, I’ve posted a few thoughts on the xWeb: “xWeb is the utilization of smart, structured data drawn from our physical and virtual interactions and identities to extend our capacity to be known by others and by systems.”

Connectivism in the Enterprise

I’m delivering a presentation in a few weeks to a “large technology company that everyone knows but I can’t name because of onerous procedures for clearing name use” on Connectivism in the Enterprise: .doc file and Google docs version. The paper doesn’t really include anything new…but is an attempt to explore connectivist learning models in [...]

Web 3.0

Steve Wheeler shares a presentation Web 3.0: The way forward?. Steve takes a three-fold view of web development: 1.0=linking, 2.0=participation, 3.0=existing data reconnected for smarter uses. Stephen Downes responds “let me be the first to name the new web: Web eXtended (or just Web X)…idea of Web X is that it combines web 2.0 (social [...]

Reshaping Marketing

Education, like news, journalism, and marketing, is undergoing a substantial shift. Essentially, the individual formerly known as “student” now has far greater control over information, conversation, and access to experts outside of the classroom. Broadcast lectures are giving way to interaction and learner control. A great example of a similar shift can be seen in [...]

The great closing? The end of free?

I pay for apps on my mobile that I would not pay for in my browser. I’m not sure why. Convenience? Habit? The ease of purchasing an app on iTunes vs. entering credit card information for content in a browser? This past week, I encountered two articles that forecast the end of free content online [...]